Bendable Smartphones May Finally Become Reality Soon

Samsung may be bringing back the flip phone — but not in the way you might expect.

The South Korea-based electronics giant is said to be developing two smartphones with bendable screens, Bloomberg reports, citing unnamed sources. The phones could launch as early as 2017. (Samsung blog Sam Mobile earlier reported that the firm was working on such devices.)

One such model would be capable of folding in half like a cosmetic compact, while a second would be able to unfurl its five-inch screen to eight inches when being used in tablet mode. Samsung may introduce one or both of these models in February during the annual Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain, a major smartphone industry event. Bendable screens could offer smartphone makers the chance to create devices in new form factors beyond the generally rectangular devices popular today.