Samsung has unveiled its Infinity Flex display today. This is what the company is going to call its much-rumored foldable display. We didn’t get to see the foldable smartphone today as Samsung merely highlighted the display technology in an engineering prototype. If previous reports are accurate then the foldable smartphone may not arrive until next year.
The company shared some details about the foldable display today. It has also provided more insight into the idea that led to the creation of the Infinity Flex display.
The idea behind the Infinity Flex display
Samsung started out with a simple question in mind. What if the smartphone display could change in size? It thus began developing a new category of display which will give way to an entirely new way of using the smartphone. The new display form factor that Samsung has created seamlessly unfolds into a 7.3-inch display. This means that one device can function as both a smartphone and tablet.
The foldable phone is going to have a smaller external display as well for this reason. Glass doesn’t fold naturally so Samsung had to develop a new material for the cover window that’s not only flexible but also durable. Samsung says that the display can be folded and unfolded countless times without issue. It has developed new software experiences as well to take full advantage of the foldable display. Features like multi-active window will enable users to run three apps simultaneously when the display is folded out.
Samsung SVP Justin Denison said during the company’s keynote today that mass production of the Infinity Flex display is merely a matter of months away. We can thus reasonably expect the foldable smartphone to arrive at some point next year.