Future smartphone screens should be made. Of these, several companies are convinced. Among them is also the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones: Samsung. On Wednesday, the group presented a device with such a folded display at the conference of SDC18 developers.
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A lot of details about the device that Samsung did not reveal. The phone was only shown briefly on the darkened stage, and the device was stuck in a shapeless shell. It is folded longitudinally, i.e. vertically.
Phone as a tablet
The idea is: Despite the small size, the device should be as large as a mini-tablet, thanks to the so-called Infinity-Flex-Display in expanded mode. Mass production is about to begin in the next few months, Samsung promised. The prototype has already been shown, so developers can customize their applications to this new interface.
This is not meant to be a trick: "At the beginning, Fold Phone may be just a niche, but it will definitely spread. I am convinced that we need a folding phone," said Samsung Mobile CEO, DJ Kohko last month.
Presentation of a camouflaged device in San Francisco. (Video: Youtube)
Other manufacturers included
Last week, Royole from California, previously unknown, showed the Flexpai model. It is a combination of a tablet and a mobile phone that can be folded. This device should cost around 1300 francs and be available from the end of December. Where it is sold, it is still not clear.
Royole, for example, advertises a folded Combi Flexpai unit. (Video: Youtube / Royole Corporation)
Other manufacturers are likely to present similar projects next year. Leader Evan Blass suspects that the LG manufacturer will also present a folded phone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
I can not talk about Samsung …
… but I know that LG plans to unveil the folded phone in its CES key from 2019.
– Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 31, 2018
Advantages of fold design
If you now ask yourself what to bring such a folding phone, there are different answers. On the one hand, it can be a large display built into a compact housing, on the other hand a dual XL screen would be useful for simultaneous use of many applications. Or: One display shows the keyboard and a second screen of content.
In general, the new screen technology also allows completely new designs of mobile phones. As this is a new category of products, probably some problems with influenza will continue to occur.
(SWE / tob)