If you’re a sci-fi fan like me, you might have seen HBO’s remake of WestWorld, in which the staff at the park have mobile phones that fold out into a tablet to control the features of the park.
Well, today phone giant Samsung has showcased a foldable smartphone to bring that sci-fi world a bit closer to reality.
Named the Infinity Flex Display, the phone has a tablet-sized screen that can be folded up to fit into a pocket. During its developer conference today, a “disguised” device was revealed, although under dimmed lighting supposed to protect elements of the design.
Justin Denison, SVP of mobile product marketing said:
There’s a device inside here, and it is stunning.
Denison then showed a device that folded out into a tablet and back into a candy bar-like form factor. The device includes a cover display that acts as a phone, and a main 7.3-inch tablet display.
By using something Samsung calls multi active window, up to three apps will be able to run simultaneously. According to Samsung, mass production of the Infinity Flex Display is only a matter of months away, but we have no news when we will see a full production device.
These new foldable devices are running Android, and are to be officially supported by Google, who is said to be working with Samsung for the launch of this phone next year.
Samsung isn’t the only phone maker working on a bendy phone. Huawei is reportedly planning to release a foldable handset next year, Lenovo and Xiaomi have also teased their own prototypes, and LG is also working on flexible OLED displays and TVs that can roll up into a box.
Microsoft is even working on a multiscreen device, which could be a modern take on the old Courier concept which we believe is codenamed Surface Andromeda concept.