Hopes are that tech giant Samsung may finally introduce their cutting-edge dual screen foldable smartphone at the Samsung Developer Concept (SDC) this November.
Dual screen foldable concept introduced in 2012
Six years ago, Samsung revealed the, then-new ‘Youm’ concept, a dual screen “e-paper” wherein users could enjoy video calls and smart features on a tablet sized device. According to The Verge, Samsung used a thin-film transistor, instead of glass to make the display “thinner, lighter, and unbreakable.” The ground-breaking technology was projected for a release in the same year but never happened.
Smartphone concept revealed in 2014
Possibilities of a real dual screen foldable smartphone came close to reality in 2014, when the tech giant released a concept video showing a smartphone user able to use a tablet-sized device, which could then fold into a smartphone. Again, the concept never went into production. The bending-display technology remained a distant thought.
Concept now in the works
Koh Dong Jin, President of Samsung Electronics, revealed the bending-display technology was in the works last month. In an interview with CNBC, he admitted it’s “time to deliver” such a smartphone. Whereas, during the IFA electronics exhibition in Berlin last August, Jin explained the shortcomings of the technology. “You can use most of the uses … on foldable status. But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it. But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they buy it?”, he said.
Samsung Developer Conference on 7th-8th November
Meanwhile, the possibilityof a dual screen foldable smartphone (or a prototype) could become a reality at the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference, from 7th-8th November in San Francisco. The conference is described as “the crossroads between the present and the future.”