Samsung is set to release a foldable phone with a multi-display and multi-active windows. The Samsung Foldable phone will be known as Galaxy F or X.
The video below is a presentation on the Samsung Foldable phone to the Samsung Developer’s conference last week. It is 35 minutes long so let us give you an overview.
The outside of the phone will have a 4.58” 1960 x 840, 21:9 ‘display’ for notifications and general ‘quick’ use.
Inside is a 7.3” foldable OLED (fOLED), 2152 x 1536, in 4.2:3 format (think Microsoft Surface format). This can is for either a single screen or a half screen with two smaller screens as well.
There are two main issues with all foldable screen smartphones.
First, is the complete lack of standards for foldable screen apps. How do they address the different screens? That was why Samsung was addressing its Developer Conference. It may run Android Pie (Google has already incorporated some of the smarts), but itis going to need a completely new User Interface (One UI) to make foldable screens more than a cute, expensive gimmick.
The next issue is how to power the screen (CPU and GPU) and get enough battery life. Samsung’s 8nmExynos 9820 SoC addresses that. It requires three GPUs make foldables work.
Samsung says the Exynos 9820’s new “tri-cluster”architecture comprises two custom-designed cores, two high-performance ARMCortex-A75 cores, and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. It will deliver a15/20% multi/single-core performance boost, and overall power efficiency is up 40%.
The Mali-G76 MP12 GPU features wider execution engines with double the number of lanes. It supports 10-bit colour screens.