Fold­able smart­phone

Sam­sung gives first look at In­fin­ity Flex Dis­play

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Nam Hyun-woo namhw@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics re­vealed its fold­able smart­phone for the first time, Wed­nes­day (lo­cal time), at its Sam­sung De­vel­oper Con­fer­ence here, herald­ing a war with its Amer­i­can and Chi­nese ri­vals in the newly emerg­ing mar­ket.

The tech gi­ant show­cased the pro­to­type, which car­ries its In­fin­ity Flex Dis­play, at its Sam­sung De­vel­oper Con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco.

It drew sur­prise from more than 5,000 par­tic­i­pants at the show, when Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Justin Deni­son took it from his jacket pocket and un­folded it.

A few hours later, the com­pany’s prin­ci­pal en­gi­neer be­hind the pro­ject, Park Ji-sun, show­cased the phone’s finer de­tails, say­ing it will be “the game-changer” of the smart­phone in­dus­try.

The phone has two screens — a 4.58 inch cover dis­play and a 7.3 inch main dis­play that ac­tu­ally folds in half. When folded, the cover dis­play shows con­cise in­for­ma­tion, and de­tails pop up on the main screen when un­folded.

The out­side dis­play has a res­o­lu­tion of 840x1960. The main dis­play of­fers a 1536x2152 res­o­lu­tion. Both have a 420 dpi den­sity.

Park stressed that the com­pany opted for the de­sign as they be­lieve “it of­fers the op­ti­mal user ex­pe­ri­ence,” which in this case is its mul­ti­task­ing abil­ity.

The main screen is par­ti­tioned into three parts — one large win­dow and two sub-win­dows. By di­vid­ing them, the screen can dis­play dif­fer­ent apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Dur­ing a sub-ses­sion of the event, Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics and Flip­board, a news ag­gre­ga­tion app, demon­strated ac­tual uses of un­fold­ing the screen.

When folded, the cover screen shows a con­cise ver­sion of ar­ti­cles, but more de­tails and at­tached clips and photos “un­fold” when the user un­folds the main screen.

“The us­abil­ity of the un­fold­ing screen can be ex­panded fur­ther de­pend­ing on how de­vel­op­ers make ap­pli­ca­ble apps,” Park said on the side­lines of the ses­sion.

Re­gard­ing the bat­tery life and con­sumer price, nei­ther Park nor Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics of­fi­cials dis­closed de­tails, merely say­ing “bat­tery life will be at least the same as cur­rent mod­els and the price will be as ap­pro­pri­ate as pos­si­ble.

Though the com­pany did not out­line spe­cific de­tails of its up­com­ing fold­able phone, con­sumers may ex­pe­ri­ence Sam­sung’s first fold­able phone in the near fu­ture, as Park said the launch will take place within next year.

Reuters-Yon­hap

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Justin Deni­son un­folds the com­pany’s fold­able screen smart­phone pro­to­type dur­ing the Sam­sung De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco, Wed­nes­day.

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