Samsung unveils its foldable smartphone, calls the technology ‘Infinity Flex Display’

Delia Walker
November 9, 2018

The Verge's reporter Nick Statt said that when folded, the phone was "bulky" and "feels miles away in quality" from a high-end smartphone. "We expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers", he said.

Samsung has been leaking information to the media about its foldable Infinity Flex Display smartphone for weeks, and the SDC is where the company chose to show it for the first time.

"Our goal is to offer developers a robust, scalable and open AI platform that makes it easy for them to launch and evolve the fantastic experiences they create for our users", said Kyunghak Hyun, Product Manager of the AI Product Management Group at Samsung. But it's still a good sign that Samsung will be able to release a major software upgrade for its latest Note smartphone alongside the Galaxy S flagship.

They described the Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said they intend to start production within months.

Samsung is among a few developers working on foldable phones. A new foundation?Why would we want our displays to fold? Its FlexPai folding phone was made available for order with a $1,318 starting price.

China's Huawei Technologies has said it is planning to launch a 5G smartphone with a foldable screen in mid-2019. Google's support for Samsung's foldable phone is key, because it widens support for multiple active Android windows on this type of hybrid device. Bixby could then become an alternative to Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa, even though the Samsung platform is widely perceived as weaker than its competitors when it comes to recognizing and processing voice commands.

She said Royole told her the issues were "due to the adhesive used in the engineering samples".

Samsung is also adding five additional languages to Bixby in the coming months - such as British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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