At the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, the company finally unveiled some details on its long-rumoured new folding phone. Called the Infinity Flex Display, this device allows you to bend and fold the screen to fit into your pocket.
When open, the Infinity Flex Display is a 7.3″ tablet-sized screen. Users can then fold it to reveal a smaller display more akin to that of a smartphone. An interesting part about this gimmick is that the smartphone-like display appears on the outer side of the device once it’s folded inward.
According to Samsung, the display’s panel bending technology utilises an advanced polymer as a protective layer. A special adhesive is also used to ensure that the display remains intact after being folded around.
We just announced support for foldables at #AndroidDevSummit, a new form factor coming next year from Android partners.
Android apps run seamlessly as the device folds, achieving this form factor's chief feature: screen continuity. pic.twitter.com/NAfOmCOY26
— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) November 7, 2018
The developer provided a look at the display in action, but reminded those present that the device was still a prototype. In any case, Samsung says that the device will support up to three apps at once through something called the Multi-Active Window.
Google is also providing complete support for the new foldable devices, and will ensure that its Android OS is optimised well for them. The company is working closely with Samsung to ensure that these foldable displays release in a timely manner some time this year.