Samsung unveils its new flexible smartphone: how it’s made

Samsung showed a video featuring a new flexible smartphone with a peculiar shape: it opens like a clamshell and extends vertically. How it is made

The Galaxy Fold has recently arrived on the market (in Italy it is not yet available), but Samsung is already working on the next versions of its flexible smartphone. And it showed during the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), the annual conference dedicated to developers that is being held these days, a video that shows a new concept of foldable smartphone.

In comparison to the Galaxy Fold is completely different, both in size and design. The flexible smartphone launched by Samsung in September has a portfolio design: the vertical hinge allows you to fold it on itself, as if you were closing a book. The new concept made by the South Korean company, however, starts from a completely different concept. As you can see from the cover image, it opens and closes like the old Motorola Razr phones. The flexible smartphone develops vertically, while the Galaxy Fold has a horizontal extension. Two completely different devices, but they prove one inapposite fact: Samsung is experimenting to find the best solution for users.

How is Samsung's new foldable smartphone

The South Korean company showed a very few seconds video during the conference dedicated to developers. The clip was used to launch the new OneUI 2.0, Samsung's smartphone user interface, and demonstrate that it can adapt to any type of screen and form factor, even foldable devices never seen on the market so far.

Samsung has not leaked any information about the new flexible smartphone. Its real name, features and most importantly whether it will ever be made or launched on the market are unknown. It could very well be a rendering used only for the launch of the new user interface. The only thing for sure is that it has made a lot of buzz and experts are questioning whether it makes sense to launch a foldable smartphone with this shape and design.

The problems of flexible smartphones

Hailed as "the next big things" in the tech world, flexible smartphones are running into several construction issues. Samsung has had to postpone the release of the Galaxy Fold by a few months due to complications that arose with the screen and hinge, while Huawei has yet to launch the Mate X, also initially expected for spring-summer 2019. Before we see a mature market ready to welcome these devices, we will have to wait a little longer.