A few years after the occasional information suggesting that Samsung is thinking about the topic and developing the necessary technologies, it turns out that the era of the phone with flexible screens is ahead of us. Although many doubted that this technology will be found with customers in due course, and even joked with it, it seems that this year finally will come to a point where such phones will become available to users.
The recent announcement of Unpacked events in San Francisco, where the main star will undoubtedly be the Galaxy S10 line of mobile phones, also contained a message that it will also talk about the phone with a flip-flipping screen. The invitation has a clear horizontal switching line. Will this mean that the coming Galaxy S10 phones are actually the latest top models of the company that use traditional design, with a fixed display and size?
In a recently published editorial, Vice President Samsunga and Head of Visual R & D team Hark-Sang Kim said that the development of the new phone model required to resolve the contradiction between screen size and portability, which has become the focus of the company’s efforts in the field of innovation.
“Despite current trends, we are still living in a world where the screen size of a smartphone is limited by the size of the device itself,” wrote Kim.
In the past, it was said that the notch at the top of the screen is only one step in the tendency to create phones that will allow the screens to spread across the entire front surface. Therefore, many analysts, but also users, think that we have more or less come to the end of what can be done with the current form of the phone when it comes to design, and that the shifts are getting smaller from generation to generation. It is therefore logical that Samsung has decided to remove barriers to new formats a few years ago by creating a flexible phone.
Infinity Flex Display was first announced at the SDC 2018 event and marked the beginning of a new chapter when Samsung was concerned. Prototypes of flip-flops appear since the CES 2011 fair. It took seven years for technology to mature and Samsung decided to present a final product based on that technology.
“We expect a lot of changes when it comes to the form of smartphones in the coming years. From the models that can go to those that can stretch, because none of this is no longer unattainable. Samsung is ready to lead this future and create a meaningful user experience that will help them do even more of what they like, “Kim added.
One of the biggest problems in design is the dilemma of how the phone should bend. Some methods are more natural, some more effective, and Samsung and other manufacturers have experimented for some time to see what could be a winning combination. Together with the screen, big problems arose in the field of refrigeration systems, batteries, cameras, whose concept should be re-designed also, even when positioning them inside the phone.
Also, there is a big question about the user system and general experience. It can vary dramatically depending on the features of the device, its size, bending mode, and the like. Of course, the whole concept has yet to be shown and proven. Samsung claims that its phone can withstand hundreds of thousands of bending, but it should always have a certain amount of healthy reserves for the first generation of a technology that is entering the market. If the efforts of Samsun’s R & D department are fruitful, the company is likely to be the true innovator of the market in the years and decades to come. On February 20 we will know more.