Samsung's bendable Infinity Flex display is here, ready for its foldable phone release



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. Since then, we've written hundreds of articles dedicated on this unicorn of a device that proved harder to master than anyone, including Samsung, thought. Each CES show the foldable phone was near ready for release, and was allegedly shown to select few lucky souls from carriers and the industry. Heck, as far back as 2013 a Korean analyst was saying the following:



Well, we are happy to announce that Samsung's chief just got on the stage for a keynote at its Developer Conference in Moscone Center in San Francisco, and finally ushered in the new era of mobile devices - those that fold in half to fit in a pocket or purse, and unfurl to become a large screen when you need it - with no hinges attached.

There is a good reason that Samsung is detailing its first foldable device at a dev conference which is usually associated with boring stuff like app workshops. Samsung may have mastered the hardware, but the interface of this unique form factor will be what makes or breaks it. The bendable phone's formidable task is to prove its usefulness above all else, or it will stay as a cool and niche design at unreachable price point.


Samsung Infinity Flex display phone design and specs


As expected, the phone will be of the in-folding type that is easier to produce and more practical for now. That means the handset will fold from top to bottom with the big screen left inside. What if you need a display for a quick glance at something when you don't need the big one for consuming media or browsing? Why, a second display, of course, situated on the outside, but with smaller dimensions. If that sounds like a Motorola flip from the early cell phone days, it's because that's a similar concept. Sans the hinge!


Yep, the display sort of loops in a tiny semi-circle in the middle, while a corrugated part on the opposite side should extend to help close the phone shut seamlessly. 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. Granted, the phone will become thicker but many of our polls show that people prefer chubbier gear if that means extra features.

On stage, Samsung mentioned that it has managed to develop a very thin Flex panel with brand new polarizer, cover layer and substrates, so even when closed, the final handset should be able to stay acceptably thin. Just slip it in the pocket and go, then unfurl when you need the large, 7.3" main display.


One UI interface for foldables


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.

Samsung calls this the best of both worlds: "a compact smartphone that unfolds to reveal a larger immersive display for multitasking and viewing content." The app experience seamlessly transitions from the smaller display to the larger display as the device unfolds. In addition, users can browse, watch, connect and multitask without losing a beat, simultaneously using three active apps on the larger display.

We are glad to report that Samsung seems to be on the right track with the new One UI which lets you run up to three apps in a new Multi-active Window concept. Open the phone, and the three apps inside will be right where you left them, while another one can be displayed on the outside display.

Samsung foldable phone with Infinity Flex display price and release date


You'd have to wait until early next year, most likely at the MWC expo in February to take a good look at a finished device with Infinity Flex, and pricing is still up in the air, but the bendy screens will be in mass production "in the coming months."

Knowing that we only have to survive through the holidays before the future of mobile is here, is nothing compared to those excruciating five years that Samsung has been teasing us with that foldable unicorn.

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46 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Looks amazing and durable imho, and that was just a prototype

7. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also hopefuly this prototype ends up in some cool designed case like S9

9. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It maybe, but not useful otherwise Apple would've done it by now. It isn't that hard for them to innovate

10. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Bahahaha

14. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Lol apple mainly uses other companies technology then just tweets it. Just like in screen fingerprint apple would have that if it worked 1 year earlier, now it's to stubborn to add in screen finger print.

20. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

To expensive for apple, they need 60+% mark up. They added a amoled screen and it pushed the price over $1000. Imagine what the price would be for something like this.

23. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

thats stretching for it a little bit. i'm not usually one to bash apple. but apple hasn't innovated anything in the past several years with the exception of face id.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then there must not have been any innovation in tech for about 8 years, because there sure hasn't been any from Apple.

29. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Common man...dont say that...did you forget they ditch the headphone jack...thats the greatest innovation ever =).

31. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That was courage, not innovation.

46. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

i was being sarcastic

35. koioz unregistered

Innovate like what?? Like buying parts from other OEMs and naming them like liguid retina or super retina. Oh poor FRANKENSTEIN iphone.

2. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Ohh i liked previous icons better!

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Absolutely getting this! Real innovation rather than just making screens bigger... The UI looks super Dope with real multitasking! Clearing credit card off now. Call me a blind fan boy if you want but I love bleeding edge tech!

5. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Blind fanboy! You're welcome!

19. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Definitely appreciate it! Feels good!

4. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Incredible! Definitely buying

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 660; Member since: May 02, 2016

Now ... They got me excited for the foldable phone more than before, i liked the idea, the challenge now is how to put it in a sexy body like the S9 ( love emoji )

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It was in a sexy body, it was just a cover box all over it

12. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

When innovating sucks the t*ts of art.

13. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Looks fantastic, we needed something new in the mobile space. Inovation.

15. TechGirl90 unregistered

Wow! that is awesome!!! Way to go Samsung! you officially waken me up out of Tech Boredom in 2018! Keep it up!

16. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Nice, have a galaxy s9 plus. That new ui looks really nice and greatly refreshed.

17. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Samsung is just copying iphone 6+ #BendGate. Shame on you.

21. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

lolol

22. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Color me impressed. Looking forward to seeing the released device!

24. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wow!!!! Just Wow!!! Samsung has done it!! Get this baby into production.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Y’all gonna buy this outright and be extremely disappointed with it. Calling it now.

27. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They won't be as disappointed as you are right now, because it must really hurt watching other OEMs innovate and then having to wait few years to enjoy such innovations.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's gotta be used to it by now.

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