Samsung shows that the foldable form factor is more than a gimmick

Samsung shows that the foldable form factor is more than a gimmick
Today's brief appearance of Samsung's Infinity Flex display on a foldable phone revealed that the form factor could be more than just a gimmick. The device smoothly morphed from a smartphone into a 7.3-inch "tablet." In conjunction with the just unveiled One UI interface and Android's new "Foldables" interface, the ability to switch from a smartphone display into a larger screened tablet is more than just a superficial magic trick.

During the introduction of the foldable device, the company noted that an external "cover" screen will be available for "regular" smartphone type features, including the use of apps without opening the device. But when used as a tablet, the device will remember where you left off on an app when using the external display, and will take you right back there with the larger screen.

The entire keynote today, while perhaps not as exciting as Steve Jobs' 2007 unveiling of the Apple iPhone, was close in terms of the possibilities. Imagine how business users in the field will be able to use the device. Three apps can be open at the same time, offering pure multi-tasking for the user. Apps won't need to be closed in order to open a new one.

Smartphone shipments have been slowing, but this new platform could help put a charge into the industry next year. And with Google's Android OS fully on board, it is obvious that we could be coming to a major change in what smartphones look like and how they are used. If you watched the entire keynote from the Samsung Developer Conference, you might have experienced the same feelings you did when Steve Jobs held the first iPhone in his hand and showed the audience the future of the smartphone industry.

With mass production of Sammy's foldable phone expected to start in a few months, the smartphone industry looks ripe for some major changes led by an innovative team from Samsung.



1. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Im glad this is finally happening! Its time for a change in the mobile industry because just adding bigger screens, slimmer bezels, slightly better cameras, and larger batteries with a steeper price tag is not innovation.


Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Eh we are adding the notch and it's called courage!

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I'm willing to trust Samsung on this.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Definitely ready! Definitely getting!

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

History has taught us that no company leads the pack forever. Apple is very likely to lose it's dominance within the next 3-10 years and their replacement will in time fall behind as well. New ideas are how all tech grows and evolves.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You do realize that Samsung’s mobile division has been steadily declining in revenue for 6+ years now, right? This device is not gonna change that. If you honestly believe Samsung is going to take the mantle now, because of this ‘thing’, check yourself into a medical facility.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At the same time, their flagships have been the highest rated smartphones in the world,, so they already taken that mantle.

15. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Kiko, my comment was regarding the thoughts of the article itself. I did not state that Samsung would replace Apple but that some company is very likely to do so within the next 10 years. At one point Apple replaced Blackberry, Palm and Windows mobile. Facebook took down Myspace and Google overtook Yahoo, Aol and others. Sony was once King and look at them now. There are many other examples of you want to do the research. All these companies will inevitably be replaced by others. If you can't grasp that concept, you can have your very own wing in a medical facility.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said

32. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Amen kiko007....preach the truth...

5. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Mother of phablets.... Mother of foldables?

21. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

And don’t forget , mother of garbages!!!

23. koioz unregistered

Hey salty peaceboy samsung can manufacture their own parts. Apple is FRANKENSTEIN. It's a fact. Designed by Apple, made in china. Lmao

35. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If Samsung manufacture their parts. Then how come my note 8 did take 3 weeks for a screen replacement?

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You know, people said that about the Galaxy Note. Why is it tou have to feel one companybhas to always be successful. Capitalism exist these companies to compete and outdo each other to give us better stuff. When you board a plane, do you car if it's made by Boeing or Airbus? Why do you. Uy the car you own? I just argued with someone who claimed we Samsung fans are so sheepish because we were supporting a device we hadnt even seen hustbfeom rumors. But yet they do it too. Except we actually get something different, while they get more if the same. Less for more money. Samsung is know for making high quality products. Apple also uses them. Apple only wants to move away from Samsung, because Samsung also competes against Apple and this is something Apple has had an issue with since forever. We know Samsung makes greatbrhings and we expect since they are making such a big deal about it, its gonna be a great evolutionary device as the Note was. And this just burns you guys skin, like sunlight on a vampire. Why can't you enjoy it, no matter who it comes from? Apple made everyone get off their butts a d make phones better. Everyone gets a turn to create.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wish it wasn't so dark so we could see more. I know they were keeping some design elements secret, but this was a tease.

26. odachek

Posts: 130; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Hope they are not hiding fingerprint-magnet screens.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think this was rumored to be able to fold about 200,000 times under durability tests which sounds like a lot but I don’t think it would last longer than a couple years. I look forward to the second iteration once they iron out any kinks. Never buy a product on its first iteration, always bound to have problems.

41. Sweetcheese

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Finally, someone comes out with a reasonable point. Although, if nobody buys the first iteration, then future iterations may not come out. So, I say buy it if you got cash to spare.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Off topic: how do you clear old "subs" on this site, using mobile version?

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is what the mobile space needed in order to be revitalized and Samsung delivered. We will now see a slew of other oems running to also produce their own versions of this. However, if done and marketed right, Samsung will be at least two to three years ahead.

12. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

I wonder how thick the the phone would be when it's folded.

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Considering the size of the guys thumb. At least 1.8-2cm

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is a fake case overtop of the actual design though so it's difficult to say.

18. dmdzordilla

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Mentions the Apple iPhone with a link

25. odachek

Posts: 130; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

At least Samsung makes the folding and unfolding swifter and zero screen creasing movement than those China-made bend like sheet metal kinda foldable phones.

27. warrenellis93

Posts: 556; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Its probably ugly

29. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looking forward to multi adaptive apps open on my Note with the new UI.

30. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Keep those brick sized bezels with u Samsung.It indeed is a gimmick

31. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

watch out for HUAWEI...... . "samsung" ur days r numbered.

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