Samsung could have the ability to release two new smartphone models with bendable screens by early to mid-2017: one that can fold in half and another with a 5in screen that can be unfurled into an 8in tablet.
Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported the devices, which will use organic light-emitting diodes, could be released by early 2017, possibly at the time of Mobile World Congress in February.
In an initiative codenamed “Project Valley”, Samsung is preparing itself for a showdown with Apple, which is rumoured to be preparing to launch bezel-less smartphone designs in 2017.
Samsung, which is the world’s biggest supplier of OLED panels for mobile devices, pioneered new screen formats with multi-sided Edge smartphones in recent years.
It is also being reported by The Verge that the next Galaxy Note may skip a version number – moving to number 7 – to align with the Galaxy range.
Samsung demonstrated a rollable OLED screen at SD Display Week in San Francisco last month.