Under Shadows, Samsung Shows Off Its Foldable Phone
The Samsung foldable phone is real. After months and months of teasing the device, all while sharing very little detail about the thing, Samsung finally showed off a disguised version of the device under dimmed lights during its annual developer conference. In showing off the device, Justin Denison, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile product marketing, explained that the screen technology is called Infinity Flex Display.
Unlike the previous take on a foldable device that we saw, Samsung’s phone resembles—at least from what we could see in the dimly-lit video feed—the old clamshell phones. The device has a front-facing display that looks like a typical smartphone you’d find on the market today. The device then opens up to expose a 7.3-inch tablet-sized display that was otherwise hidden inside the phone. And, according to Samsung, it has technology (called multi active window) that will allow that foldable display to act as two independent displays, essentially giving the user the ability to run up to three apps at the same time, presumably on the cover display, and side by side on the foldable display.
Samsung, Denison said, will begin mass production of the Infinity Flex Display in a matter of months, but he wouldn’t detail when we might start to see the technology integrated into actual consumer-ready devices. Given Samsung likes to announce their Galaxy phones around the time of Mobile World Congress in late February, it’d be a shocker to see anything happen by then. Perhaps next year though?