Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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Here's a first look at Samsung’s new foldable smartphone

Here's a first look at Samsung’s new foldable smartphone

Samsung first unveiled a prototype for a foldable phone in 2014, which looks vastly different than the one we saw on Wednesday.

One thing worth noting is that these individual capsules will not be immediately present on Bixby-enabled smartphones.

Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell said that while the bendable screen provided a wow factor, shoppers may not like the thickness of the folded phone or its price tag. It also announced its take on the notch, with not one but three notch designs for its future devices - the Infinity U, Infinity V and Infinity O. The next steps are rollable TVs and foldable handheld screens.

One UI's "clean and minimal design keeps the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen - making it more natural and comfortable for one-handed use", said Samsung in a release.

“When its closed, its a phone” and “when its open, its a tablet”, the company said at its developers conference, explaining that it is working with Google and developers to optimize Android apps for this type of screen. "The experience was reengineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate".

They described the Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said they intend to start production within months.


"We expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers", he added.

Not alike: I've previously reported on the foldable smartphone rumor. "We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers".

Royole showed off its FlexPai phone to journalists on Monday, with Samsung following suit with a foldable Galaxy X smartphone on Wednesday. These are first generation devices but imagine some years from now where physical ports have been removed, driving electronics significantly reduced in size, and batteries perhaps flexible, too.

Bixby Developer Studio: This is a collection of tools created to provide an intuitive way for developers and partners to infuse intelligence into more services and devices.

She said Royole told her the issues were "due to the adhesive used in the engineering samples".

Samsung is also adding five additional languages to Bixby in the coming months - such as British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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