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Innosaem Concept Smartphone is a Foldable and Stretchable Device, That Turns Into a Tablet

By Radu Iorga

We’ve all heard about foldable phones and seen quite a few, either in patents or renders, but today we came across a concept that involves an unusual format. It’s called Innosaem and comes from the Korean company under the same name.

This time we’re dealing with a device that’s able to turn from phone to tablet and laptop even. The video concept is kind of barebones and simple and the presentation is amateur-ish, at the level of a basic PowerPoint, but let’s pretend it’s not. Innosaem claims that it already has a patent for this type of device and things are in motion.

The idea is to get a larger screen when unfolded and make it even larger by pulling on the sides and stretching out the device. The foldable-stretchable mechanism is expected to increase the size of the machine quite a bit. When folded, it all works out in a 5 inch smartphone format. When unfolded, the device becomes a 6.5 incher and when stretched it even reaches 8.9 inches.

We also see a “laptop” format for the concept, with one screen used as the keyboard and the other as the real display. An unusual aspect here is that the Innosaem phone is both in folding and out folding, which is something that Samsung and Huawei haven’t yet figured out. Before totally dismissing this project, remember that Royole FlexPai came out of nowhere and was amazing back in November 2018.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Lineup Ready to Include 8 inch G-Type and 13 inch S-Type Foldables

By Radu Iorga

Samsung is apparently getting ready to release even more foldable devices, as it’s prepping an 8 inch and 13 inch tablet, that expand from a smartphone. Samsung did run into some trouble over the past week, as the Galaxy Fold models that reached reviewers had some malfunctions.

The launch of the device in China was postponed and the US one doesn’t seem set in stone. Now, if all goes well generation 2.0 and 3.0 are prepared to get into production. Sources say that Samsung’s biggest achievement is using a polymer substrate that makes the Galaxy Fold screen 50% thinner than on other phones.

The Galaxy Fold series is ready to grow to 8 inches on the G-Type model, that folds like the letter “G” in two sections. Then there’s the 13 incher S-Type, that folds like the squished letter “S”. A dual foldable was only seen when Xiaomi showcased one earlier this year via teasers. It was rather smaller and nowhere near a tablet. There are already Samsung patents showing us potential ways of unfolding a device, in two or three sections.

Samsung did file those all around the globe and the image above comes from one such patent. Things are moving forward for sure, but hopefully by fixing the problems of the hinge, panel, folds and bumps.

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Several Tech Journalists Are Having Problems With the Samsung Galaxy Fold Screen; Here’s a Rundown

By Radu Iorga

With the Samsung Galaxy Fold launch approaching, it seems logical that Samsung would send out review units to tech bloggers and YouTubers and that’s exactly what they did. The problem is that they ran into some issues with the device’s screen, major ones too. We recap them all below.

Turns out that Marques Brownlee, people from The Verge, Bloomberg and CNBC all had problems with the device. First of all The Verge registered a bump on the crease of the Galaxy Fold review unit, like a bulge. It feels like something weird is pressing against the screen at the hinge, right in the crease. The bulge pressed sharply into the screen and broke it.

There are typical broken OLED signs happening. The problem is that the editor didn’t do anything weird or nasty to the phone, just regular tests.

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Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also broke his Galaxy Fold, because he removed the protective layer from the screen and apparently you’re not supposed to do that. It’s written in the manual it seems.

 

Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD claims that he’s going to receive a replacement unit, after starting to peel off the outer layer and seeing the screen “spazzing” and blacking out.

Finally CNBC’s Steve Kovach also has problems, even though he claims he didn’t even touch the protective layer. So it seems that you shouldn’t pick off the polymer layer of the device, that’s the conclusion. Damages do happen even without that apparently, so Samsung needs to look into this before the actual launch. It’s $2000 after all…

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Samsung Galaxy Fold’s Display Crease Looks Ugly in New hands on Video

By Radu Iorga

Samsung Galaxy Fold was announced with the Galaxy S10 last month and ever since then it’s been seen as the “the less sexy mainstream foldable phone”, when compared to the Huawei Mate X at least. Today there’s one more reason to skip this model, as shown in the video below.

The device wasn’t given too much press time and hands on time during the debut, so this make it a rare appearance in an online hands on video. The product appears to have a pretty ugly display crease at the top side of the screen, going right through the middle. We can only hope it’s a prototype, since such a thing wouldn’t cut it on a $2000 product.

The device is shown transforming from tablet to phone and viceversa and we seem to be dealing with the AT&T version here. It should be in stores sometime in the next 3 months or so and it brings a 7.3 inch QXGA+ tablet format screen and a 4.6 inch HD+ display when folded. In the video we can also see the bulky and protruding hinge and One UI in action.

The phone part looks a bit too narrow to be useful in 2019. Hopefully the crease will be gone by launch time, otherwise Galaxy Fold is DOA.

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Oppo Folding Phone With Pop Up Camera Rendered, Looks Legit

By Radu Iorga

Oppo has been quietly innovating a lot in the mobile area over the last few years, with few people noticing that. They’ve come up with the Super VOOC fast charging, they’ve got the 10x hybrid zoom and the Oppo Find X sliding motorized camera. Now they’re prepping to showcase a foldable phone, probably at MWC 2019. Till that happens we have a fresh batch of renders for a newcomer.

We’re dealing with something we haven’t seen from other companies: a foldable phone with a pop up camera. The renders were created by Letsgodigital.org and follow a series of leaked info and details. Turns out that last Fall, Chuck Wang, Oppo product manager announced during a meeting with European journalists that Oppo was also working on a foldable phone.

Sources say that the device will be ready in the second half of 2019. We don’t have any hints about the design, except for the various patents that Oppo applied for. They even took a clamshell into account. Then they registered a few classical tablet format devices, that turn into phones. The design you see here is inspired by a patent registered in December 2018.

 

It shows an almost full screen design, with extra room gained because the cameras were moved in a pop up mechanism at the top. The 3D renders show a wider than usual tablet, certainly wider than the Huawei Mate X and Galaxy Fold. We also see the device folded, being a bit thicker than those other models. The back side is rather unusual, as it seems covered with metal.

There’s a special back side cutout for the sliding part with the cameras, actually two sliding parts, so it has enough room to slide in even when folded. It would require a lot of engineering innovation to pull all of this off, but Oppo has been known to take a risk or two.

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