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Samsung will continue to bet on folding, also on PCs

Samsung Display, the South Korean giant’s independent display company, has launched a new website confirming its intention to explore new form factors driven by its flexible OLED technology. It’s a continuation of the concept video he posted earlier this year in which he envisioned how some of his flexible, foldable, and roll-up displays could be used in future products. Everything indicates that interesting news will arrive in 2022.

Currently, Samsung can boast of having the most advanced folding smartphones on the market under the Fold and Flip series. And almost the only ones, because it is a type of design that not even Apple herself has dared – for now -. Of the rest of the manufacturers we have seen very little, they have not advanced beyond the concept phase and the little that has reached the market has not had enough pull.

New foldable devices from Samsung

Samsung will bet strongly on this type of format with the large umbrella that Samsung Display provides, with independent operation of the matrix, but obviously very connected.

By 2022, new smart phones are expected Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, which according to rumors will bring significant changes in the design of the hinges and the structure of the folding screen. The hinge will have a simplified design that will be cheaper to manufacture, and the folding screen will feature UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) improved, allowing it to bend in a smaller radius. In addition, they will be lighter and thinner than the current generation.

However, the great novelties in Samsung folding devices would not be mobile phones, but PCs with models like the Galaxy Book Fold 17. Here Samsung will not be the first because Lenovo has already marketed the spectacular ThinkPad X1 Fold, the industry’s first foldable laptop and a good example of an innovative and versatile device that can be used as an ultraportable, as a large tablet or in intermediate uses that its unique form factor allows.

Samsung would use the same design as Lenovo, a “book” type folded and unfolded in half thanks to a special hinge and flexible screen, of course with OLED technology and in a generous 17-inch size. Its internal hardware is not known, although Samsung has a choice depending on the approach it would like to give to this team, surely the Alder Lake from Intel.

The previous video tries to show the durability of this type of screens, folded and unfolded repeatedly up to 30,000 times (they say that without problems). On that basis, Samsung would have no problem marketing laptops like that Fold 17. It is the most advanced company in this type of technology and we will see news in a few months.

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