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Samsung still pushing for flexible smartphones by 2017

There are increasing reports that Samsung is set to release mobile devices next year with foldable displays. The South Korean company has been working on the technology for some time – which is centred around OLED screens – and it has already overcome a number of obstacles.

The latest news about Samsung’s work on flexible devices has come via the financial news outlet Bloomberg. It ties in with a similar report back in April, which emerged from Samsung’s home market of South Korea.

Recently Bloomberg spoke to an analyst in South Korea, who said that Samsung has overcome the obstacle of producing transparent plastics that are sufficiently durable.

“Next year is a probable scenario,” said Lee Seung Woo, of IBK Securities “Their biggest obstacle was related to making transparent plastics and making them durable, which seems resolved by now.”

Samsung are said to be working on two mobile devices with flexible displays. There is a smartphone that folds in half, as well as an 8-inch tablet-like device, that can effectively be folded to produce a 5-inch smartphone.