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Samsung's bendable smartphone reportedly breaks if folded completely

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Jan 9, 2019
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  1. Samsung engineers have been working for years on a foldable smartphone concept, developing cutting-edge technologies like the Infinity Flex Display and ironing out the multitude of kinks associated with bending electronics.

    According to one report out of CES, there’s still additional work to be done.

    The Korean Herald reports that Samsung is showcasing the foldable phone prototype to select clients behind closed doors. One high-level executive told the publication that when unfolded, the phone does not show any crease indicating it has been bent, adding that the device’s screen felt smooth to the touch.

    “However, completely folding the device will lead to breakage,” the executive said.

    As such, Samsung is testing methods that will keep the sides slightly lifted when folded.

    The executive said the prototype they were shown does leave a crease mark when being folded but noted that the issue will be fixed in the final consumer version.

    Samsung publicly demonstrated its Infinity Flex Display for the first time last November although it did so under the guise of very dim lights and an external chassis to hide the elements of the design.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +894

    I rest my case...
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,377   +3,772

    ROFLMAO ...... you have got to be kidding? What genius in marketing let that one get out?!?!?! So if you bend it too far does it just break, or explode????
  4. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 217   +155

    Definitely will watch this story to see how it unfolds. (ba-dum-tee!)
  5. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 165   +119

    Well, that's dumb lol. Samsung marketing - you're dumb.
  6. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 381   +406

    Try and use it outdoors in freezing weather. It very likely won't even survive getting close to folding without severe cracking. Heating the display, an obvious solution, will only drain the battery and won't help in the long run.
  7. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Addict Posts: 135   +114

    Not surprising, all the renders from months ago showed it had an opening when "closed", all the 1st gen buyers of this will be beta testers really.
  8. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 186   +167

    I'm REALLY curious to see if the consumer market will jump on this idea.

    Reminds me of the 3D TVs that are all but extinct.

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