Changing tack: Samsung to reveal some features of foldable phone this week

Up to three apps will be able to run simultaneously, using something Samsung calls multi active window.

Samsung mobile marketing senior vice-president Justin Denison said the device represented "an entirely new mobile platform" as a smartphone's screen would no longer be restricted by the size of its body. In this orientation, the phone is pretty much like any other smartphone giving you a full touch screen in a portrait orientation.

Samsung is hoping that a foldable smartphone captures the imagination of the public and reinvigorates the slumping smartphone market that's yet to experience the kind of innovative leaps since Apple first debuted the iPhone in 2007.

Samsung says it will be ready to hit the market at some point next year. The device has two different modes; a cover display that acts as a phone, and a main 7.3-inch tablet.

'It's an exciting concept and we expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers, ' Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, told a Google conference on Wednesday. But as of right now, those enhancements are mostly just guidance for developers to start using already-existing features that are built into Android.

If Samsung does reveal a early look at today's conference it's likely an official unveiling could take place at CES. When folded in half, a second screen on the outside means it can operate like a pocket-friendly smartphone.

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In a brief demo at SDC, Samsung demonstrated the new flexible display tech that will enable the foldable phone.

Either way, the spectacle of the folding phone is imminent. In addition to a cavalcade of new sensors, the biggest draw card revealed by the patents is a bezel-free display, something many phone users have been clamouring for ever since the introduction of the notch.

Rumours suggest Samsung could place a price of over £1,300 on this new phone.

Make no mistake, this thing looks chunky as hell, but a large part of that is apparently due to the protective shroud Samsung used to shield the rest of the device from prying eyes.

Samsung also sought help from Google, whose Android software powers the phone and will need to be tweaked to take advantage of it. The event will be held at San Francisco on November 7 and 8.

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