Futuristic-looking, rotten tablets and smartphones have captured our imagination for years. Regardless of whether they are folded tablets Westworld or many book-like tables with folded pages in Microsoft's future films, the phone, which is a much larger device, is similar to a dream. Samsung is now trying to implement these wild concepts.
Galaxy manufacturer presented yesterday its new Infinity Flex Display display technology, which will allow you to fold the tablet screen into a device similar to the size and shape of your smartphone. Although we have seen flexible and bendable wearable devices, this is one of the first occasions in which such a display appeared on the phone, which probably appeared in 2019. Samsung's device was "masked" with what appears to be a thick case, and shown only in low light, but it's much more than concept graphics.
Samsung uses two separate displays to create your folding phone – one in the middle and a smaller display outside – as opposed to FlexPai Royole, which uses a single foldable display outside the device. The Samsung's internal display is 7.3 inches and has a resolution of 1536 x 2152 (4.2: 3). He folded in half to reveal the second display on the front of the device. This second "cover display", as Samsung calls it, works like a 4.58-inch phone with a resolution of 840 x 1960 (21: 9). It is also surrounded by a much larger frame at the top and bottom compared to the internal display. Although it looks very massive, Samsung says that the device hiding in disguise is actually "stunning".
This combination of displays gave us an early look at what you can expect from folding phones in 2019 and later. Because the glass is not flexible, Samsung had to develop new materials to protect its new display. The Infinity Flex Display uses a polymer that, according to Samsung, is both "flexible and durable", which means it can maintain its strength even when folded and unfolded "hundreds of thousands of times." Samsung has combined this with a new adhesive that laminates the various layer displays together to allow them to bend. However, it is not glass, so it may seem to be a bit different than what we're used to with modern phones, tablets and touch tablets.
Just like smartphones, they started with plastic resistive displays and the introduction of a stylus before the iPhone showed that the capacious touch of glass is the future, this folded era will compromise before technology develops. Samsung's device, although it could be moved, did not look particularly thin compared to modern smartphones. Frames after folding for use as a phone are also gigantic compared to modern flag flags, and the foldable Samsung display makes the device very high after closing.
"Folded phones are 3D TVs of the mobile world" – it was proclaimed the daily "Wall Street columnist for Christopher Mims on Twitter. Samsung, LG and many other TV manufacturers have recommended 3D TVs to consumers at various consumer electronics shows, but never really accepted. They were perceived as an advertising gimmick to sell more 1080p TVs without offering great viewing experience. Not everyone agrees, however, that folded phones will start to flop.
"Few are debating" whether "portable and folding mobile displays are the future of smartphones, the only question is when and by whom," explains Patrick Moorhead, an industry analyst at Moor Insights and former executive director of AMD. "The basic advantage of a folding smartphone is that the user can benefit from a larger display, but it can still fit in a pocket, coat or purse."
In 2011, the gigantic 5.3-inch display in Galaxy Note faced serious problems in the technology circles. Today, we simply call phablets, telephones. Similarly, the curved display on the often mocked Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Round eventually turned into Infinity displays that can be found on modern Samsung S series devices. If folding phones make a similar trip, the first Samsung device does not completely capture the potential of the project – instead will launch a new battle over this intriguing display technology.
"This is not just a concept," says Justin Denison, vice president of Marketing for mobile products at Samsung. "Breakthrough discoveries in the exhibition materials have been accompanied by breakthroughs in production, and as a result we will be ready to start mass production in the coming months."
The emergence of mass production means that manufacturers will be able to choose this screen, as they already do with Samsung's OLED panels. Huawei plans to release a folded phone next year. Lenovo and Xiaomi are also teased with their own prototypes, and LG is also working on its own flexible OLED displays and televisions that go into the box. In January 2012, the Electronic Exhibition of Consumer Electronics may be the initial battlefield for folding devices powered by official Android support for foldable displays.
Google support will be crucial because this type of new format will require a close connection of hardware and software. Samsung creates its own Multi Active Window software that allows folding the phone to display three applications at the same time. Multitasking is just one aspect of the software, and Samsung and Google will have to optimize the entire Android interface and use this type of device. Apple traditionally excels in hardware and software integration. In fact, there are rumors that the foldable iPhone may appear in the next two years.
Folding phones are the obvious starting market for this screen technology, but manufacturers will be much more ambitious when display technology matures. Samsung also promises rolled and extendible OLED displays in the future. Imagine folding or turning a 55-inch TV into something that fits in your bag, or eventually replacing a pen and paper on a folding tablet. Now it sounds unbelievable, but we are only at the beginning of our flexible future.