Forecast: 240 million devices will have flexible or foldable screens by 2028

This new feature has the potential to keep consumers on the two-year smartphone replacement cycle.

240 million devices will have flexible or foldable screens by 2028
240 million devices will have flexible or foldable screens by 2028

We are still waiting for the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone to ship, but foldable smartphones are coming.

Look for OLED screens printed onto plastic to replace the glass used in most LCD screens on phones today.

The plastic screens will offer many more options than the current glass displays.

ABI Research predicts that smartphone shipments with some type of foldable, flexible, or rollable display will grow to reach 228 million in 2028. New tablets will have this new feature as well, which pushes the total number of devices to 240 million over the next decade.

TechRepublic spoke with Stephanie Tomsett, an analyst at ABIResearch who tracks wearables, platforms, and market data, for her take on foldable screens and the smartphone market.

TechRepublic: Which companies are taking the lead in developing foldable technology?

Tomsett: Companies of note include Samsung, with its Galaxy Fold that has been delayed and may cause concern for consumers looking to adopt a foldable smartphone; Huawei, with its Mate X that has also been delayed and again may cause some concern; and Royole, with its FlexPai that was released in China before any other foldable smartphone, with a developer edition available worldwide. [The Royole FlexPai is available now, and its price tag starts at $1,318.]   

TechRepublic: Which companies are taking the lead in developing foldable technology?

Tomsett: Companies of note include Samsung, with its Galaxy Fold that has been delayed and may cause concern for consumers looking to adopt a foldable smartphone; Huawei, with its Mate X that has also been delayed and again may cause some concern; and Royole, with its FlexPai that was released in China before any other foldable smartphone, with a developer edition available worldwide. [The Royole FlexPai is available now, and its price tag starts at $1,318.]  More

by Veronica Combs https://www.techrepublic.com