Infinity Flex: Samsung’s Flexible Smartphone Finally Unveiled
After years of teasing, the world leader in the smartphone has made official its first folding phone. A radically new design that promises to upset the industry, according to the brand.
The rumors and clues were fulfilled, although not as expected. Samsung gave us a taste of its future folding device that will integrate for the first time a completely flexible AMOLED panel, this panel has been baptized as ‘Infinity Flex Display.’
Samsung’s foldable smartphone is fast becoming a reality. The South Korean manufacturer has put an end to the suspense surrounding this long-standing project at the opening of its developer conference on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in San Francisco, California, giving a preview of its Infinity Flex Display technology, a phone equipped with a foldable screen the size of a tablet capable of holding in the pocket, as in the best sci-fi movies.
Revealed four years ago in the spotlight of a commercial and regularly evoked by the directors of the company in recent months, Samsung foldable smartphone has not been revealed in full. The brand has shared merely the outlines of this new smartphone with application developers to allow them to imagine experiences adapted to this radically different design articulated around two screens.
Samsung has a lot of hope in the Infinity Flex Display technology. At a time when the best smartphones on the market are generally content to improve the previous models, the brand hopes that the foldable phone will upset a stagnant industry. It will have to prove that it is more than a gadget and convince users of the interest of such a design compared to a conventional smartphone.
The new age of the smartphone
With its Infinity Display, Samsung intends to offer a different experience than that provided by a smartphone or tablet, a compromise between the widescreen experience demanded by consumers and portability. “How can we increase the size of the screen without increasing the size of the device itself?” Asked a Samsung executive on stage.
“The Infinity Flex is a new platform for web browsing, watching videos, connecting, and multitasking like never before – Infinity Flex Display is laying the foundation for tomorrow’s smartphone,” the company promises.
This new device comes in the form of a tablet of 7.3 inches when unfolded, and under that of a small phone particularly thick when folded on itself. It displays edges and thicknesses that are out of step with the standards of the moment of high-end telephony.
Its manufacture consists of the technology of folding of panels developed by the company, which has a new protective layer with an advanced polymer that allows it to be flexible and resistant at the same time.
In addition to this, Samsung mentions that they had to design a special folding adhesive, this to ensure that the screen remained attached in both folded and expanded modes.
No revolutionary use
Samsung did not really answer questions about the new methods offered by this device format. Once the large screen is unfolded, applications are displayed in a larger format. Up to three applications can operate at the same time in a “multi-active window”. A small screen stays on when the unit is folded. It will be possible to start a video on the small screen to continue with the screen deployed for a more immersive experience. And that’s about all for now.
The model presented at the conference is not a final product. Samsung ensures that it will be able to begin mass production of the Infinity Flex display in a few months. The brand is working hand in hand with Google to adapt Android to the new possibilities offered by this type of device for a launch in 2019. Google has started to provide instructions for application developers to support their applications in this new format.
It should be noted that what Samsung has presented its ability to manufacture these screens, so there are no specifications or anything else, and the idea is that any manufacturer is encouraged and buy these new panels.
Like Samsung, LG and Huawei have also posted their ambitions in the design of foldable smartphones. These projects have long remained a dead letter due to significant technological barriers. If brands are able to produce flexible screens, it is not the same for the components necessary for the operation of a smartphone, whose rigidity is an even more complex challenge for engineers.
Unknown to the general public, Royole Technology blasted the industry giants by launching last week the first smartphone with a foldable screen. But the Chinese company has not really convinced observers about the user experience offered by its terminal.
The folding screen is seen as the most significant breakthrough in the smartphone industry, eagerly awaiting a revolutionary technology that will give the market a second boost, more than a decade after the arrival of the iPhone.