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

Joshua Bennett
November 8, 2018

Little is known about the full specs and features of this new Galaxy phone which is thought to be called the X.

Android will now support devices that are half-phone, half-tablet with a high-tech, wraparound screen. Samsung, the world's leading seller of smartphones, suffered a 7 per cent decline in shipments during that period, based on IDC's calculations.

The company hopes to mass produce the phone - which unfolds from a compact smartphone to a 7.3-inch tablet - "in the coming months". 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.

The Infinity Flex Display will offer an experience somewhere between a tablet and a smartphone.

Royole, for instance, expects to sell its foldable-screen phone - the FlexPai - for at least NZ$1900 once it comes to the U.S. - something that won't happen until next year, at the earliest.

In an afternoon session at the conference, Samsung revealed some specs for the concept device.

However, the front screen looked pointedly smaller than the silhouette of the phone Anjum held up. Samsung deliberately kept most of the details under wraps, but the key points are that this has a "cover display" that functions as a fully functional smartphone.

Make no mistake, this thing looks chunky as hell, but a large part of that is apparently due to the protective shroud Samsung used to shield the rest of the device from prying eyes. Google has grappled with fragmentation before as device makers (including Samsung) implemented major features before they were built into Android, such as split-screen views and picture-in-picture modes.

Samsung isn't the first to try foldable phones, but the company's display know-how, reach and marketing power could take the form mainstream.

It described its Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said it meant to start production within months.

Screen technology has already been revealed that allows displays to be rolled with LG showing off its foldable TVs earlier this year.

Making matters slightly awkward, the move was announced as Samsung hosted its own developer conference in San Francisco.

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