Samsung Display teased the future of flexible OLED screens with the launch of a new website earlier this week. The portal confirms Samsung’s dedication to exploring new form factors powered by flexible display technology, including slideable and rollable devices. Some of these concepts could become reality next year, at least according to a new rumor that also claims to shed some light on the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.
The company could announce its first foldable laptop in 2022 — presumably under the name of “Galaxy Book Fold 17″. Laptops are foldable by default, evidently, but Samsung’s futuristic take on the tried and proven form factor will have a single foldable display covering both halves of the device. One half of the foldable display can double as a touch keyboard or morph into other types of controls. The foldable laptop could be announced in early 2022, though its timeline will be affected by Samsung’s foldable display production capacity and remains subject to change.
Furthermore, Samsung is reportedly planning to tease the Slideable Flex form factor in more detail next year. The report doesn’t mention rollable displays, which could mean that Samsung will focus on materializing the slideable form factor first and foremost. Then again, slideable and rollable displays should fundamentally be the same.
The company could unveil a working slideable prototype around the Galaxy Z Fold/Flip 4’s announcement.
Galaxy Z Fold and Flip 4 to have improved hinges and UTG
The rumor suggests that the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 won’t represent a huge departure from the ongoing models, which doesn’t quite line up our expectations, at least as far as the clamshell flagship series is concerned. But reportedly, the sequels will bring meaningful changes to the hinge design and the structure of the foldable screen.
The hinge will have a simplified design which will be cheaper to manufacture, and the foldable display will have improved UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass), which will allow it to bend in a smaller radius. Despite these improvements, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 will reportedly be lighter and thinner than the current generation.
Samsung is leading the foldable display segment and will continue to do so next year. The company will want to introduce this technology to more segments, but keep in mind that leaked details are subject to change.
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