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Samsung and Google reveal new Android phone that can unfold to become a 7.3-inch tablet

Thursday 08/November/2018 - 08:59 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Yara Sameh
Samsung reveals new foldable Android prototype that can tranform from a phone into 7.3-inch tablet

Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its futuristic folding phone، daily mail reported.

The Korean tech giant unveiled a prototype version of the device today at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco، which it says is due to arrive in the 'coming months.'

It boasts an Infinity Flex Display، which enables it to transform into a phone or a tablet when it's opened and closed.

There's a small screen on the outside of the phone and another، larger display that reveals itself once the device is unfolded.

Samsung says the 7.3-inch screen can be folded 'hundreds of thousands of times' thanks to the display's thinness and flexibility.

'Users now have the best of both worlds: a compact smartphone that unfolds to reveal a larger immersive display for multitasking and viewing content،' Samsung explained.

'The app experience seamlessly transitions from the smaller display to the larger display as the device unfolds.

'In addition، users can browse، watch، connect and multitask without losing a beat، simultaneously using three active apps on the larger display،' the firm added.

However، the firm didn't reveal too many details about the device، hoping to keep the design safe from competitors.

'There's a device inside here،' Justin Denison، Samsung's senior vice president of mobile product marketing، said on stage. 'And it is stunning.'

The screen has a protective layer، giving it the same finish as a photograph، that's both flexible and tough.

'For this display to be foldable، it had to be thinner than any other display we've ever made،' Justin Denison، Samsung's senior vice president of mobile product marketing، said on stage.

The display is 45 percent thinner than Samsung's other smartphone models.

On top of that، Samsung says it has some other high-tech screen technology up its sleeve.

It's also working on rollable and stretchable displays - though it's unclear when these will come to fruition.

When users open the phone، their apps move seamlessly from the outside of the device to the interior screen.

Users can have up to three apps running at once on the tablet-sized screen، which Samsung calls its 'Multi-active window' feature.

'Apps you were using when the device was closed are right there waiting for you when its open،' Denison said.

It's likely that this device won't be hitting the shelves any time soon، as Samsung hasn't yet given it a name، price tag or release date.

That said، Denison said Samsung expects to begin mass production of the device 'in the coming months.'

As part of the launch، Android also unveiled a new software format specifically modified for 'foldables.'

Android will now support devices that are half-phone، half-tablet with a high-tech، wraparound screen.

'It's an exciting concept and we expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers،' Dave Burke، vice president of engineering for Android، told a Google conference on Wednesday.

'In fact، we're already working closely with Samsung on a new device they plan to launch early next year،' Burke said.

The announcement was made Wednesday at Google's developer conference، Android Dev Summit، in Mountain View، California.

Making matters slightly awkward، the move was announced as Samsung hosted its own developer conference in San Francisco.

Google is partnering with Samsung to develop software for foldables.

VP of engineering Dave Burke said Google is 'enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary.'

In teasing the software capabilities، it also revealed that Samsung's foldable phone would be launching next year.

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