Samsung has finally unveiled details and given a first look at its long-awaited foldable phone to developers at an event in San Francisco. Its new innovative foldable screen has been named the Infinity Flex Display and was built in conjunction with Google.
Samsung Electronics America SVP and general manager Justin Denison revealed that the phone would be capable of running three apps at once. He encouraged Android users to start creating products and apps for the new device.
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Samsung has famously been in a fierce race with its main competitor, Chinese electronics company Huawei, for the last five years to introduce the first foldable phone to the market. However, both companies were beaten to the punch last week when a relatively unknown startup called Royole surprised everyone when it launched the "FlexPai", the first ever foldable phone, at a Beijing event.
Justin Denison at the Samsung Developer Conference 2018. Image courtesy Samsung.
As he demonstrated how the phone transforms into a tablet, Denison commented on how the phone was able to fit "neatly inside" pockets due to progress Samsung has made in thinning phone screens. However, he did not reveal any further details regarding the products final look, branding or price, but stated that Samsung plans to start production of the device within months.
Update: The Korea Times quoted a source which alleged the new foldable phone, which has been named Galaxy X, will cost 2 million Korean Won ($1,775) before taxes, which is more than the iPhone XS Max ($1,429).
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