Samsung’s foldable smartphone with Infinity Flex display finally unveiled

Samsung’s foldable smartphone with Infinity Flex display finally unveiled

In a post on the Android Developers blog, the company revealed support for a new device class like Samsung's prototype called "Foldables". One UI seems to be primarily focused on one-handed use, which the smaller bezels can certainly help with even as screens get bigger, but depending on the hardware design some elements may still be hard to reach.

The device would reportedly go into mass production next month but there is no word on pricing yet. When folded, the small display will function just like a typical smartphone, but unfold the device, and suddenly you've got a tablet sized screen to play with. VP of engineering Dave Burke said that Google is "enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary". Meanwhile, the second features one continuous screen on the exterior. "We rethought the anatomy of a smartphone display".

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'For this display to be foldable, it had to be thinner than any other display we've ever made, ' Justin Denison, Samsung's senior vice president of mobile product marketing, said on stage.

A reliable tipster has revealed details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 set to be officially announced at the Samsung developer conference held tonight. The animations are smooth, icons look good, and Samsung's idea of things being more comfortable to look at actually plays well here.

We also now know that the phone can be folded "hundred of thousands of times" without getting damaged, and that the screen, when unfolded, measures 7.3-inches. Just having a new kind of hardware won't cut it and to prevent the new phone from being relegated to a niche category, Samsung would have to convince users that the foldable display is incredibly useful for daily use and smartphone interaction.

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The South Korean tech giant is among a handful of firms that have flagged foldable phones as a coming to market soon. The question is whether Samsung can bring itself to do so in the flagship Galaxy S10, the face of the company for tens of millions of people, or if it will listen to its own advertising and keep selling Galaxy S phones without a display notch.

Google is nipping that problem in the bud this time around, since most foldable Android gadgets will honor the official approach as a matter of course.

There's also a number of other design changes that seem to be in effect, such as a greater emphasis on rounded elements and a new system-wide dark mode for a better viewing experience in darker environments or late at night, as well as a number of redesigned icons in general.

Knowing that we only have to survive through the holidays before the future of mobile is here, is nothing compared to those excruciating five years that Samsung has been teasing us with that foldable unicorn.

Samsung's developer conference is taking place from November 7 to November 8 in San Francisco and Express.co.uk will bring you all the news live as it happens.

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