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Foldable Phones are Coming

People love tablets, because they have bigger screens than phones, and they are more portable than desktop computers. But you still can't put a tablet in your pocket ...or can you? Samsung has unveiled a foldable phone called the Infinity Flex Display, which should be available some time in 2019.

Samsung is actually using two separate displays to create its foldable phone — one on the inside, and a smaller display on the outside — unlike Royole’s FlexPai, which uses a single folding display on the outside of the device. Samsung’s internal display is 7.3 inches with a 1536 x 2152 resolution (4.2:3). It folds in half to reveal a second display on the front of the device. This second “cover display,” as Samsung calls it, functions as a 4.58-inch phone interface with a resolution of 840 x 1960 (21:9). It’s also flanked by much larger bezels at the top and bottom compared to the internal display. Although it looks very stocky, Samsung says the device hiding inside the disguise is actually “stunning.”

Samsung is not the only company working on foldable screens. From the looks of it, you might want to invest in some large pockets, but since smartphones have been growing bigger for years, young people have developed the habit of always carrying a phone in their hands already. And to stress that everything old is new again, I've had a foldable phone for about 15 years now. Back in the day, we called them flip phones. Read more about the new foldable phones at the Verge.


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