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At CES, Samsung unveiled designs for foldable laptops, tablets, and smartphones




Since then, Samsung has been working hard to develop its own foldable smartphone technology. But even though they’ve had their fair share of setbacks, the company continues to push forward. With three different models of the Galaxy Z Fold available for preorder now, Samsung’s display division showed off its vision for the future at CES 2019 by showing off some new concepts for foldable displays. For whatever reason, they released an official video showing off their Galaxy S10 phones, but aren’t hosting any links to where people can watch it online. However, there are several unofficial videos available on YouTube by Abhijit Mishra (1,2,3,4), which show off the phone. They’re not Galaxy phones, but they don’t come close to having everything a full-featured phone has. However, Samsung Display’s technology has helped drive the success of the Galaxy Fold line of smartphones. Now, the display business unit wants to tackle even larger and more complex form factors.

Its display size is 8 inches, which means it’s ideal for watching movies, playing video games, reading ebooks, etc. However, its 16:9 aspect ration makes it suitable for viewing video content, browsing websites, using 2 side by side applications, etc. When unfolded, it looks just like a phone but folds into an even larger device resembling something out of science fiction. It looks like a large version of Samsung’s folding smartphone from last year called the Galaxy Z Fold (2018). It prevents the screen from slipping out of place if you hold the phone horizontally. Foldable screens don’t protect their edges from scratches because they aren’t covered by anything. However, they do include a tentacle which protects them from damage.

The phone version of the Flex S has popped up at other trade shows before. It shrinks the same tri-fold design way, way down to what looks like a device in the 4-inch range. When closed you get a small, one-handed phone design, which you can then open into a bigger device for multimedia usage. Making a small phone bigger is a cool idea, and it seems more functional than the Galaxy Z Flip, which is just a normal phone that folds in half.

Unlike the tablet, the phone Flex S has a plausible camera setup, thanks to the camera bump on the front left side of the device. It’s not demoed, but I would imagine this could work as both a front and rear camera by just folding the first chunk of the screen over and using the other half of the display as a viewfinder.

The left side of the screen has some weird things going on. Because they didn’t want to go past the edge of the screen, Samsung decided against extending the display all the way across their Galaxy S8 smartphone. It doesn’t become an actual smartphone anymore; instead, it simply becomes a clear block of glass. With an iPhone XS Max, when you unfold the device there’s now the main screen on the front and a thin strip of glass exposed at the bottom edge of the display so you can see some content from the rear camera.

Instead of having screens on the outside, these Flex G devices fold outwards. They’re better at preventing screen damage than most smartphones, but they don’t provide any quick access to notification settings. If you’re going to be using these everyday, they need to fit comfortably into your lifestyle. On the right side of the phone there’s an empty space where the S Pen used to be, but now the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ fills it up with its own pen holder. There’s no front camera on this prototype but there will be one on the final version of the app. The large tablet has no physical keyboard. It doesn’t have any ports for connecting wires, but there might be some sort of wireless connection. Samsung has announced its new Galaxy Fold smartphone which features an innovative foldable screen. These phones look almost identical to ones we’ve already seen from companies like LG, Oppo, or TCL. When using the Flexible Display feature, the screen wraps around one side of your device with an extra, unused display on the rear. As soon as it’s time for tablet mode, a number of motors expand the body of the device so that they pull more of the flexible screen out of its back side, thus expanding the size of the display. Many companies have demonstrated this concept, but none have actually brought it to market.

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The Flexible Display feature lets you use the phone in two modes: Tablet Mode and Phone Mode. In Tablet Mode, the display expands to cover the entire front surface of the device. This means that you can watch movies, play games, read eBooks, and browse through web pages without ever touching the sides of the device. In Phone Mode, the display retracts to a smaller size so that you can still make calls and receive texts while maintaining full functionality of the device.


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