Possible Samsung flexible tablet concept leaked, shows bendy screen in action

Samsung Flexible Tablet RenderThe era of gadgets with flexible screens is nearly upon us, at least it will be if LG and Samsung both have their way, as the rival companies are battling it out to become the first ones to put a flexy phone on sale. While LG has been showing off a 5-inch version of its flexible display at a trade show this week, a leaked picture showing a possible design concept may have pre-empted Samsung’s plans for a flexible tablet.

The picture you see above was sent to MobiLeaks.nl, and shows a large tablet with a built-in stand, however the clever part is the stand is part of the tablet’s chassis, and the screen bends when it’s flipped out. It’s certainly the most logical use of flexible screen tech at the moment, as the large base could contain all of the major components, while the batteries could still be positioned behind the screen.

A series of specifications also came with the rendered image, claiming the screen measures 10.1-inches and is 1080p AMOLED flexible panel. The processor is said to be one of Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chips, and could be accompanied by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, and a 3-megapixel forward facing camera. A rear camera hasn’t been mentioned and isn’t visible in the pictures.

So, is it real? Who knows, but as is pointed out in the report, it does closely match a series of patents filed by Samsung related to flexible screen tablets; however this doesn’t mean the image is anything more than a very good artist’s impression. Also, while it may look cool, we’re struggling to see the point of bending the screen in this way. The horizontal section of the display looks too small to be used for a keyboard or gaming controls, making it dead space aside from access to shortcuts.

Samsung briefly talked about its mysterious YOUM flexible screen hardware during CES, but it’s LG who has been making the most noise about a device with a flexible screen recently, saying it has every intention of shipping its first batch of flexy displays later this year. The rumor is, one could end up being the Optimus G2’s most unique feature when it’s launched in late 2013. We’ll have to wait and see if Samsung responds with the tablet seen here.

Photography

2018 was a terrific year for new cameras. Here are our favorites

This year, we saw the unveiling of several exciting new cameras. We look back at our favorite models -- each delivering something unique, yet all are powerful and feature-rich. Camera fans, rejoice!
Mobile

Honor to out-megapixel the competition with 48MP camera on upcoming View 20

After its phenomenal success with the View 10 in 2018, it looks like Honor is getting ready up the ante with its forthcoming Honor View 20. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.
Product Review

Meet Z6, the breakout star in Nikon's new mirrorless lineup

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Music

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Computing

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

The latest patent discovery from Microsoft showcases a new hinge design for quickly opening a dual-screen mobile device with a single hand. Could this be additional proof surrounding the rumors of the company's Project Andromeda device?
Mobile

Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think, but we'll walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice, and identify several other apps and external voice recorders that can help.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.
Outdoors

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.
Mobile

Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

Looking for a few accoutrements to make your smartphone even better? If you, or someone you know, is a sucker for accessories, you'll want to check out our collection of quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.