Samsung today showed off its first foldable display “Infinity Flex,” that is part of a Foldable smartphone at Samsung Developer Conference 2018 in San Francisco.
It is being called “Infinity Flex”. That is the name of the screen, not the actual phone. The first prototype Samsung has shown off with the Infinity Flex display has an external display which is smaller and work with all of your typical applications.
However, you can open up the main display to get more screen real-estate. Samsung says that the internal display measures 7.3-inches and can be folded “hundreds of thousands” of times before it starts wearing out.
Moreover, the 7.3-inch screen is able to split into three zones at the same time, allowing users to use the Internet, multimedia, and messages simultaneously.
“The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience. We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers. We cannot wait to see where the technology and collaboration takes us.” said DJ Koh, President, and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.
The Infinity Flex display was designed to be folded and unfolded repeatedly without damaging the display. This is due to Samsung using Foldable Adhesive.
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Samsung had to also make this display thinner than any other mobile display it had ever made, so that it could be foldable. Samsung reduced the thickness of the polarizer (45% thinner), which is used to reduce glare so you can see the display.
Samsung says that this is only the beginning though, as it is planning to make rollable and stretchable displays as well.
The Infinity Flex actually has two displays. There is the display inside that is folded, and then there is a smaller four-inch display on the outside that you will use when the phone is folded. That can run apps like a normal smartphone.
The Infinity Flex is not available yet, but Samsung says that it will be able to mass produce it in the “coming months”. So it will likely be ready in the first half of 2019.
With this, Samsung has confirmed a previous report that it is working directly with Google to ensure that Android handles this sort of form factor appropriately. Google announced support for the foldable phone at the Android Dev Summit and says that this support will be available in “future Android releases” as well as being in Samsung’s foldable devices.
Samsung’s new One UI will be running on this new hardware as well. The company says that it will support using up to 3 apps at a time in multi-window on the larger display.