Chinese Moxi Group plans to release 100,000 of its Bendable graphene smartphones in 2016.
Last month we featured a video that showed a bendable smartphone in action at a trade show in China. Now the company behind the bendable smartphone has announced the bendable phone officially. The Moxi Group is reportedly planning to manufacture 100,000 bendable graphene phones this year.
Don't Miss: iPhone 8: Everything You Need to Know
The bendable smartphone will have a premium price of 5,000 yuan ($765) according to a report on Bloomberg. The first flexible graphene displays have been shown by research labs starting in 2014. Samsung announced back then that the future of wearable devices lies in Graphene.
Graphene screens are extremely thin. China is on the forefront of graphene research. In 2015 Chongqing based Moxi Group (Chongqing Graphene Tech Co.,) and Galapad introduced the first smartphone with a graphene screen. Now the company is apparently ready to take the next step making bendable smartphones.
Despite the color touchscreen shown in the press photo and also in the trade show video, the first version of Moxi's bendable smartphone will have a black and white screen. This fact makes the device quite a bit less attractive.
"Black and white phones are much easier to make," said Chongsheng Yu, Moxi’s executive vice president. "The color model power usage is also much higher than that of the black and white unit. We’ll sell in China and if there’s demand overseas, we’ll look into it."
The black and white screen on the bendable smartphone is based on E-ink technology. The graphene advantage is supposed in the improved touch capability when the screen is bent.
Watch the video of the bendable smartphone. While it looks cool, it remains to be seen if this is the future of smartphones.