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Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept: Folding Design, Flexible Display

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just a few weeks old, but a new concept is available showing us what a Samsung Galaxy S5 might look like with new tech Samsung demoed at CES.

Samsung is clearly investigating flexible displays and folding smartphones and tablets with the Youm initiative, and by the time the company is ready to deliver a Samsung Galaxy S4 successor it could be ready to bring to market.

A new Samsung Galaxy S5 concept from Mobileaks shows us what a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a flexible, foldable display might look like. The concept combines the looks of previous Galaxy S models, with a few liberties in style, and a foldable hinge to make a massive screen more pocketable.

A Samsung Galaxy S5 concept shows off a flexible, foldable display.

A Samsung Galaxy S5 concept shows off a flexible, foldable display.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 concept doesn’t claim to offer a specific screen size, but based on Samsung’s upward trending screen sizes this could be 5-inches or higher. If the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a flexible display, it could in theory fold up to a smaller size that makes it easier to pocket.

In this Samsung Galaxy S5 concept we get a look at a 7.5mm thick device that folds closed into a 15mm thick package. While this is thicker than most smartphones, the smaller footprint could more easily fit in a pocket.

Read: Samsung Youm Flexible Smartphone Prototype Revealed

When Samsung showed off the Youm Flexible display at CES the company showed off several prototypes on stage and debuted a demo of what flexible technology could enable from a design standpoint.

This Samsung Galaxy S5 concept bears a resemblance to the “Phone. And Tablet” mock-up Samsung shows off about three minutes into the video below.

Unlike this concept, Samsung’s vision of a Galaxy device with a folding display makes use of multiple screens to replace the need to carry two devices with one that can pull double duty.

There are rumors that Samsung will deliver a flexible display in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but so far those are up in the air. LG committed to shipping a smartphone with a flexible display by the end of 2013. While Samsung is silent on when we can expect a Youm flexible display release date, many analysts believe 2014 will usher in a wave of flexible smartphones and tablets.

Odds are the first generation of consumer devices with flexible displays will feature displays that are flexible, but held in a curved position, rather than foldable displays or displays that shoot out of a small bar, like the Samsung Youm Tablet concept shown at the tail end of the video.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

13 Comments

  1. Larry

    05/06/2013 at 8:31 am

    John smith are u a idiot or what?? The S4 is barely out!! Now your stupid rumors of the S5???? Gee how’s the iPhone 7???? Get real with a realizable topic!!

    • Mike

      05/06/2013 at 2:11 pm

      Your a total asshole, He isnt an idiot because Samsung has technology, He is nice for spreading the word. GTFO fag.

      • Larry

        05/06/2013 at 7:15 pm

        Yo fat welfare mama!! It’s to early to tell on the S5!! Samsungs is a great phone but liken my HTC ONE that blows away Samsung it’s not plastic like Samsung you duche bag, ya bend over mike I got something your wife or girlfriend can’t please u with boy!!!

        • rvwensen

          05/07/2013 at 12:46 am

          Sorry larry but you are a asshole, tnx 4 sharing Josh!

          • Larry

            05/07/2013 at 9:04 am

            Same to you dude , all this josh guy does get people all excitement and expect just like iPhone rumor mill that’s all this guy did, otherwise he has had great topics!! But this rumor mill is bs!! How the hell is Samsung going to give info on a next gen galaxy S5 when they just barely released the S4?? It’s the same with iPhone , when the 5 came out the next month rumor mill of a 5S or 6 and both are false!! People should just wait till the actual launch day and see the real thing not rumor mill that’s my opinion!! That’s all, all rumors do is cause people to expect the unexpected !! I see this on lots of sites!! Think about it there dude before you bash me, josh has a point yes but it’s just rumor mill crap!! But his other topics had interesting thing in the past I will agree, I see a lot of people bashing josh too, ya I was a bit hard on my first reply, but I don’t believe him on Samsung, I do work in the cellphone industry and I hear it all.. But it’s a job that pays the bills!! I’m 24 and going to school for enginering so this is just a decent job to pay for school, and yes the rumor of HTC one being made of metal aluminum case was true, I knew that back in February so I bought it for the htc one 199 and sold my iPhone 5 64 gb on eBay!! Great phone too HTC one!!! And made a 300 dollar profit

          • Larry

            05/10/2013 at 8:12 pm

            Ya go back to your 💩💩💩🚽🚽🚽 of a country !!

        • sue

          07/19/2013 at 2:39 am

          Omg Larry I just read all your replys to thing thread and your English is horrible! I’m guessing you talk the same way. Engineering..I hope they give you a few English classes also so you can appear educated out in the job market!

  2. tgee

    05/07/2013 at 5:31 am

    Why not folding on the height rather than the width?
    2 folds (like Z) could be interesting to keep a visible screen a still a good grip on the back.

  3. Justin

    05/07/2013 at 7:15 pm

    I agree Larry the rumor mill does lead people to the unexpected like you said, ya your first post was a bit harsh but I do see where you coming from!! How’s that HTC ONE???? I looked at one today and like you said,,, it’s nice I think I will crap my iPhone 5 and get one my friend wants to buy my iPhone for 300 and the HTC is 199 like you said!! Thanks Larry that’s two less iPhone over the cellular waves thanks bro:))

  4. Ezu

    05/09/2013 at 1:23 am

    this is not the first and also the last samsung concept with flexible display. the biggest question is when the koreean company will release on the market the first flexible smartphone

    • Larry

      05/09/2013 at 5:50 pm

      It was iPhone also a year ago too and Samsung, your so correct good memory Ezu!!

  5. hehehe

    06/01/2013 at 7:30 pm

    Amazing…!

  6. bob

    08/27/2013 at 1:46 am

    I have a new phone concept design, would you like it to be for a Samsung, Apple, LG Motorola, Nexus, Sony…

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