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Samsung unveils upcoming foldable smartphone

2018/11/08 11:25

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday showcased its upcoming smartphone with a foldable display slated to be released in the early part of 2019.

At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018 held in San Francisco, the South Korean tech giant outlined some specs of its much-anticipated "Infinity Flex Display" display technology, calling it the next big breakthrough.

The infinity display is expected to be employed on the company's upcoming high-end smartphones.

At the gathering, Samsung took the wraps off a dual-screen device that looks like a standard smartphone when folded and sports a modest 4.58-inch OLED touchscreen display. However, the smartphone grows into a 7.3-inch tablet with the OLED panel fully unfolded.

Moreover, the 7.3-inch screen is able to split into three zones at the same time, allowing users to use Internet, multimedia, and messages simultaneously.

Senior Vice President Justin Denison said the company developed a new kind of adhesive for its display that allows for reduced thickness even when folded.

Samsung Electronics also announced a major overhaul to the company's Android interface, dubbed "One UI."

   The new interface places interactive controls in the bottom half of the display screen, making it possible for users to reach and touch objects with a thumb while using their smartphones with one hand.

Samsung earlier said that it wishes to become the first in the world to release an operational foldable smartphone, raising the possibility that it may showcase the first product in the near future.

The reveal by the world's largest producer of smartphones comes as global rivals, such as U.S. Apple Inc. and China's Huawei, have been making similar preparations to release foldable smartphones.

This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. shows the company unveiling its upcoming smartphone with a foldable display at Samsung Developer Conference 2018 in San Francisco on Nov. 7, 2018. (Yonhap) This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. shows the company unveiling its upcoming smartphone with a foldable display at Samsung Developer Conference 2018 in San Francisco on Nov. 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

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