For some time now, Samsung has been releasing some hints concern its foldable smartphone. You will recall that I recently wrote about the Worlds First Foldable from Royale FlexiPai. During the Samsung Developer Conference held yesterday, the company has unveiled it for the first time.
Samsung calls its foldable phone technology the Infinity Flex Display, and the phone itself has a tablet-sized screen that can be folded up to fit into a pocket. To help developers have a sneak peek, Samsung demonstrated a device during the developer conference and dimmed the lights to protect elements of the design. “There’s a device inside here,” said Justin Denison, SVP of mobile product marketing. “And it is stunning.
The Samsung foldable smartphone includes a cover display that acts as a phone and a main 7.3-inch tablet display. Up to three apps will be able to run simultaneously, using something Samsung calls multi-active window.
As I mentioned in my previous post about Samsung foldable smartphone, Google is also officially supporting these new foldable devices with Android, and it’s working closely with Samsung for the launch of this phone next year. Google is providing guidance for developers to start using existing features that are built into Android to support these foldable displays.
Here is a video showcasing the Samsung foldable smartphone.
One of the reasons why Samsung teased this device at its developers’ conference was to give software-makers a chance to think about how to make the most of the new possibilities a foldable screen might bring.
Samsung says it will be able to start mass production of the Infinity Flex Display in a “matter of months,” according to Denison. Samsung isn’t saying exactly when we can expect to see more than just this concept device.
Samsung isn’t the only phone maker working on foldable devices, though. Huawei reportedly plans to release a foldable handset next year. Lenovo and Xiaomi have also started teased their own prototypes, and LG is also working on flexible OLED displays and TVs that roll up into a box.