Samsung Demos Folding-Screen Cell Phone

Samsung Demos Folding-Screen Cell Phone

A Samsung concept cell phone was shown off at Japan's Flat Panel Display show recently. Shown in a video (below), it looks oddly square, and if you didn't know it was a cell phone, you might think it a portable media player.

Watch the video, though, and you see the secret: the screen folds in half, revealing a cell phone with a more typical appearance, including a smaller screen.

The folding was even done while the device was on and the screen active. Hard to tell, but it looks like a touch screen with the typical call and hang up keys. Windows Mobile? Probably.

Something like this could create a way for OEMs to expand screen real estate still further than even a touch screen device (iPhone) or one with a slider keyboard (G1) can allow.

On the one hand, we hate going through multiple actions to use my cell phone. That's one reason I eschew slider keyboards of any type (though we tried them, before realizing we hated them). Of course, perhaps the larger unfolded screen could be used for web browsing or viewing media.

Watch the video:
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What's to dislike about an enormous screen on a cellphone? I've been waiting for this ever since I saw the latest incarnation of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now we can have fold open OLED books that look just as awesome as the one in the movie. Go Samsung!

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This is one of those techs that always seem just right around the corner, but never there.

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True that Bob..

I would see a good use of it though.. People taking the subs/metros and watching the newest episode of their favorite tv show. in a big enough size screen.. Right from you cellphone. what's next?

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>what's next?

A "phone" bill that's even more outrageous than your cable bill. Oops, wait, many people are already there.

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Pretty sweet concept...not sure I'd buy one, but it's cool to see the innovation.

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Innovative idea Samsung Yes

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