Samsung's first folding smartphone will not have one but two folding screens. The first is called Cover Display and is intended to display notification messages and help access basic mobile features. The second, wider screen opens to provide around a compact tablet surface.
It is expected that by 2019, the Samsung Infinity Flex can be one of the most impressive smartphone products since the iPhone debut so far. Of course, we have heard of two-screen telephones, but this time, the benefits we offer can be far more real and valued.
By overtaking major changes for application developers, new smartphones can provide a very different user experience than what we have used as Android or iOS users so far. For now, Samsung keeps the final design secret and we can only speculate about how the two screens are used.
From sources close to South Korean companies, we found several technical specifications. Samsung Infinity Flex has a 4.58 inch Screen Cover outside the case. This is an OLED 21: 9 OLED ratio and a resolution of 840×1960 pixels, corresponding to a density of 420 ppi.
Hidden inside when the cellphone is closed, the Main Screen glides vertically and appears as a 7.3-inch screen with a non-standard aspect ratio of 4.2: 3. 1536×2152 pixel resolution according to the same density of 420ppi, OLED panels that offer similar image quality with the one installed outside the cellphone case. Thus, Samsung does not make a difference between the two screens, whatever might be the main role, depending on what we are doing at that time.
Although it is possible, there is no reason why both screens must be active simultaneously, so that the Android interface will only move from one side of the phone to the other, thereby reducing battery consumption.
The Cover screen can be used for fast interactions, such as receiving calls, checking alert alerts, video calls, and text messages. The Home screen can be a better choice for browsing the web, viewing albums with pictures, movies, and access to social networks. Any application that opens on the Home Screen can be resized and moved directly to the Cover Screen, depending on how we want to use the phone.
Android 9.0 Pie will include all necessary changes to the OS, but it may take some time for application developers to appear. Those who want to be unprepared can work with the new flicker software emulator provided by Google.
If we expect Samsung and Android developers, two-screen smartphone products, whether folded or not, will be a common occurrence in the not too distant future. It remains to be seen whether users intended for this device will be equally happy with the changes they have made.