Foldable devices like the Oppo Find Net and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 have been touted as the future of smartphones thanks to their innovative engineering that allows the user to turn their smartphone into a tablet on the fly.
However, foldable devices may not be the only future for smartphones. Indeed, last year Oppo introduced the world’s first rollable device, the Oppo X 2021, and this year Samsung introduced a brand new rollable screen design for smartphones, called “slideables” during the DSCC 2022 business conference.
The news was reported by Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) CEO Ross Young via Twitter. In his recent tweets, Mr. Young shared several photos of Samsung’s presentation of its new sliding screen at the conference.
Samsung has a vertical sliding design because the screen, when in normal use, is a compact 16:9 smartphone display that allows the smartphone to slip easily into your pockets. If you want more expansive screen real estate, then the screen can be upgraded to a 6.7-inch 22:9 AMOLED display that slides out from the top.
That 22:9 aspect ratio can show up when users are scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, or reading an article online, as there’s more content apparent on your screen. Another advantage is that you will have a 6.7 inch screen in your pocket without feeling it. Indeed, the smartphone will be much thinner than if it did not have the folding or sliding technology.
From the screenshots we received from Mr. Young, it looks like the slider tech on show might already be ready for mass production. However, since the smartphone does not fit into the Samsung Z Fold or Z Flip family, the Korean brand might create a new Samsung Galaxy Z Slide series.