The folding telephone era officially started. Samsung introduced the world to its ownThis week, a device rumors called the Galaxy X or the Galaxy F. This was not a typical advertisement with every detail on screen as they were for the Galaxy S9 or revelation Instead, Samsung launched its folding phone through a small video and lifting a prototype work in the hands of an executive on the stage.
Although Samsung never showed the folding phone up close – not even behind the crystal of the museum – the device is quite real. Conceptualizes enough to win Google's support. In fact, the Samsung project seems to explodeFor all folding phones, no matter the manufacturer. Meanwhile, Samsung brought together developers in a session Wednesday afternoon to share some more details, such as the phone .
Despite the dribs and information drabs, the folding phone has a brief appearance on the stage. That's what we know and what is still to come.
What is the phone called?
Samsung did not give the name of a folding phone, but the rumors suggest that it will be called Galaxy X or Galaxy F. The "F" could resist by "bending" or "flexing." The "X" could mean "extra" or "10", since there are 9 Galaxy S phones, although we expect to see a Galaxy S10 in March this year.
What is a folding phone?
If we move on to Samsung's definition, a folding device is a device with a mobile connection (hence the "phone" part) that looks like a tablet when it is fully open and that it can be closed so that it looks like its usual phone. The prototype of Samsung has a tablet-like screen that closes indoors as a book, butAnother folding phone has an external folding screen, which means that the "screen" is on the outside. There is no single definition.
Did not ZTE a folding phone?
ZTE Axon M last year was an early version of a folding phone that connected two separate telephone screens through a central hinge. The folding phone of Samsung (and FlexPai de Royole) seems to have unibody screens that bend in the midpoint. A magnet insures the FlexPai screen in the "closed" position.
We can accredit Axon M with the exploration of different ways to use a dual screen device; Royole has already adopted some of these, for example, reflecting the content of both screens so that people on each side of a table can see the same video clip. ZTE could very well come up with a second-generation folding phone (or "folding").
What is the benefit of a folding phone?
There are two main advantages. First, a folding phone can duplicate the screen space available. For example, the Samsung model has a 4.5-inch screen that it will use when it is closed. Then the interior opens on a 7.3-inch screen. I could argue that it has the equivalent of three screens to work.
A larger screen gives you an expanded viewing surface, but also fashes different ways to use the device. For example, the folding screen of Samsung allows you to multitask it in three areas at the same time. Axon M by ZTE allows you to use the entire screen for an application, load a separate application on each screen or mirror the same application on both screens.
What happens when you open and close your Samsung phone when you are using an application?
Like the Royole FlexPai, this folding phone will automatically transfer the application or screen you are looking at in the "closed" position bent to the "open" position and vice versa. We noticed some delays here at FlexPai, but I did not have the opportunity to see how Samsung will handle the transition.
What's so cool about Samsung's screen?
Samsung has created a new screen for its folding phone, the Infinity Flex Display. The company said that it had to modify the usual layers that are part of any screen (this is what illuminates the "screen" that comes from your phone). All the screens are made of layers, but they are usually stacked and unlocked. The Infinity Flex screen uses a new adhesive that Samsung has developed to laminate the screen layers so that they can flex and bend hundreds of thousands of times.
The company also needed to make the Infinity Flex screen thinner than any other mobile screen. Cut the thickness of the polarizer layer, which helps to bring the screen readable, by 45%.
When will Samsung's folding phone be sold?
Samsung said it will begin to produce the phone in bulk in the "next months". The folding phone will probably start shipping in 2019. We hope that Samsung will hold a separate launch event to enter the details. Once again, this was just a smile.
How much will it cost?
The short answer is that we do not know why Samsung has not announced it. However, it is easy to assume that this will be an expensive device. Royole FlexPai folding phone for developers costs $ 1,318 for a device with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is $ 1,469.
Since Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 for power users starts at $ 999, it's a good assumption that a cutting-edge folding phone could easily start at $ 1,500, if not more. We can expect that devicemakers such as Samsung (and Royole) justify high prices based on the total ownership of the screen. After all, they're right, you're getting a tablet and a phone in one – and phone prices are just getting higher.
What is the battery life?
Samsung aims to give the battery life of the folding phone that lasts so much that today's Galaxy smartphones, said Jisun Park, the engineering director and responsible for the software group of the system for Samsung's mobile business. However, there is a more active screen to drain the battery. The US version of Note 9 lasted an average of 19 hours and 20 minutes.
Where is it the battery anyway?
We do not have access to the design data, but the batteries do not bend. Wait for a large battery to sit on one side and many of the other components to balance it on the other. One important complaint we had with the Axon M ZTE was that it felt unbalanced with half that the battery was drastically thicker and heavier than the other half. Samsung will have to worry about it.
Is that image really going to see the folding phone?
Almost definitely not. Samsung showed a prototype model, saying that the real pieces were hidden inside. Samsung is not ready for the public – or competitors – to see a final design.
If there is a leaflight officially let us know about the eventual shape of the folding phone, it is in the new One UI operating system. The company mentioned that rounded rectangular edges that form an important design motive are intended to unite the rounded edges of their devices. The folding phone prototype has 90 degree edges and thick bezels. We can anticipate a smoother look.
What is the device?
Materials are a great deal because buyers have been conditioned to spend more for aluminum, ceramics and glass. But the FlexPai uses a plastic and body screen to achieve flexibility and keep costs under control, and ZTE Axon M changes the quality of the camera and other parts to keep it at affordable prices.
It is possible that the folding phone contains at least one plastic screen. When the CNE asked, the Samsung Park suggested during a session for developers that the outer screen could have a different material that would cover the screen than the interior screen. Our suggestion is that the 4.5-inch screen could be made from Gorilla Glass while the 7.3-inch screen inside could be made of plastic.
Samsung did not respond to a comment request.
How does it work?
In general, you will start using the folding device as if it were your usual telephone and then open up when you want to take advantage of the larger screen space. Samsung did not share details about how hardware and software share messages.
Does it work with Android?
Yes, but there is more. Samsung announced that the folding phone and future phones would work in a redesigned version of the personalized Samsung software called One UI. Samsung is making the One UI beta available this month, but only for Android 9 Pie users. It's a fair bet that the folding phone will launch with Android Pie.
What applications will work on the phone?
They are still early, so we do not have many details about the applications. This is part of the reason why Samsung introduced the device in SDC, its conference for developers: For developers on board to support the phone. Samsung's internal applications, such as SmartThings, presumably will work on the device and, for a long time, the Flipboard partner has shown its initial efforts in an application.
Once the greatest benefit is the ability to perform multitasking – run three applications at the same time or access more features in one particular application at the same time – the cost is in the developers to create attractive applications that work smoothly on the folding phone. Samsung relies on application developers to help innovate how they did with the stylus compatible applications for the Galaxy Note.
When you open the device, the smallest screen darkens?
For now, Samsung's design "will turn off" the 4.5-inch screen and will open its application on the 7.3-inch inner screen, gathering where it left.
How is Samsung's competition?
Small at this point, but the future seems ferocious. The piece ZTE Axon M is not a great competitor, nor the Royole FlexPai, although it has overtaken Samsung to a really collapsible screen. But we know that LG and Huawei have their own plans for folding phones in the works. It is rumored that LG will launch from the month of January at CES 2019.
Samsung will sell its folding screens to other manufacturers of devicemakers?
During a SDC panel on Wednesday, a developer asked when Samsung will sell its display technology to its rivals. I did not want to comment on this possibility, but Samsung is one of the leading producers of the world's display panel. Probably, eventually, it will sell the technology to competitors to use on their own devices.
Is all this real?
A folding phone may seem like a pipe dream, but this is a fantasy that can come to life. Questions about the price, the practice and the convenience of using a folding device continue.
What comes after folding?
"Our innovation pipeline includes monitors and extensible screens," said Samsung's Denison on Wednesday during the presentation.
Shara Tibken from CNET contributed to this story.
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