Samsung presented its first foldable smartphone at the SDC conference in San Francisco. After folding, the futuristic mobile phone has a thick finger and reveals an impressive large screen with a diagonal of 7.3 inches (18.5 centimeters) and a resolution of 2152 × 1536 pixels (420 dpi). The display should withstand "thousands" of folding operations.
Mass production of the folding screen begins, according to Samsung, "in the coming months". Details of devices using the so-called "Infinity Flex" screen are not yet available.
One interface provides folded support
The device demonstrated by Samsung has a front small display (840 × 1960 pixels in 21: 9 format) that is active in the closed state. If you open the smartphone, the application used on the small display should appear without delay on the large folding screen (see video below). The new Samsung One UI user interface provides support for the Falt screen. Another function is the simultaneous display of three applications on the display, Samsung calls the "Multi Active Window".
The mobile developer's folding emulator will be released later this year on the Samsung programmer's website.
Google has also announced that it will support smartphones running Android Falt from the next version of its mobile operating system. Google calls a new device type "Folded".
It seems thinner than Royole FlexPai
Samsung is not the only producer of Falt phones – not the first one: the Chinese company Royole already has a folded Flexold company on the market, and its screen is 7.8 inches high. FlexPai looks thicker than the Samsung device; however, we were able to see it only for a few seconds in poor lighting conditions at the SDC stage. Samsung has not published product photos yet, there are only diagrams.
Samsung has been using flexible displays since 2011 and since then the Koreans have been showing technical tests on bending OLED screens. However, concrete products have not yet appeared.
updated: Information on the resolution of both displays has been added.
Disclaimer: editor c & # 39; t Jan-Keno Janssen was invited by Samsung to SDC in San Francisco.
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