Rumored Samsung Fold-able Smartphone to Arrive in 2016
Samsung is often at the forefront of technology, and although they often vie for consumer attention with competitors like Sony, Apple, and other mega-corporations, the truth is that Samsung tends to be in a class all its own. This is because their products often feature a little something extra that consumers are drawn to. In other words, they find ways to make their products stand out. Just look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The curved display provides users with a sidebar that lets them discreetly view an information stream, set a light-bar notification for incoming calls, and create a “People Edge” with speed dial buttons for five contacts. Does the iPhone have these features? Nope.
Well, it seems like they may have done it again. The long-rumored Samsung folding smartphone, which many were beginning to think was a magical unicorn capable of balancing the federal budget (in other words, a fantasy), may finally be getting close to a launch date. Sadly, it’s all speculation at this point – what else is new? But the latest grist in the rumor mill claims that Samsung’s mysterious “Project Valley”, slated for a January 2016 release, is actually the folding smartphone the company has allegedly been developing for years.
Of course, the big reveal could turn out to be nothing more than a prototype, which means more waiting before a consumer model is ready. Or Project Valley could also refer to the next iteration of the Galaxy line, the S7. But the story has gained a lot of traction since the information showed up on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent to Twitter), perhaps due to the fact that Samsung filed for a patent in June of this year. And with the addition of a flexible display (or the ability to run separate features on either half of the single, folding screen), it’s no wonder pundits and consumers alike are excited by the rumors that this device may finally be on the horizon.
Long gone are the days of the flip phone, which has become too antiquated for words. Can you even find a cell phone repair shop to fix one these days? Not according to my dad, who finally had to grudgingly upgrade to a smartphone. But the folding smartphone may soon be a reality, if rumors are to be believed. So let’s all cross our fingers and hope a unicorn shows up next January with a balanced budget hanging from its horn.