2019 could boast that it is the year of mobile phones wraps. It takes years of work to refine the technology that allows you to fold a screen a smartphone As if it were a sheet of paper, but three of the world's largest mobile phone manufacturers, Samsung, Huawei and LG seem to be eager to launch models of this type next year. Who seems to be more advanced is Samsung, which on Wednesday showed, though without much detail, an original of the future Galaxy Folding. The company explained at the annual San Francisco programmer's conference that it has developed a screen technology called the Infinity Flex Display, which will incorporate the terminal.
The device he taught had a conventional 5 inch screen, but when he opens like a book he has a touch of 7.3 inches like a tablet. This monitor, according to Samsung, will allow up to three apps to be displayed at the same time, and will remember the application that the user was using on the small screen to expand when deploying the large screen. The first collapsing galaxy is expected to reach the market in the first part of 2019 as the company said it planned to start producing the monitors in a few months.
"It's a thrilling idea and we hope to see product folding by various Android manufacturers. In fact, we are already working closely with Samsung on a new device that plans to launch early next year," said Dave Burke, vice president, Engineering for Android at another Google event on Wednesday.
But Samsung is not alone in this battle. Huawei Consumer Affairs CEO Richard Yu also assured German newspaper Die Welt last September that his company is working on a mobile phone with a collapsible screen. The executive asked himself why people still use laptops and replied: "Probably because his screens smartphones the current is too small. We will change this, with displays unfolding, "he said. Yu then assured the aforementioned means that the terminal would be ready within a year.
In the case of Samsung, it appears that the company has been testing the concept of a collapsible mobile phone for about five years, according to the BBC, which says the South Korean company's goal was to go to Huawei in this fight and start the first smartphone of this type. However, to the surprise of both, it was a little-known company that has overtaken both of them.
The start Royole Corporation, based in California, presented its own folding phone last week in Beijing. The open terminal has a 7.8 inch screen, but it can be folded in half. The company said it would put the device on sale next December with a starting price of 1,150 euros. The CEO of the company said they had invested more than six years in developing this versatile screen "that is very thin, lightweight and durable". The monitor supports as they explain up to 200,000 bends, which will offer up to five years of use if you fold it 100 times a day, Cnet said.
Other rivals such as Lenovo and LG have also presented cell phone prototypes with folding screens, and if Venturebeat, which is one of the world's largest display makers along with Samsung, plans to unveil its own foldable phone at the next CES in Las Vegas, which will take place from 8 to 11 January. "Industry is very close to folding phones becoming a commercial reality," said analyst Ben Stanton, research firm Canalys.
The question that many people are wondering now is what extra usefulness it will be smartphones foldable Someone seems clear: the power to have a single device that can be used as both mobile and tablet, depending on the use you want to give at any time. But we have to see if this does not result in more voluminous mobiles the taste of the users, who are accustomed to extremely sophisticated equipment.
Without a doubt, the key will also be to see if they exist killer application (defining the application) that contributes most to these terminals and makes them really appealing to the consumer's eyes. Not surprisingly, Samsung has introduced its terminal during the developer conference, it is more than necessary for this team to think about how to get better screens that double their size if manufacturers want to succeed with them. Something, by the way, this would not hurt, as his sales smartphones It dropped 6 percent in the third quarter of this year, to 355.2 million units, and is the fourth consecutive quarter of the fall.
"The goal is to work with the Google and Android Developer community to ensure that apps are working properly with the phone when deployed and to maximize the capabilities of this new format to create an optimized Samsung user experience." We are keen to see what this technology has, "they added. Android has already reported that it inherently supports this type of device with folding screens.