Samsung unveils foldable phone at conference

Kelley Robertson
November 8, 2018

Samsung also showed off a new software interface called One UI, which includes simplified controls, new icons, and more rounded corners.

We're finally entering the future we've all been waiting for-the first Android smartphone with a foldable display (from a major Android OEM) has finally been unveiled. "Two-screen devices and one-screen devices".

Samsung today gave a sneak peak of its long-rumored foldable device that can morph between smartphone and tablet.

All of this is to say that the "support" Android is offering for foldables as of right now appears to be mainly guidance in the form of steering developers toward the screen continuity feature that post mentions above. But at the same time, what Samsung showed today makes the idea of flexible phones a lot more tolerable than anything we've seen before.

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

However, the front screen looked pointedly smaller than the silhouette of the phone Anjum held up.

The foldable phone with the Infinity Flex Display will be able to run up to three apps simultaneously, a feature spread Samsung is calling Multi Active Window.

It's been more than five years since we first wrote about Samsung's secret work on bendable display technologies that would bring foldable handsets to their logical endgame of a phone-to-tablet device.

In an interview, the CEO of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told me the folding phone is no gimmick. The company has updated its Facebook profile picture with an image housing a folded Samsung logo.

Rumours suggest Samsung could place a price of over £1,300 on this new phone. The smartphone-tablet hybrid was first unveiled to journalists at an event in San Francisco, Monday, November 5, USA time (Tuesday, November 6, Philippine time).

Samsung has also been working with Google to ensure Android is capable of native foldable phone support, which is helpful seeing as how they're going to start arriving quite quickly.

Make no mistake, this thing looks chunky as hell, but a large part of that is apparently due to the protective shroud Samsung used to shield the rest of the device from prying eyes.

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