Samsung Is Planning Foldable Laptop Displays Now Too

Samsung Is Planning Foldable Laptop Displays Now Too
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Samsung really has a thing for foldable hardware. First, we heard word of a foldable phone. Then, a foldable tablet (that’s also a phone). And now, Samsung wants origami screens in its laptops too, according to the company’s VP of PC marketing, Lee Min-cheol.

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Resources are being poured into “new form factors of laptops”, writes Korea Herald’s Song Su-hyun, with one of those packing a “foldable display”.

The precise benefits of such a device aren’t clear, beyond perhaps being more compact, and Min-cheol only muddied the waters:

“Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops.”

Uh huh. “New value and user experience” doesn’t say much at all. Still, it makes sense for Samsung to go all-in on foldable gadgets, considering its phone and tablet businesses are already on board.

Whether foldable displays prove a hit will depend on a number of factors, the major one being the quality of the screens themselves. Consumers have been spoiled by high-resolution, pixel-dense screens on their gadgets, and I suspect many will be unwilling to compromise for something that could end up a novelty.

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[Korea Herald, via The Verge]