Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Samsung finally showed a public prototype of a foldable smartphone that can open like a book so people can access a bigger display screen, comparable to a tablet.

Samsung isn't the first to try foldable phones, but the company's display know-how, reach and marketing power could take the form mainstream. Today, at the Samsung Developer Conference, the South Korean company gave us our first look at the device, and it's quite interesting. After Anjum introduced the phone, Google's Android UX chief came onstage to announce that the operating system will work to support foldable displays in the future. "There's lots of challenges we need to overcome together", said Koh.

Anjum revealed the foldable display on stage, showing off a clamshell design with a wide interior screen when opened flat, and an outside screen when folded-up.

The era of the foldable smartphone is coming.

In the meantime Samsung is opening up development tools to ensure apps will be ready for the foldable device when it's released. The phone is expected to launch in 2019.

But across the industry, smartphone designs have been more about incremental improvements than bold new ideas - and consumers, unsurprisingly, have waited longer and longer to upgrade.

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When folded, the device shows you content via the 4.6-inch Super AMOLED "cover display".

However, although the phone itself was rumoured to be called the Galaxy X, Samsung did not officially reveal its name.

However, both were upstaged a week ago when a little-know start-up, Royole, unveiled a foldable phone of its own.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has also teased that it is working on a folding phone that could replace a computer.

Now, it would seem the Samsung Experience UI in the process of being replaced by the all-new One UI. All of which are further created to increase the usability of the interface on a larger display, while also ensuring the experience is cleaner and more minimalist than it ever has been before on a Samsung device. Reports also suggest that the new smartphone will feature an OLED screen and will be powered by an intel chip. The smartphone-tablet hybrid was first unveiled to journalists at an event in San Francisco, Monday, November 5, United States time (Tuesday, November 6, Philippine time).

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