Chinese start-up Royole claims crown of world’s ‘first foldable phone’

Chinese start-up Royole claims crown of world’s ‘first foldable phone’

Samsung first unveiled a prototype for a foldable phone in 2014, which looks vastly different than the one we saw on Wednesday.

At Samsung's SDC developers' conference in San Francisco this week, the South Korean IT hardware and software giant introduced new-gen developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings analytics platforms and to build mobile apps for its new One UI platform and the ground-breaking Infinity Flex Display.

Analyst Bob O'Donnell with Technalysis Research said while the bendable screen provided a wow factor, shoppers may not like the thickness of the folded phone or its price tag.

Samsung has finally unveiled the long-rumored foldable smartphone.

- “The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience, ” said DJ Koh, president, Samsung Mobile.

One UI's "clean and minimal design keeps the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen - making it more natural and comfortable for one-handed use", said Samsung in a release.

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While in Canada Samsung devices feature Qualcomm processors, in Europe and Asia the handsets use the company's proprietary Exynos chipset.

Not alike: I've previously reported on the foldable smartphone rumor. Royole said it would start filling orders late next month. Google's support for Samsung's foldable phone is key, because it widens support for multiple active Android windows on this type of hybrid device.

There is a confusion on what Samsung will call this phone; some say the Galaxy X and others, the Galaxy F. Whatever the name, it is expected that when spread the device can offer 7.3 inches of real estate and can be folded horizontally; again, a vertically openable model may also be in the works.

Samsung, which makes iPhone OLED displays, will get us even closer if that Infinity-O screen prediction turns out to be accurate.

Samsung is also adding five additional languages to Bixby in the coming months - such as British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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