Samsung previews smartphone with screen that folds like book

Gerardo Harmon
November 8, 2018

The move also underscores a new level of caution in product planning after a costly recall for its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 in 2016.

Samsung today revealed its new user interface for its Android phones going forward.

Android will now support devices that are half-phone, half-tablet with a high-tech, wraparound screen. Samsung, one of the last holdouts in this regard, is ready to give up and join every other smartphone maker in Notchland.

Samsung Electronics on Wednesday offered a peek at a future phone that unfolds like a book to reveal a 7.3-inch screen inside. The company's prototype device also has a screen on one of its outer faces for use when the full-size internal display isn't needed or practical.

Unless you've been living under a rock, then you know that Samsung is working on a folding smartphone that will be released in 2019.

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Since this is a new form factor, it runs the new OneUI, which will allow users to run three apps at the same time, thanks to the Multi-Active Window concept.

High price tags are expected to prevent foldable phones from immediately becoming big hits, and some analysts doubt there is huge appetite for such products.

"Find and focus on the content you want easily, "Samsung's official website reads, "The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time".

Both of those screens will have a big impact on battery life, so Samsung will have to include a large battery to keep the phone lasting all-day long.

According to a report from Reuters, if the South Korean company does indeed debut their plans for a foldable phone, it would be the second smartphone with a flexible display to do so, following Royole's FlexPai.

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But analysts say a flexible phone has the potential to strengthen Samsung's brand and boost interest in its wider family of devices.

Samsung faces competition in the folding phone market.

Samsung also sought help from Google, whose Android software powers the phone and will need to be tweaked to take advantage of it.

The yearly tech show takes place in Las Vegas from January 8 and is often used by firms to showcase TVs and screen technology. In phone mode, you can scroll through the news app like normal.

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