We’ve been hearing whispers about Samsung’s revolutionary smartphone with a foldable display for years now, but we’ve yet to actually see the phone, or the technology behind the display, in action. That all changed on Wednesday, as the South Korean conglomerate took the stage in San Francisco to show us exactly what it’s been working on. So, are foldable displays the future, or is this just a gimmick with no chance to go mainstream?
To close out its SDC 2018 keynote on Wednesday morning, Samsung announced its brand new Infinity Flex display, which can flip open to offer a tablet-like experience, and fold back up into a phone. We even got a glimpse of a phone, but Samsung clarified that it has hidden many elements of the device’s true design.
Samsung calls the Infinity Flex display “the foundation for the smartphone of tomorrow.” The company had to invent new materials in order to make the display a reality, as well as rethink the design of a smartphone’s display from the ground up. Infinity Flex displays are made up of multiple components, including both a flexible backplane and flexible layer beneath the surface, with a shock-absorbent film and cover window which can be folded repeatedly.