Samsung to Launch Foldable Phone in 2019

Royole FlexPai World’s first foldable smartphone launched check features

So it ended up showing off the new Infinity Flex Display on a folding screen inside of a box. When closed, it resembles a compact smartphone. It also has a cover display that acts as a phone.

That said, Denison said Samsung expects to begin mass production of the device 'in the coming months'.

The keynote speech at Samsung's Developer Conference has just finished, and on stage the company finally unveiled the foldable phone we've been hearing about for so long. We're optimizing Android for this new form factor.

Denison said that the device can run three mobile apps at once.

Getting that support is crucial.

Unlike Royole's FlexPai, Samsung obscured the final look of its device by placing it in a case so as to hold off revealing its look until a later event. The flexible display inside has a 1536 by 2152 pixel resolution. The handset is rumoured to have two displays of 7.3-inch and 4-inch size respectively.

Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco is also expected to see the company discuss its new smart speaker - the Galaxy Home - in more detail. During the sesson, Flipboard's vice president Claus Enevoldsen showed off some of the results.

Rumours suggest Samsung could place a price of over £1,300 on this new phone. When unfolded, the device shows you content via the combined 7.3-inch Super AMOLED "main display".

On the hardware front, Park said his company is still determining the device's exact specs, so the end product could be different than what Samsung revealed today. It also should be expected the beta program will initially only be available in select regions, starting with the US, Germany and South Korea - with other countries expected to be added at a later date. Here comes the biggest advantage of such a design compared to today's "all-screen" phone designs, be they notch-y, slide-y or with trimmed bezels - the Infinity Flex Display will take about half the space when shut.

The Infinity Flex Display together with Samsung's brand new One UI delivers a new kind of interface navigation are destined to let users do new, previously impossible with their smartphone actions.

The Korean vendor isn't the only vendor working on a foldable phone. Huawei confirmed last month that it is working on a phone with a flexible screen. If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it? "There's lots of challenges we need to overcome together", said Koh.

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