Samsung shows off Infinity Flex foldable smartphone display

Posted November 08, 2018

Google said it is optimizing Android for foldable phones, as Samsung preps a device and other device makers follow.

At its conference today for software developers in San Francisco, the company previewed what it called an Infinity Flex Display, and announced new software for controlling the large phone. You see, we've seen the early tests for One UI before, we know it's based on Android Pie, and according to Samsung's Developer Conference keynote, One UI is expected to land next January. The bending effect means the device will have to change the screen's aspect ratio when moving from phone to tablet mode.

The basics, however, are clear.

But across the industry, smartphone designs have been more about incremental improvements than bold new ideas - and consumers, unsurprisingly, have waited longer and longer to upgrade. Though there will be a "Foldables" session this week at the developer summit that will reportedly have more to share.

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The company said the display can be folded hundreds of thousands of times.

Another Samsung official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters it will be the first time that detailed images of the new phone will be presented in public.

Samsung has been rumoured to be working on this anticipated device for the past couple years, and the company itself has been teasing it for weeks. Glen Murphy, director of design for Android at Google, spoke at the conference.

'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.

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Samsung did not announce a launch date or pricing, saying only that the Infinity Flex Display will begin mass production in the coming months. And last week, a little-known startup called Royole also introduced the Flexpai, which it plans on selling in China next month.

The collaborative approach also makes Samsung different from Apple, which usually keeps unfinished new technologies under wraps.

The smartphone also works with Samsung's revamped smartphone user interface, dubbed One UI, that was created to work with the device's multiple screens. "There's lots of challenges we need to overcome together", said Koh.

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