This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone

Samsung has been teasing its foldable smartphone for weeks, and now the company has unveiled it for the first time today. 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.

Samsung demonstrated a “disguised” device during its developer conference today, 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.”

Denison then showed a device that folded out into a tablet and back up into a candybar-like form factor. The device 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. 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.

Photo by Nick Statt / The Vege

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.

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.

Microsoft is even working on a multiscreen device, which could be a modern take on the old Courier concept. Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay previously revealed that a pocketable Surface device is “absolutely my baby.” Phone makers you’ve probably never heard of are also experimenting with tablet-like devices that fold into a phone form factor, so expect to see a lot more of these handsets in 2019.

Photo: Samsung

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I believe they were trying to protect their design, it I also suspect they were trying to mask its flaws.

Not a commentary one way or the other on taking issues with it having flaws, just being realistic. If the thing were ready for prime time, I have no doubt they’d be more than happy to show it off in all it’s glory.

He mentioned as much during the keynote. It was in a shell of some kind.

Maybe my expectations were unrealistic but I was thinking the phone would like fold up into a little square that you could toss into your pocket or something like that. This is a tablet kind of thing that folds into a bulky phone kind of thing. It’s nice and all but not super exciting.

If that tablet-sized device folded up into a little square, where would the battery go?

Sure, there’s some practicalities at play here. But if the device isn’t practical… well then it’s not all that exciting.

Batteries.

I think it’s pretty damn exciting to be able to have such a big screen in your pocket.

Sure, but what pocket would that thing fit in?

Every pocket, it’s not going to be that thick. Phones now have become so thin. The battery life might be really good on this device as well because it will have more space for batteries. This is so exciting, especially since other manufacturers are working on it as well. This might be the next smartphone frontier. I’m excited about the infinity pixel.

It’s very exciting, but I’m going to shit myself when they make something like the mobile phone/tablet hybrid from Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Finale Conflict, only ya know, modern looking.

Just imagine a device like the switch like that

That and all the other devices relied heavily on Taelon tech. I don’t see any companions here offering us their technology and the device was called a global.

Sigh.

It IS going to be that thick, simply because the screen can at most be folded into a U shape, not a V shape. Or it will crack.

Tbh I’ll probably go with someone that’ll make a foldable phone in 3 fold. Bc that’s the real tablet screen estate. And that the phone form factor screen is not separated but together with that three fold screen.

I’ll go with even still no edge to edge design, with a little bit of forehead and chin for it’s camera. It’ll have 2 camera, when folded in phone, it’ll have both rear camera quality cameras but the other will be used for rear and front facing. camera. Basically you can two screens on that phone as both sides are screen.

But when folded into tablet mode you can have two front facing cameras with you (could be even used for things like Animoji like 3D scanning or Touch ID, much improved with two cameras, maybe will even render the need for IR sensor and flood illuminator) and it will reveal it’s 3rd (rear camera for tablet form factor) (lets even go with 4th camera for both front and rear have dual cameras) and backplate when laid down straight.

And since every fold or even the whole folded as a phone factor is thick enough, we could even put S Pen like pen stylus there too. Or even a headphone jack

That’s the ultimate dream, ladies and gentlemen

You’re screwing yourself setting your expectations up like that. I’m excited to see what Samsung will unveil but I’m tempering expectations for now. In all likelihood a new device class like this will need to be iterated on over a number of years.

Of course I’m not bc I don’t buy this at Gen one. All what I’ve said here is not gonna be on Gen one. That’s why I said it’s a dream

It’s being officially launched next year.
This is just to get early feedback and hook in developers to optimize apps for it I think

A timeline of sorts. Seems to hint the galaxy s10 display as well(notchless?)

Didn’t know the current galaxy had a notch…

It’s a full width notch.

Isn’t that a forehead?

r/wooosh

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