Futuristic looking bendable tablets and smartphones have taken our imaginations for years. Whether it is bending plates Westworld or many books like folders with folding pages in Microsoft's upcoming video materials, the phone that breaks down to a much larger device is a dreamy one. Samsung is now trying to make these wild concepts real.
The Galaxy manufacturer introduced a new Infinity Flex screen today that provides screen technology to fold the tablet-size display to a device that matches the size and shape of a smartphone. Although we've seen flexible and flexible dressing devices, this is one of the first time we've seen such a screen on a phone rumored to be delivered in 2019. Samsung's device is "disguised," which appears to be a rough case and is only visible in low light is much more than conceptual art.
Samsung uses itself on two separate screens to create a folding phone – inside and out of the screen – unlike Royole's FlexPai, which uses the device outside the device. Samsung's internal display is 7.3 inches and 1536 x 2152 resolution (4.2: 3). It folds halfway to reveal the second screen on the front of the device. Another "full screen", like Samsung calls, runs as a 4.58-inch phone with a resolution of 840 x 1960 (21: 9). It is also bordered with much larger frames from above and below compared to the internal display. Although it looks like Samsung is cautious, Samsung's concealed device is really "gorgeous".
This display combination has given us an early insight into what is expected for folding phones in 2019 and beyond. Since the glass is not flexible, Samsung has had to develop new materials to protect the new screen. Infinity Flex Display uses a polymer that Samsung says is "flexible and hard", meaning that it can maintain its power even hundreds of thousands of folds when folded and unlocked. Samsung has united this new glue that laminates the layers of the different screens so they can bend. None of this is glass, so it might look a little different to the existing phones, tablets and touch pads.
Just as smartphones were launched with plastic resistive displays and a pen before iPhone demonstrated that capacitance touches the glass in the future, this folding era will compromise before technology advances. Samsung's device, although it was in the pocket, did not look particularly thin compared to modern smartphones. Frames folded for use as a phone are also gigantic compared to modern fleet flagships, and Samsung's folding screen makes the device extremely high when it is closed.
"Folding phones are the mobile TV 3D TV," he declared Wall Street Journal tech columnist Christopher Mims on Twitter. Samsung, LG and many other TV manufacturers have advertised 3D TVs to consumers through several annual Consumer Electronics show programs, but they never really stick to it. They were considered to sell more 1080p TVs without offering an excellent viewing experience. Not everyone agrees that folding phones will flop.
"Few talk if" foldable or rollable mobile devices are the future of smartphones, the only question is when and to whom, "says Moor Insights and former AMD analyst Patrick Moorhead. you can still fit it in your pocket, cover, or purse. "
In 2011, the gigantic 5.3-inch screen of the Galaxy Note was achieved in technical circles. Today we only call phablets, phones. Correspondingly, the curved play of the strange Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Round eventually turned into the Infinity displays found on Samsung's modern S-series flagship models. If folding phones follow the same distance, Samsung's first device does not fully capture the potential of the model – instead it marks the start of a new battle thanks to this fascinating display technology.
"This is not just a concept," says Justin Denison, head of mobile product marketing at Samsung. "The breakthroughs in display materials have responded to breakthroughs in manufacturing, and as a result, we can start mass production in the coming months."
The creation of mass production means that manufacturers can choose this screen just as they are in Samsung's OLED panels. Huawei plans to release a folding device next year. Lenovo and Xiaomi have also raised their own prototypes, and LG is also working on their own flexible OLED displays and televisions that are pulling into the box. The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in January could be the first battlefield for combatable devices that Android supports official support for portable displays.
Google support is key, because this type of new design system requires close connection between hardware and software. Samsung creates its own Multi Active Window software that allows its folding phone to display three applications simultaneously. Multitasking is just one part of software, and Samsung, together with Google, is to optimize the entire Android interface and experience of such devices. Apple has traditionally been excellent in hardware and software integration. In fact, there are rumors that a folding iPhone may occur in the next two years.
Folding phones are the obvious market for this display technology, but manufacturers get far more ambitious than the display technology matures. Samsung is also a promising rollable and stretchable OLED display in the future. Imagine folding or rolling a 55-inch TV that suits your bag or finally replacing a pen and paper folding tablet. It sounds incredible right now, but we are just the beginning of our flexible future.