Samsung Wednesday gave the first glimpse of the upcomingand said it will be mass produced "in the coming months."
Justin Denison, Samsung Vice President of Mobile Marketing, showed off the phone, which is a tablet when it's fully opened and then a phone when it's closed. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you open and close the device again and again without deterioration.
"Infinity Flex Display represents a brand new mobile platform," said Denison. "We've lived in a world where the size of your screen can only be as great as the device itself. We've added a new dimension that helps you browse, view and multitask like never before."
The folding phone can run up to three apps at the same time, something Samsung calls Multi Active Window. Google Glen Murphy, director of Android UX, took the scene after Denison and said.
Denison added that Samsung also works with technology for scroll and stretch screens.
Samsung made the announcements at its fifth annual developer conference, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco. The event, which started little at a San Francisco hotel, was extended to the Moscone Center West in 2016, where Apple previously held its developer conference.5000 people participated in SDC.
SDC reflects Samsung's great pressure to get developers to create software specifically for their devices. Earlier, it is supposed to make programs that work on the edge of Samsung's arched smartphones, or utilize the S Pen stylus. This year it has focused on Bixby and artificial intelligence.
Samsung has hunted the Holy Grail to a folding phone since it bothered one on CES 2013 by displaying a flexible OLED display. The device is on a tough time for the mobile market. Apple and Samsung handset sales decline and the global smartphone market is said to be in a recession. Folding phones can mark the next major innovation on mobile devices –.
D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business,that you would be able to use the device as a multitasking tablet before you can fold it up into a more portable phone. He again emphasized that the folding phone would not be a "gimmick product" that would "disappear after six to nine months after it was delivered."
"When we provide a folding phone, it must be very meaningful to our customers," Koh said last month.
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