Let’s be honest – we know that Samsung is already developing a foldable display since 2013 when they first showed off a foldable AMOLED display on stage. But it’s been more than 5 years since then. “Where is this fabled foldable device?” you might ask – and Samsung just unveiled their first ever foldable smartphone.
Samsung’s implementation is a rather funky one. Instead of just a single screen that folds and closes like a flip phone, they’ve implemented two screens – one “cover” screen that acts like a usual phone, and opening it unravels another flexible 7.3-inch display. It’s the true definition of a phablet, in my opinion.
Samsung is calling this flexible display as the “Infinity Flex Display”, and it’s going to start mass producing it “in a matter of months”. Once it starts mass production, we expect to see it in the market in a few more months – perhaps some time mid-2019?
According to The Verge, Google is also starting something called “Android support for Foldables” to mitigate fragmentation and standardize how apps should act for foldable phones. They’re working closely with Samsung to set the precedence, of course.
Not much other than the display was shown off during the presentation – and we have more questions than we first began.
How does the foldable phone feel on the hand? We know that there’s a minimum thickness that a device needs to be, and once folded, that thickness doubles – making it rather thick.
Second question, how about the battery inside the phone? Bending batteries is a flaming hazard – and we don’t want our phones to be exploding in our pockets. Perhaps Samsung will implement something like Apple MacBooks where the battery is split into a few different parts.
Third question – the loudspeakers. Just where will the sound come out? There are two modes, and the speakers will be facing different directions with each mode. That means Samsung will need to implement a minimum of 3 speakers?
Essentially, the Samsung foldable phone now has a total of 2 displays and I’m wondering what other extra features this new paradigm shift can bring to the consumer market. I’m personally more interested in knowing how Samsung work around the engineering hurdles.
I’ll leave you with a little meme before we end this article.