SMART­PHONE MAK­ERS BET ON FOLD­ABLE SCREENS AS NEXT BIG THING

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The smart­phone in­dus­try has been search­ing for a break­through to re­vive a mar­ket mired in an in­no­va­tion lull and a sales slump.

A po­ten­tial cat­a­lyst is com­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of phones fea­tur­ing flex­i­ble screens that can be folded in half with­out break­ing. That feat could make the de­vices more ver­sa­tile for work and plea­sure, by in­creas­ing screen space with­out mak­ing phones too big.

On Wed­nes­day, Sam­sung pro­vided a glimpse at a fold­able-screen de­vice that it will re­lease next year. It’s ex­pected to com­pete against sev­eral other flex­i­ble-screen phones.

But it’s un­clear whether the flex­i­bil­ity will have mass ap­peal, es­pe­cially when the bendy de­vices are ex­pected to cost more than $1,000.

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