Forget Laptops, the Folding Screen Lands in Korea

Forget Laptops, the Folding Screen Lands in Korea

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A new paperback-sized computer screen that folds like a book will be ideal for Internet users reading online novels, its South Korean inventor said on Tuesday.

The 6.7 inch by 5 inch flat LCD screen folds along a central hinge and is much clearer than existing devices, display maker Samsung SDI said.

It spent $1.54 million developing the screen and plans to start producing it in the second-half of 2002. It expects its sister company Samsung Electronics to build it into an “e-book” computer.

Samsung SDI says the new screen also consumes less power than existing screens.

“This product will enable us to expand our market share in the e-book computer display market whose growth potential is explosive,” said Yang Hong-keun, who heads up the development.

Samsung sees potential sales of flat panels for electronic books at 24,973 units this year.

“It may become profitable in the long run, but I wonder how it could help Samsung increase its revenue in the short term,” said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Shinyoung Securities.

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