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New Samsung Foldable Phone Anticipated by Fresh Patent; Wider Clamshell Proposed

By Radu Iorga

Last week was all about Samsung’s new foldable device, teased via a showcasing of its screen panel. Today we uncover a new patent for a future foldable, also from Samsung. Unveiled by Patently Mobile, this new approach seems to go past the Infinity Flex Display.

Samsung was criticized for showcasing a bulky demo device, so it may be looking into slimmer formats. The device shown here is not very skinny either and it seems to have a pretty small hinge. This is very likely sized like the Galaxy F, meaning it has a large 7.3 inch screen when unfolded and two 4.5 inch screens offered separately when folded. 5G services should turn this into a platform for consuming content on the go.

The US Patent Office has published these sketches, so they’re as legit as they get. We see an audio jack, charging port, speakers and the hinge expanding and contracting. This product is meant to serve more purposes than one: e-reader, laptop replacement, phone, video game console and PDA. It’s also a media player of course and a camera. I look forward to learning which parts are flexible here and whether or not the battery and motherboard have foldable parts too.

 

Samsung filed for this patent in April 2018 and it was only published in USA over the past days. Seeing how Huawei is the main patent achiever over the past half a decade, I’m pretty sure they have their own foldable coming and perhaps even a lawsuit or two against copycats. Samsung may resort to the same tricks.

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Samsung’s dual-screen folding phone is very strange and probably doomed

By Devin Coldewey

Let me just say that I love the idea of a folding phone/tablet device. I was a Courier fanboy when Microsoft floated that intriguing but abortive concept device, and I’m all for unique form factors and things that bend. But Samsung’s first real shot at a folding device is inexplicable and probably dead on arrival. I’d like to congratulate the company for trying something new, but this one needed a little more time in the oven.

I haven’t used it, of course, so this is just my uninformed opinion (provided for your edification). But this device is really weird, and not in a good way. It’s a really thick phone with big bezels around an small screen that opens up into a small tablet. No one wants that!

Think about it. Why do you want a big screen?

If it’s for media, like most people, consider that nearly all that media is widescreen now, either horizontal (YouTube and Netflix) or vertical (Instagram and Facebook). You can switch between these views at will extremely easily. Now consider that because of basic geometry, the “big” screen inside this device will likely not be able to show that media much, if any, larger than the screen on the front!

(Well, in this device’s case, maybe a little, but only because that front display’s bezel really is huge. Why do you think they turned the lights off? Look where the notification bar is!)

It’s like putting two of the tall screens next to each other. You end up with one twice as wide, but that’s pretty much what you get if you put the phone on its side. All you gain with the big screen is a whole lot of letterboxing or windowboxing. Oh, and probably about three quarters of an inch of thickness and half a pound of weight. This thing is going to be a beast.

Power users may also want a big screen for productivity: email and document handling and such is great on a big device like a Galaxy Note. Here then is opportunity for a folding tablet to excel (so to speak). You can just plain fit more words and charts and controls on there. Great! But if the phone is geared towards power users, why even have the small screen on the front anyway if any time that user wants to engage with the phone they will “open” it up? For quick responses or dismissing notifications, maybe, but who would really want that? That experience will always be inferior to the one the entire device is designed around.

I would welcome a phone that was only a book-style big internal screen, and I don’t think it would be a bother to flip it open when you want to use it. Lots of people with giant phones keep book-like covers on their devices anyway! It would be great to be able to use those square inches for the display rather than credit card slots or something.

 

The Courier had tons of great ideas on how to use two screens.

There are also creative ways to use the screen: left and right halves are different apps; top half is compose and bottom is keyboard; left half is inbox and right half is content; top half is media and bottom is controls and comments. Those sprang to mind faster than I could type them.

On the other hand, I can’t think of any way that a “front” display could meaningfully interact with or enhance a secondary (or is it primary?) display that will never be simultaneously visible. Presumably you’ll use one or the other at any given time, meaning you literally can’t engage the entire capability of the device.

You know what would be cool? A device like this that also used the bezel display we’ve seen on existing Galaxy devices. How cool would it be to have your phone closed like a book, but with an always-on notification strip (or two!) on the lip, telling you battery, messages, and so on? And maybe if you tapped one the device would automatically pop open physically! That would be amazing! And Samsung is absolutely the company that I’d say would make it.

Instead, they made this thing.

It’s disappointing to me not just because I don’t like the device as they’ve designed it, but because I think the inevitable failure of the phone will cool industry ambition regarding unique devices like it. That’s wrong, though! People want cool new things. But they also want them to make sense.

I’m looking forward to how this technology plays out, and I fully expect to own a folding phone some time in the next few years. But this first device seems to me like a major misstep and one that will set back that flexible future rather than advance it.

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Samsung teases mythical smartphone with foldable display

By Ron Amadeo

Samsung teases mythical smartphone with foldable display

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After years of rumors, it looks like Samsung is finally going to show the world its first smartphone with a foldable display. Over the weekend, Samsung Mobile changed its Facebook profile picture to the above picture which shows the Samsung logo folded over itself.

Despite a folding phone from Samsung being rumored every year since 2013—including a Samsung-produced concept video in 2014— it seems like foldable phones are finally ready to become a reality. Earlier this month, a company called “Royole” announced the FlexPai smartphone for $1,300, which it called “the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone with a flexible display.” It looks like a real clunker, but these first-generation devices are usually the first step toward a viable screen device.

The promise of a foldable display is compelling. You fold the phone up when it’s in your pocket or purse for a compact device, and then when it’s time to do some real work, you can open the phone for a much bigger display. Phones with the display on the outside could have something like a traditional smartphone form factor when closed, which could open up into a tablet-like form factor. The biggest problem with bringing these devices to market usually revolves around the screen durability. Folding an OLED display puts it under stress and will eventually damage it. The Royole can supposedly withstand 200,000 folds without damage, but even that’s with a design that doesn’t fold fully closed. Royole is cheating a bit by giving the display a very wide hinge to bend around, which puts the display under less stress.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phone Open Fold Format Detailed

By James A.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leaked over the past 24 hours, but it wasn’t alone. The Galaxy F foldable phone also leaked, which makes sense, considering we’re expecting it to come up in a week and a bit during a special event. Let’s see what’s new.

It would appear the the device will be teased early next month at Samsung’s developer conference, according to Bloomberg. Sadly, the phone itself won’t be shown, but just teased. DJ Koh will be joined on the stage by engineers who will detail a conceptual image of the phone, plus the UI and features. The foldable newcomer is codenamed Winner and it has been in the works for years.

Samsung had to choose between two prototypes, including a longer horizontal model when unfolded and a longer vertical one when unfolded. Both devices open from side to side, but the landscape version hasn’t been chosen because designers feel that the portrait unit is easier to hold with a single hand. The sacrifice is that the display may feel narrower when opened.

Once opened the product reveals a 4 inch display on the outside, which lets you access a variety of features. The product opens “with a snap” like the Motorola RAZR of old, but also with a “smoother feel”. The display is coated with a film that makes it feel a tad plasticky and less glossy than expected. There’s also no fingerprint scanner within the screen this time.

At least there’s good news: it passed internal tests of folding over 200.000 times, but the screen is still pretty hard to manufacture. When it does crack it’s said to shatter like dried paper. The protective film will solve that issue. The prototype weighs over 200 grams, so it’s clearly a large machine. I have to say I’m having mixed feelings about the device…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active Updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, With November 2018 Patch

By James A.

Samsung is moving pretty fast with tablet software updates these days, as the Galaxy Tab 2 Active has just been updated. The device got its taste of Android 8.1 Oreo in Italy, together with the yet unannounced November 2018 security patch. Let’s see what’s new.

Keep in mind this isn’t 100% a premiere, since the Galaxy J7 Prime received the new patch earlier in the week. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active Oreo runs on Android 8.1 now and it received the software version T395XXU3BRJ5. There should be an updated Samsung Keyboard app here, with new high contrast themes and also new emojis. Dual Messenger is also here, picture in picture too, as well as improved App Shortcuts for the home screen and app drawer.

There are also smaller changes within the OS, which aren’t worth mentioning. It could take days or weeks for the update to reach more countries. People in Italy are surely able to perform the download right now, goign tot he Settings app and the Software Update menu. Interestingly, only the 4G model seems to be getting it, not the WiFi only one. Just in case the device doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s an 8 incher with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, an Exynos 7870 CPU, 16 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM.

It’s of course focused on the rugged case, takes water dunks and also has stereo speakers and military standard certifications.

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