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Samsung has been charging toward foldable smartphones for nearly three years, but the future of the company’s foldable ambitions has always been on display at trade shows, all the way back. as of 2008, With three versions of the Galaxy Z Fold (and two smaller Z Flips) under the group’s belt, Samsung’s display division showed up to CES with a plethora of prototypes it thinks the future of foldables will look like. For whatever reason, Samsung produced official practical videos of these devices but isn’t hosting them anywhere but some mirrors on YouTube. Abhijeet Mishra ,1, 2, 3, 4,

These are not from the “Galaxy” division (which would be Samsung Mobile), and are not fully featured devices. But Samsung Display’s technology has been a driving enabler behind the Galaxy Fold line of devices. Now, the display division wants to tackle an even larger and more complex form factor.

Tri-fold “Flex S” and “Flex G” concepts

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If One Fold works on the Galaxy Z Fold, then surely Two Fold will be even better. The first concept, the “Flex S”, folds into an “S” shape (it’s more like a “Z” but the “S” has better Samsung branding synergy). This gives you a visible front display when the device is closed and a wide aspect ratio when open. The Flex S comes in phone and tablet versions. The commercial Galaxy Fold requires a completely separate screen for the front display, while the Flex S only requires one screen. The Huawei Mate X tried a single-screen design with only a single fold, but that meant the entire device was a display when closed, and there was no “safe” side to lay on the table. The Flex S works around that problem with a second fold.

The tablet opens up to about a 16:10 aspect ratio, which seems like a good match for video content, a tablet app, or three side-by-side phone apps. When closed, the tablet takes the shape of a phone, but this prototype looks like it will be one of the biggest “phones” on the market.

The device looks like it is built exactly like the scaled-up Galaxy Z Fold. There is a raised plastic bezel surrounding the flexible OLED display, keeping the panel attached to the phone. Like the Fold, the display edges are exposed around the hinge area, with a “T” shaped guard preventing anything from getting under the delicate display.

The phone version of the Flex S has previously popped up at other trade shows. It shrugs off the same tri-fold design in the way a device in the 4-inch range looks like. When closed, you get a small, one-handed phone design that you can fold down into a larger device for multimedia use. Making a smaller phone bigger is a good idea, and it feels more functional than the Galaxy Z Flip, which is a typical phone that folds in half.

Unlike the tablet, the Flex S phone has a commendable camera setup, thanks to the camera bump on the front left of the device. It’s not displayed, but I think it can serve as both a front and rear camera by simply folding the first half of the screen and using the other half of the display as a viewfinder.

The right panel of the device is a bit awkward. Samsung decided not to fully extend the display until the end of the phone. Instead, the phone just becomes a clear block of plastic. When you fold the phone, there is now a clear strip of plastic on the main display on the front and a little bit of the display at the back, where you can display a message or something.

Flex G devices are the same idea, but everything is folded in, so there’s no screen on the outside. These protect the screen a lot when it’s in your pocket, but you won’t have any of the kind of quick exposure to notifications that we’ve found limited on other foldables. Again, there is a dead zone on the right side of the phone, but this time, Samsung fills it up with an S-Pen holder. There is a front camera on this prototype, but no rear camera.

The bigger tablet version is just full screen. There’s no camera, and I’m not even sure it has a charging port.

Samsung a. also showed a phone with rollable flexible display, It is similar to the designs we have already seen from LG, Opposition, And tcl, In phone mode, the flexible display wraps around one side of the phone with the additional, unused display on the back. When it’s time to jump into tablet mode, a set of motors extend down the body of the device, pulling the more flexible display from back to front, causing the display to “grow.” Several companies have demonstrated this design, but none have commercialized it yet.

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