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Tech & Science Folding glass: the future of flexible smartphone displays

17:50  12 february  2020
17:50  12 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February

  Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February image 1 Samsung's clamshell folding smartphone - its second in the Galaxy Fold range - is rumoured to be getting a release date before the Galaxy S11. The latest report claims that the second Fold will share an unveiling with the Galaxy S11 series, but will be made immediately available after announcement in Korea. We're hesitant to call this phone the Galaxy Fold 2, primarily because its form factor is so different to the first Galaxy Fold.

Since 2019, Samsung been on a mission to become the market leader in the folding phone industry by launching the Galaxy Fold and now the Z Flip. Though the company isn't the first to release a device with a flexible display , they are the first to introduce one made of glass .

Flexible displays are yet to fully realise their potential in our mobile devices, but one We've already seen flexible displays in a handful of products, with the likes of the LG G Flex and Samsung Gear Fit dabbling with the bendable form factor, but you can't fold them in half or wrap them round your arm.

a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the first device on the market with a folding display made of glass. © Courtesy of Samsung Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the first device on the market with a folding display made of glass.

Since 2019, Samsung been on a mission to become the market leader in the folding phone industry by launching the Galaxy Fold and now the Z Flip. Though the company isn't the first to release a device with a flexible display, they are the first to introduce one made of glass.

Though Samsung announced a series of new smartphones and technologies yesterday at their annual Unpacked event, the star of the show was without a doubt the new Galaxy Z Flip. The device has garnered a lot of attention because of its new form factor. What's more, the world wants to see how it compares with the infamous Galaxy Fold, the company's first flexible device which faced a myriad of criticisms due to its delicate and frail design.

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Through the use of flexible screen technology, flexible batteries, and new ways of using Samsung has been working on a foldable smartphone for years, so when the Galaxy Fold was finally It’s not much of a stretch to imagine a folding Pixel phone in the future . However, given we’re still waiting No, it wasn’t all that good, and the two separate displays hinged together didn’t look as futuristic as

Foldable OLED displays are exciting - as these displays will enable new device form factors - such as phones that open into tablets, smart bands that open into Why flexible displays and lighting panels are so exciting. What kind of flexible displays are currently on the market. What the future holds for

Likely in response to these criticisms, notably regarding the fragility of the Fold's laminate display, Samsung swapped the material used to create the Z Flip's screen with glass, a first for the industry.


According to the company, the folding display is made from "Samsung Ultra Thin Glass" that "sets you up for an epic view with a smooth, flat screen." Unlike that of the Fold, users won't be able to accidently peel off parts of the screen as easily.

Not only should this bending glass make the device sturdier, it should make it feel sturdier, too. Glass is less likely to crease and be scratched by materials as basic as a fingernail. Allegedly, this glass will survive for 200,000 folds, but the accuracy of that statement will be determined once customers start putting the device to use.

The Galaxy Z Flip is set to go on sale this Friday, February 14, for $1,380.

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Plunge in smartphone shipments: report .
Smartphone shipments took an historic plunge last month as the novel coronavirus disrupted supply and demand, industry tracker Strategy Analytics said on Friday. Global smartphone shipments dropped to 61.8 million in February, a 38 percent drop from the same month a year earlier."February 2020 saw the biggest fall ever in the history of the worldwide smartphone market," said Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston. "It is a period the smartphone industry will want to forget."Smartphone supply and demand plummeted in China and across Asia, and slowed in the rest of the world, Mawston added.

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