After months - even years - of rumours, the wait is finally over. At an event in California yesterday, Samsung unveiled its first foldable phone. The lights were dimmed as Justin Denison, Senior Vice President of mobile product marketing, told an expectant crowd: “There’s a device in here, and it looks stunning.” He then revealed the phone and folded it out to its full size, earning a well deserved round of applause.
Yes folks, the foldable phone is finally here and from what we’ve seen under those dimmed lights, it looks like an incredible piece of kit. You want details? Here’s all we know…
A display that flexes
The new foldable phone will have what Samsung has dubbed an ‘Infinity Flex Display’. When unfolded, it’s 7.3-inches. So it’ll resemble a tablet rather than a smartphone. When the phone’s closed, a ‘cover display’ on the other side of the handset becomes a 4.58-inch screen.
What else do we know about it?
During the presentation, Samsung showed off a slide with the specifications of the two different sized panels. The unfolded 7.3-inch display will have a resolution of 2152 x 1536 pixels, putting it firmly in the Full HD display category – we’d expect no less from Samsung, a company famous for producing stunning smartphone displays. The 4.58-inch cover display, meanwhile, will have a resolution of 1960 x 840 pixels.
We can’t talk about the foldable phone’s other specifications and design in much detail because Samsung was very careful to keep it all under wraps. In fact, the phone was carefully placed in a case to stop any over-eager conference guests getting a feel of it. Samsung did say that the display is thinner than its earlier phones, and that the folded phone will fit comfortably inside a pocket or purse. From the glimpse we got of it, the phone lies flat when closed but is quite thick. Perhaps the final version will be slimmed down even more.
Another exciting snippet that Samsung revealed was that the phone would be able to run three apps onscreen at the same time. Screens split into just two parts? Forget about them. This is going to be multi-tasking taken to the next level.
I want one. When can I get it?
Samsung said that the foldable phone’s Infinity Flex Display is "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow", and that it’ll start being produced in the coming months. So it looks like you’ll have to be a little patient if you want one. Meanwhile, other manufacturers are getting busy with their own foldable phone plans – Huawei has said that it plans to launch a foldable 5G smartphone in mid-2019.
We’ll update you with more information as and when we get it, so keep checking out the Lowdown for your foldable fix.