At CES 2023, Samsung Display demonstrated a smartphone prototype with a flexible display and a new Flex In & Out folding mechanism that allows the screen to be bent in both directions, i.e. both inwards and outwards.
The most important part of the prototype is the special design of the “waterdrop” hinge, thanks to which the creases on the screen are not so noticeable, and the reduced size of the mechanism reduces the load on the screen. This is not the first time Samsung Display has shown such a prototype – in September 2021 the company showed an “accordion screen” at the iMiD fair, but then the approach was different: the screen was divided into three segments, which each bent in its own direction.
Commercial versions of such solutions are not yet so radical, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 models use hinges that only bend the displays inwards. Despite the fact that the Korean manufacturer is the undisputed leader in this segment, the models on the market to date cause criticism: the screens of both models have noticeable folding lines that competitors – Oppo Find N2 smartphones and the latest Motorola Razr – prefer to hide look neater.
Maybe things will change for the better with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 in August, but right now the Korean manufacturer is actively preparing to announce the flagship of the Galaxy S23 main series, which is scheduled for February 1.