Samsung unveils its foldable smartphone -- behold the Infinity Flex Display

Samsung unveils its foldable smartphone -- behold the Infinity Flex Display

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"When closed, it's a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket".

But when the device is opened up the main display, which is the size of a tablet, can be accessed.

The flexible phone has been a long time coming for Samsung, which first showed off plans for a new style of display at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. After Anjum introduced the phone, Google's Android UX chief came onstage to announce that the operating system will work to support foldable displays in the future.

Users can have up to three apps running at once on the tablet-sized screen, which Samsung calls its "Multi-active window" feature. The company's prototype device also has a screen on one of its outer faces for use when the full-size internal display isn't needed or practical.

Except for a fleeting look at a device he held in a hand, Denison provided scant information about the phone.

"The defining feature for this form factor is something we call screen continuity".

High price tags are expected to prevent foldable phones from immediately becoming big hits, and some analysts doubt there is huge appetite for such products.

And a recent post of social media has added fuel to the fire with an image of a folded Samsung logo being pushed out on Samsung's Facebook and Twitter channels.

While at its SDC 2018 developer conference in San Francisco, Samsung showed off a rather thick smartphone that folds.

One can hope. Either way, the era of Samsung not releasing notched handsets left and right is nearly over. The phone morphs into a 7.3-inch tablet when folded out and Samsung dimmed the light during the demonstration to protect the design elements.

The reveal comes at a time when interest in foldable phones is heating up. Royole Corp., a small Silicon Valley company, is hoping to sell early versions of its FlexPai foldable-screen phone for $1,300 to $1,500 once it comes to the US - something that won't happen until next year, at the earliest. Others suggested it had three foldable screens. which wouldn't align with what was seen on the Samsung Developer Conference stage. The finished product might be unveiled at next year's CES 2019 trade show that will take place in Las Vegas.

  • Terrell Bush