Samsung Again Teases Foldable Smartphone Ahead of February 20 Event

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In a new "The Future Unfolds" ad for its upcoming February 20 keynote event, Samsung today teased hints of its upcoming "Galaxy Fold" foldable smartphone.

Not a lot can be seen in the video, but the words in the video appear to wrap around a foldable surface, a reference to Samsung's first smartphone with this folding design.


Samsung in November introduced its Infinity Flex display technology, demonstrating it in a device with a 7.3-inch flexible display that can be folded right in half, collapsing from a tablet size down to a smartphone size.


At the time, Samsung said that it had to invent new materials and reimagine the display from the ground up to create its Infinity Flex technology.

Samsung is developing a new software platform for the device in partnership with Google, which is designed to support two UIs - one for when the device is open and one for when the device is closed.


Samsung's foldable smartphone will debut at its upcoming February 20 event, which will also see the launch of the new Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup.

The Galaxy S10 devices won't feature foldable displays, but there will be three options at various price points and with different display sizes. Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup is expected to feature small "hole punch" camera cutouts to maximize available screen area.

It's a phone... It's a tablet... It's a phone that unfolds into a tablet! #SDC18 pic.twitter.com/FgwpJPjqTn - SAMSUNG DEVELOPERS (@samsung_dev) November 7, 2018

Samsung will introduce its new smartphones at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, months ahead of when Apple will debut its 2019 iPhone lineup.

There have been some rumors suggesting Apple is exploring foldable display content, but right now, there's no concrete evidence that Apple is working on a smartphone with a foldable display.

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AngerDanger

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More than foldable displays, I'd like to see two seamless but separate microLED displays similar to the ones demoed at CES…



…but that have a hinge connecting them on the other side. This way, you can have both displays covered in durable glass and perfectly straight:

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keysofanxiety

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More than foldable displays, I'd like to see two seamless but separate microLED displays that have a hinge connecting them on the other side. This way, you can have both displays covered Ain glass and perfectly straight.
I’m just waiting for the one shaped like a paper fortune teller, so simple navigation to a new webpage involves about 3 minutes of hand movement accompanied by nursery rhymes.
 
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spiderman0616

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1) Bending/folding screens are really cool tech. I think they have a future in mobile and non-mobile devices.
2) I don't mind Apple not jumping on this first, because most of these first tries are going to range from bad to terrible. Samsung's might have more polish than the rest.
3) Prepare for LOTS of click bait, hit pieces, hot takes, and bad PR from the tech media (this very site will probably be one of the ones leading the charge) for the duration of 2019, and probably most of 2020, claiming that Apple is toast without a folding phone.
 

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I’m interested to see how this will play out. Might be a gimmick so eager to see how they implement.

This is my prediction: Apple’s response will be: we don’t like this tech and our customers won’t either (similar to larger phones & Qi), than in 5 years they will adopt, have hardware issues and blame customers they are folding it wrong.
 
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spiderman0616

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I’m interested to see how this will play out. Might be a gimmick so eager to see how they implement.

This is my prediction: Apple’s response will be: we don’t like this tech and our customers won’t either (similar to larger phones & Qi), than in 5 years they will adopt, have hardware issues and blame customers they are folding it wrong.
Like I said above.
 

swm

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if this is so big deal, then why don't they left the "wow" effect for the event?
 

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I can’t imagine the benefits of a foldable phone and my Apple reflexes says that no one can do things better than Apple ;) ... but color me intrigued!! New tec is always cool and this could be the first time there is a real differential feature between the brands.
 

Alan Wynn

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More than foldable displays, I'd like to see two seamless but separate microLED displays similar to the ones demoed at CES…



…but that have a hinge connecting them on the other side. This way, you can have both displays covered durable glass and perfectly straight:

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Their microLED panels were 6” x 6” and pretty thick. They were pretty nice and the seam was hard to see. Given they do not need to be wall mounted, they could get a bit thinner, but I am not sure we are there yet. :-D
 

MKevin3

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I remember when Samsung came out with split screen mode on the phone. I got a lot of use out of it. Later Google made it part of Android. Google seems to at least want to stay slightly ahead of this game by supporting folded / unfolded views in the newer SDK. Samsung is more bleeding edge on Android than Google is in a number of areas - various settings, a stylus, etc.

While I like split screen mode unsure if I care about foldable. Anything that folds takes a lot of wear and tear which is my biggest worry. Someone has to be the pioneer. The idea of having tablet size screen space when I want it sounds cool but the thickness when folded does not look optimal for phone usage. I do hope they release one so the industry can start refining it.
 

Nozuka

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Might be useful in a few years. I can see this replace the iPad Mini completely
 
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