The Future Is Here With Foldable Display Tech

a wrap-around flexible smartwatch is indicative of the quickly evolving future of smart devices Source: Plastic Logic A couple decades ago we might have anticipated that we would see foldable computer and television screens alongside flying cars and hoverboards. We may not be living in a Back to the Future world yet, but we do have foldable tech. And you can buy it, for a premium. If you do get your hands on a new foldable phone, imagine how a flexible screen may transform the way you play your favorite mobile online casino games. Yes, the future is here.

Inside the Tech

Foldable technology is not exactly new. Sony and Nokia were crafting foldable OLED (organic light emitting diode) screens as early as 2005. Although a concept phone, Nokia’s flexible Morph display showed the pioneering future of innovative, flexible screen tech. Sony’s rollable OLED display could wrap around a pencil. Back in 2010, the Japanese company created a prototype for what they intended to become a 4.1-inch TFT-driven display that they would integrate into future products Now, the biggest smartphone trend of 2020 and promising technology for multiple other popular devices and televisions, flexible, foldable screens are the next hot new thing. Relying on the innovative AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) screens, these displays differ from traditional LCD screen technology (which need a backlight) because they create their own light source. Non-flexing OLED screens require circuitry to control the pixels built into glass. With the flexible AMOLED tech, these layers of glass are replaced with layers of flexible plastic film, allowing for bending and flexing without damage.

Tech Currently Available and Hotly Anticipated

A variety of flexible phones are already on the market, available for purchase. Some technology is still in the pipeline, slated to arrive for consumer use in the next year or two. Highlighted projects include: Galaxy Fold – Already available to the public for $2000, AT&T is currently the only company carrying this new Samsung phone. After teasing the public since 2018, this phone in its final form has a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen than unfolds to a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display. The Fold also uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB of storage, and has six cameras. Royole FlexPai – Currently sold worldwide as a “developer edition,” the Royole FlexPai has been the first true foldable phone to hit the market. Hailing form the Chinese company, Royole, the FlexPai is going for about $1290 for its smaller 6GB RAM model. Unfolded, it is 7.8 inches, resembling a tablet, with a 1440p AMOLED display. The screen had fold 180 degrees, allowing each display to face out. One is the primary display and the other, a secondary screen. Huawei Mate X – The Huawei Mate X came out around the same time as the Fold. Released only in China in October of 2019, the Mate X is different than Samsung’s creation. As a smaller smartphone, it has a dual display. The main screen is a 6.6-inch panel. When you flip the phone to the rear display, you get a 6.38-screen. Unfold both sides of the display and you get an 8-inch tablet with an 8:7:1 aspect ratio and 2,480 x 2,200 resolution. The Huawei Kiri 980 processor and Balong 5000 modem make for a powerful machine. the highly innovative AMOLED screen on a smartphone from Royole signifies the future of smartphone tech Source: Royole Corporation Dell Ori and Duet – Dell has been experimenting with flexible laptop screens. Both just in concept and prototype phases right now, the Ori is a foldable laptop that shuts like a traditional notebook but opens to a flexible, dual screen that has currently withstood 15,000 folds. The Duet, a hinged laptop with dual screens, has two displays for souped-up scrolling and an attachable keyboard. Intel Horseshoe Bend – Intel has also created a concept foldable laptop. Debuting recently at CES 2020, this unique device can expand to a 17.3-inch screen. You can change its position in several ways, such as an L-shaped laptop you can use to scroll or watch dual apps. Attach a keyboard by magnets for a more traditional laptop experience or prop it up with a kickstand for easy viewing. LG’s OLED TV – Originally revealed at CES 2019, this super cool television from LG can roll up or down to unfurl into its full 65-inch size. Finally available to the public, the only drawback is that it costs about $60,000. A non-rollable OLED television is $20,000. Sony’s Rollable Phone – Speaking of rollable technology, remember Sony’s rollable tech from 2010? They keep hinting they will make a phone you can roll up like paper, but the world is still waiting for it to be unveiled. This phone is also purported to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 10x zoom camera. While the smartphone industry is always clamouring to develop the next best toy, we at Royal Vegas like to stay ahead of the next best online casino games. Play poker and innovative slot titles in a safe online casino environment while you wait for foldable technology to hit your local stores. Interested in tech? You may also like:

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