Samsung plots two bendable phones for 2017, report says

One of them is said to fold in half like a makeup compact, while the other would supposedly transform from a phone into a tablet.

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Two new Samsung phones with folding screens could be unveiled next year, if a report turns out to be true.

The South Korean tech giant is mulling the release of two phones with bendable screens as soon as 2017, according to Bloomberg, which cites anonymous sources "familiar with the matter."

One of the phones, which could reportedly see the light of day early next year, is said to fold in half like a makeup compact. The other could serve as a 5-inch smartphone but fold out into a larger tablet-style gadget.

"We can't comment on market speculation," the company said.

This rumour should be taken with a pinch or two of salt, but Samsung certainly has form when it comes to pushing the boundaries of display tech. For example, the company's S7 Edge smartphone (pictured above) features curved edges along the sides of the screen. Samsung has been showing off futuristic curving screens as far back as 2013.

Update, 3:10 a.m. PT: Added comment from Samsung.