South Korean electronics giant Samsung has proved with the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge that it doesn’t hesitate to experiment. Over the past few months, it has filed several patents relating to foldable, dual-screen smartphones. Now SamMobile has learned from inside sources that Samsung is indeed working on a foldable, dual-screen phone under the Project Valley (or Project V).
Samsung’s Project V may arrive in 2016
The phone is currently in the “extremely early stages” of development, so little is known about its specs and features. The phone supports multiple gestures to let users switch between the two screens. SamMobile has a solid track record of revealing information about upcoming Samsung products. Its codename Project V itself indicates that the phone will have two sides that fold together. Letter V could be a reference to the shape it makes when folded.
Since the project is still in very early stage of development and the risky nature of such revolutionary projects, SamMobile notes that it could be terminated at any time. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Samsung would release a completely foldable smartphone by 2016. If the latest report is to be believed, the Korean giant is hard at work to meet that deadline.
Samsung focused on disruptive technologies
It suggests that Samsung is focusing on unique smartphone form factors to maintain its lead in the global smartphone market. Though it has tasted success with curved screen devices such as the Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge, foldable and dual-screen phones are a lot more challenging. We have seen some quite impressive prototypes. But it takes a lot of time and investment to fully develop those prototypes into a viable device that users would love, and commercialize them.
Meanwhile, the Korean company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 5 and Note 5 Edge at the annual IFA even in September. While Note 5 is internally code named Project Noble, while Note 5 Edge is code named Project Zen.