Samsung Electronics unveiled it’s first ever and highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy F foldable smartphone at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) 2018 that took place between November 7 and 8 at San Francisco. Clad in a candy bar-like form factor that actually acts as it’s phone cover and a buffer that protects the various design elements and components that would be available once the smartphone is ready for mass production in few months.
So what do we know about the Samsung Galaxy F yet? Well, Samsung unveiled the first-ever Infinity Flex Display that will control the large phone. The South Korean giant has stated that the Galaxy F smartphone will have Samsung’s UI bundled with the Google Android operating system which Google has been developing for a long time now. So, we don’t know about the date of sale, cost or even what exactly it will be called and since it has been speculated to be called ‘Galaxy F’, thus, we have opted for this moniker for the prototype for now.
About the phone, it features a standard high-definition display when the phone is folded but things began to look more enticing when you open the phone like a book that reveals a 7.3-inch display (probably an AMOLED) which makes it to the league of largest phone screens ever. Samsung has introduced a feature that allows it to handle three apps side by side which is an amped up version of two side by side apps in Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung claims that the device can be folded thousands of times and it is also exploring the prospects of roll and stretch although it wasn’t reflected with the Galaxy F unveiled at the SDC 2018.
As of now, Samsung will release a simulator that would enable developers to write and test apps that would run on foldable screens. Also, Google is working on an Android operating system that will work with the dynamics of a first-ever foldable phone in mass production sometime in the second quarter of 2018 although the exact date remains a question. Samsung will also unveil One UI which is an interface that provides users with larger phone screens to operate it using just a thumb which is kind of a necessity since phone screens are elongating and it won’t be too long before the screens are too big that you necessarily would have to actually use two hands to workaround.
Samsung plans to release the Interface in South Korea, US, and Germany and it will be rolled out officially with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 in January. Speaking about the foldable phones, Samsung ain’t the first one although it could be a commercially available and hit product. Last year, ZTE rolled out a foldable phone that went flop when tested with reviewers. Similarly, Huawei and Xiaomi are working on their foldable phones that could roll out early next year.
The South Korean giant has been working on a foldable phone for years and it would be great to see how it actually materializes once the company is ready for its official launch and sales.
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