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Prepare yourselves for folding screens and 'fonblets'

AFP   November 08, 2013
First Published: 10:40 IST(8/11/2013) | Last Updated: 11:43 IST(11/11/2013)

Samsung sees a future world of flexible devices, ultra-high resolution displays and the growing importance of devices that offer the converged functionality of tablets and notebooks in a more mobile form.


Speaking at a specially convened analysts event -- its first in eight years -- Samsung said that it is on track to deliver smartphones with full 4K definition and handsets that are fully foldable, rather than simply have flexible screens, by 2015. By the end of 2014, the company says that it will be able to offer mobile devices with a resolution of 560ppi -- almost double the pixel density of an HD screen.

At the same time, it intends to significantly boost the performance of smartphone cameras and will be bringing 16 megapixel sensors to its flagship phones in 2014. During the event, it also confirmed that it is developing its own 64-bit processor which will also soon find its way into mobile devices.

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Samsung also believes that further convergence is on the horizon. It still believes that the smartphone is the most important mobile device and there is still significant room for growth in the sector as only 21 % of the world's phone-using population currently use one.

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However, the company also believes that as consumers look for better multitasking from mobile devices, those devices focused on offering tablet and notebook functionality but in a smaller package are going to become critical.

These devices already exist and they're called phablets, although, during his presentation, JK Shin, head of the mobile division and Samsung's joint CEO, insisted that they're called "fonblets" and that the company will continue to refer to its larger screen voice-calling-enabled devices, from the Galaxy Note III to the Galaxy Mega, as fonblets.

But maybe the best news, for existing Samsung customers anyway, is that the company recognizes that in many cases its software is not up to scratch and will be committing half of its entire annual R&D budget to fixing this problem and improving the user experience. Samsung's Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun said: "Even though we're doing the software business, we're not as good as we are in hardware."

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