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After months of fevered excitement about its hotly-anticipated folding Galaxy X folding smartphone, Samsung finally unveiled the device at its annual developer conference in San Francisco today.

We don't actually know much more about the phone because Samsung didn't fully demonstrate its features and presented in darkness so it couldn't be seen in all its glory. When folded, such a phone can be used as a small tablet. Samsung, the world's leading seller of smartphones, suffered a 7 per cent decline in shipments during that period, based on IDC's calculations. "We'll be ready to start mass production in the coming months", Samsung exec said.

However, if you unfold the smartphone, you're exposed to a large, tablet-sized display that gives you an incredible amount of screen real estate.

"Broadly, there are two variants - two-screen devices and one-screen devices".

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The Infinity Flex Display will offer an experience somewhere between a tablet and a smartphone.

All of this is to say that the "support" Android is offering for foldables as of right now appears to be mainly guidance in the form of steering developers toward the screen continuity feature that post mentions above.

High price tags are expected to prevent foldable phones from immediately becoming big hits, and some analysts doubt there is huge appetite for such products.

In an interview, the CEO of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told me the folding phone is no gimmick.

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Except for a fleeting look at a device he held in a hand, Denison provided scant information about the phone. Samsung has produced a phone that takes advantage of the new Infinity Flex display - a new flexible display that the protective substitutes glass layer of a traditional display with a new foldable adhesive.

For Google, offering native support for foldable phones is critical.

Screen technology has already been revealed that allows displays to be rolled with LG showing off its foldable TVs earlier this year.

The conference will take place in San Francisco over two days: November 7 and November 8.

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Knowing that we only have to survive through the holidays before the future of mobile is here, is nothing compared to those excruciating five years that Samsung has been teasing us with that foldable unicorn.

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