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Specs on Samsung's foldable device

Samsung’s Infinity Flex Display has been in the works for a while now, and yesterday morning the company gave us a glimpse of what’s to come. The device is foldable, transforming from a phone into a tablet and so allowing the user to carry around fewer clunky items. Convenience is a huge highlight here, if you’re the sort of person not to worry about having all your eggs in one basket.

There is still a lot which is unknown, but some key information about the device was revealed. Its pixel density is standard at 420 ppi. Resolution when folded is 840 x 1960, but when unfolded it is 1536 x 2152.

However, more than anything it is the aspect ratios of the new device that have sparked interest, reported on by CNET’s Shara Tibken on twitter.

When folded, the device is very tall at 4.58 inch with an aspect ratio of 21:9, which is not ideal for gaming or video viewing. If a user wants to do these activities they must unfold the device and use the tablet version which has a 4.2:3 aspect ratio and a 7.3 inch screen. So, while the device is versatile in terms of the format it can take, the user does not really have the option of keeping their phone small and more discreet while gaming or video viewing.

The development of this foldable device could well take a lot longer than anticipated, but Samsung and Google are putting a lot into it. Google announced Android support for “foldables” yesterday too in conjunction with Samsung’s reveal. These devices will surely continue to improve and find their feet over time.

There is definitely a gap in how much we know about this phone; Samsung’s reveal was more of a teaser than anything. The actual functionality of the software, plus information like pricing and release date is all missing information. The company has said it plans to go into production in a matter of months, but still there are those who have suggested the development of the phone may take a while longer than that.

We are keeping our eyes peeled for any further updates on what could be a very exciting device.

 

Posted on 08 November 2018