Changing tack: Samsung to reveal some features of foldable phone this week

07 November, 2018, 07:13 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Royole Releases the World’s First Commercial Foldable Smartphone

Although this won't be first foldable Android smartphone because just last week a startup, Royole, announced world's first commercial foldable smartphone "FlexPai".

Although Samsung has been suggesting this kind of a device was coming since 2014, this is the closest we've got to seeing it for real. To prevent the smartphone's foldable hinge from any possible damage in the future, Samsung may place a gear in the hinge to ensure that the phone folds slowly.

This is not the first hint from Samsung about a possible sneak peek at the upcoming foldable phone, though.

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While the FlexPai is an exciting development for anyone who has been waiting for bendy smartphones to become a reality, it's painfully obvious that the software has not yet caught up.

Samsung is said to be contemplating two design choices: one that is longer horizontally and the other vertical when unfolded. "Yes, it feels a bit gimmicky, but the FlexPai does actually deliver on its promise of being the 'first foldable smartphone, '" said Mashable's Karissa Bell. Speculation running wild might well have promised a device that won't come to fruition for a while to come, although I truly hope I'm wrong. Phones with the display on the outside could have something like a traditional smartphone form factor when closed, which could open up into a tablet-like form factor. It's got all the usual smartphone features: a 20-megapixel camera, fingerprint scanner, USB-C charging and storage expansion via MicroSD. There was a noticeable delay when rotating the screen or folding or unfolding the phone. The Royole can supposedly withstand 200,000 folds without damage, but even that's with a design that doesn't fold fully closed.

That could change, especially if more mainstream phone makers like Samsung start making flexible phones as well. Now the company has several phones up its sleeves like the Galaxy S10 or the flip phone which is to debut in China but the foldable phone is said to be the most awaited-one out of all.

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