First Bendable Smartphone Almost Here

May 25, 2016

Imagine a smartphone that you could bend all the way around your wrist like a bracelet, later unrolling it to use flat like any other phone. The Moxi Group, a small Chinese startup, says it plans to launch the world’s first bendable smartphone this year, which could usher in a new era of more flexible tech. 

The company says it’s able to produce a flexible screen by using graphene, thought to be the thinnest material in the world. Moxi plans to have 100,000 units of the bendable smartphone available in China for equivalent of about $760 by the end of this year. However, Moxi’s phone will have a catch. The phone’s initial release will only feature black-and-white displays. A full-color version likely won’t be available until 2018.

Though consumer technology reporters have been writing about the potential of such advances for years now, no company has brought a fully bendable smartphone to market yet, CNNMoney reports. Other tech companies—like Samsung and LG—say they have been working on their own bendable tech models using graphene. Apple received a patent last year for a “flexible electronic device.” The main challenge, however, is to determine if it makes "commercial sense to build this product for the mass market," Nicole Peng, an analyst at the tech research firm Canalys, told CNNMoney.

Source: “This Bendable Smartphone Comes with a Catch,” CNNMoney (May 25, 2016) and “Bendable Smartphones Are Coming,” Bloomberg (May 23, 2016)