Newer and newer generations of smartphones keep on coming, with more options and features. However, one of the biggest upcoming features is… foldable smartphones? In a developer conference, Samsung showed off a prototype of a phone with a working folding screen. Samsung is calling it the “Infinity Flex Display”, and while this technology never existed in popular phones, some lesser-known companies have implemented it, such as Royole in their FlexPai phone. The phone itself will be able to open and close like a book. When it is closed, it appears to be a small and narrow phone, and when it is opened, it appears similar to a tablet. While the concept seems cool, there are a few problems that may arise. For example, the device itself may have a clunky design. During the developer conference, Samsung intentionally dimmed the lights so that people would not be able to see anything except the screens. However, some were able to get videos and pictures of the device during Samsung’s rehearsals. In these, it is clear to see that the device is thick and the bezels of the device are quite big as well. Another problem that is clear from the pictures is that when closed, the device has a small screen size. Finally, some are wondering whether or not this technology is actually useful. It is likely that users will have to sacrifice the actual phone design just to be able to have the foldability feature. This may not appeal to most consumers if they find the sacrifice not worth it. However, if Samsung is able to implement the technology well, people who enjoy new gadgets and maybe even some regular consumers will purchase the device. A phone with the technology is planned to release sometime next year, and we are hoping it is worth the hype.
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