World's First Bendable Smartphone
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- May 26, 2016, 10:16 AM
Moxi Group, a new company based in Chonquing, says it is planning to ship 100,000 of their world's first bendable smartphone in China by the end of the year, which will cost around 5,000 yuan (£520) each. Chongsheng Yu, the company's executive vice president, told Bloomberg that a colour screen and international distribution may arrive in the future
The device will look like a long, thin smartphone when unfolded, with a narrow screen and large battery at the bottom. Based on images released by Moxi, it'll be able to bend all the way around, allowing users to fasten it to their wrist like a bracelet.
The screen apparently uses graphene, a futuristic material first developed in the UK which is light, thin and very conductive. The screen is an e-ink display, the same kind used in e-readers like the Amazon Kindle.
The Moxi phone would be the first consumer-ready, truly bendy phone in the world. Although making the phone is an impressive feat in the first place, it might not be as good as it looks in the promotional pictures. The first version will have a black and white screen, which is easier to produce and uses less power.
Even if the Moxi phone isn't that impressive, its launch will still be a first. Industry giants like Samsung have reportedly been working on flexible screens for years, but the technology has never appeared in a consumer product.