After years of development, Samsung has finally unveiled its new Infinity Flex device, which is the South Korean giant’s first foldable smartphone. The company said that the device will go into mass production in a few months.
While the company has revealed its foldable device, nothing much is known about the device apart from what the company showcased in a brief glimpse on the SDS 2018 stage. However, the company has urged the developers to start developing apps for the device.
The phone will come with 1960 x 820 pixels screen resolution when folded and 2152 x 1536 pixels resolution when unfolded. It will have a pixel density of 420PPI. When folded, the Infinity Flex has a 4.58-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and when unfolded, tablet version seems to be the primary mode of operation with 4.2:3 aspect ratio and a screen size of 7.3 inches.
Currently, it’s not known how exactly the device will work or if the form factor is the final one. However, the software part of such devices seems to have already been covered as Google announced Android support for “foldable phones” along with Samsung’s big reveal.
Google’s head of Android UX, Glen Murphy said that Google would work with the developer community to bring more features to the phone. Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Google’s Android software platform had said that Samsung planned to introduce a new Android-based device early next year.
The phone’s full specs, availability details, and costing still remain a mystery. Samsung is among a handful of developers working on foldable phones. Huawei has said it is planning to launch a 5G smartphone with a foldable screen in mid-2019.
While Samsung and Huawei were competing to be the first to launch a foldable phone, they were beaten by Royole — a Chinese display making start-up — that launched Royole FlexPai for around $1,300 and would start filling orders in late December.
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