Samsung has a new foldable phone - and it's not the only one

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Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Development, shows off the Infinity Flex Display of Samsung's folding smartphone.

Since glass is static and inherently inflexible, Samsung developed a new substitute: an advanced composite polymer.

But that's still speculation at this point, and it's worth betting that at least one Samsung phone will be launched in 2019 with a display notch. When folded, such a phone can be used as a small tablet.

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The era of the foldable smartphone is coming. That feat could make the devices more versatile for work and pleasure, by increasing screen space to the size of a mini-tablet and fold like a wallet so they can revert to the size of regular phones.

Further, Burke confirmed that the tech giant is working with a variety of Android device makers on foldable devices, including Samsung, which he says plans to release its first foldable device early next year.

The gadget, which was briefly demonstrated on stage at the fifth annual conference, features a screen on the front of the device like a regular smartphone. Indeed, Microsoft's oft-rumored Surface Phone was expected to offer a foldable display that looked like a tablet when opened up. But as of right now, those enhancements are mostly just guidance for developers to start using already-existing features that are built into Android.

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In an afternoon session at the conference, Samsung revealed some specs for the concept device. Sagar Kamdar, Android director of product management, told The Verge there are different ways to cut down on fragmentation among foldables devices and experiences, but that Google doesn't have anything else to announce. So it ended up showing off the new Infinity Flex Display on a folding screen inside of a box.

"When folded, it looks like phone, fitting in your pocket or purse".

This could be a banner week for foldable phones, with Samsung reportedly set to reveal their own design at their Developer Conference tomorrow.

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While the finer details on One UI are still pretty light, Samsung has explained the interface comes with an emphasis on the bottom portion of the display. The event will be held at San Francisco on November 7 and 8. They officially announced support for a category of Android devices it's chose to call "Foldables".

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