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Samsung's folding phone is real and folded into a tablet

Angela Lang / CNETSamsung on Wednesday gave the first glimpse of its upcoming folding phone and said it will be…

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Samsung on Wednesday gave the first glimpse of its upcoming folding phone and said it will be mass-produced “in the coming months.”

Justin Denison, Samsung Vice President of Mobile Marketing, is a tablet when it’s fully open and then a phone when it’s closed. It uses a new display technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you open and close the device over and over again without deterioration.

“Infinity Flex Display represents a brand new mobile platform,” says Denison. “We’ve lived in a world where the size of your screen can only be as great as the device itself. We’ve added a new dimension to help you browse, watch and multitask like never before.”

The folding phone can run up to three apps at once, something that Samsung calls Multi Active Window. A Google executive who took the stage after Denison said that Android will support the new collapsible imaging technology.

Samsung made the announcements at its fifth annual developer conference, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco. The event, starting small at a San Francisco hotel, in 201

6 expanded to Moscone Center West, where Apple previously held its development conference. Last year 5000 people participated in the SDC.

 samsung-developer-conference-9709 [19659009] samsung developer conference-9709 [19659010] Samsung’s new foldable phone will be mass-produced “in the next few months.”


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SDC reflects Samsung’s great push to make developers make software specific to their devices. Previously, apps working on the edge of Samsung’s bent smartphone were showing or using their S Pen stylus. This year, the focus has shifted to Bixby and artificial intelligence.

Samsung has chased the Holy Grail on a collapsible phone because it plagued a wide CES 2013 by displaying a flexible OLED display. The device is on a hard time for the mobile market. Apple and Samsung’s mobile phone sales slow down and the global smartphone market is said to be “in recession”. Folding phones can mark the next major innovation in mobile devices – as long as they’re not so gimmicky .

D. J. Koh, CEO of Samsung’s mobile company, told CNET in an October interview that you will be able to use the device as a tablet with multitasking capabilities before you can put it in a more portable phone. He once again stressed that the folding phone would not be a “gimmick product” that would “disappear after six to nine months after it was delivered.”

“When we deliver a folding phone, it must be very meaningful to our customer,” Koh said last month.

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