Samsung shows off foldable clamshell smartphone concept
If you have fond memories of your old flip phone, there is reason to be excited about the new form concept for the Infinity Flex Display that Samsung teased at its annual Developer Conference this week.
On stage at the annual Samsung Developer Conference this week in San Jose, Sally Hyesoon Jeong, head of Samsung's framework R&D group, teased a new bendable phone concept – one that can fold in a similar fashion to the flip phones that reached peak popularity twenty years ago.
Jeong was in fact using the video as a mock-up for Samsung's One UI 2 software, an update on its Android user interface that she called a requirement that comes hand in hand with the Galaxy Fold's innovative form.
The company since tweeted the demo saying that attendees had got a sneak peek at "a brand new form factor" it is exploring for foldable devices.
"This brand-new form factor that we're now exploring will not only easily fit in your pocket, but it also changes the way you use your phone," said Jeong at the event. The new technology would indeed make for a device that folds inward as a compact square.
While Samsung did not make any formal announcements for what sounds very much like a Motorola 2.0, the teaser seems to confirm similar news leaked earlier this year by Bloomberg.
Foldable screens are much more delicate than traditional ones, and scratch more easily because they are made of plastic. Concerns have also been raised about how resistant they are in the long-term, and whether they can sustain repeated usage.
It still remains to be seen whether Samsung has cracked that equation.