With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (along with their predecessors), Samsung already has more foldable phones on the market than other companies, but it seems that this is only the beginning, with new models and completely new form factors possibly in the works.
The company has launched a website that highlights various uses of flexible OLED screens, and in addition to the designs we have seen so far, the site also shows a ‘Slidable Flex’ design, which appears to be a flat screen that can be extended by pulling at the edges, and a ‘Rollable Flex’ screen, which can unfold from a tube.
Then there is also the ‘Flex Note’, which is less interesting as it is basically only the Galaxy Z Fold design that is flipped on the side, for a more laptop-like look.
It is worth noting that Samsung has not confirmed that it works on phones with any of these designs – they are simply possible applications for its flexible OLED display technology. Still, it seems that they have been shown here, that the company might at least consider them.
Then again, the word ‘phone’ is not actually used with any of these monitors, so they could just as well be used in TVs, laptops or other gadgets. So do not be hoping to see a scrollable Samsung phone right now, but do not count it out either.
Analysis: a rollable revolution
Samsung is not the only company exploring rollable phones, as we have also seen rollable phone concepts from people like TCL, while we even went hands on with the rollable Oppo X 2021.
LG was reportedly even very close to putting one (called the LG Rollable) up for sale before abruptly leaving the smartphone market.
So it seems that phones that can be rolled may be the next step in the smartphone design, and as it looks, Samsung may have some competition in the field, but when will we actually be able to buy such a phone is still not entirely clear.