LAS VEGAS — After years of prototypes, screens, folding will start to enter in the daily, opening new prospects in the technology sector, in particular to manufacturers of the smart phone, which is waiting anxiously of what to revive a market that is sluggish.
The south Korean LG has unveiled on Monday a television whose screen can wind and unwind fully, during a presentation at the eve of the official opening of the ces trade show of consumer electronics in Las Vegas, where the world of tech should reveal Friday its latest innovations.
The screen of 65 inches (165 cm) can completely retract and disappear into the base, which serves as a pregnant the latest. LG has not given a date for its marketing — or the price — but the group has presented this model in his range 2019, suggesting that he could be available this year.
“What science-fiction has imagined decades ago is now a reality,” quipped David VanderWaal, head of marketing.
“This is very cool, the interior decorators are going to love it,” enthused Avi Greengart, analyst for GlobalData, citing a “unique technology”.
LG has, therefore, confirm the popularity of the screens, folding and rolling, already presented in the salons in prototype form for the past few years.
“The screens are foldable are going to be the big trend this year,” according to Avi Greengart, noting, however, that in terms of the phone, several companies should reserve their announcements for the Mobile World Congress in late February.
“Everyone knows that 2019 will be the year of the official debut of the two technologies really exciting in the world of mobile screens, foldable phones and 5G” (the mobile internet ultra-fast), estimated in a note the analyst Bob O’donnell of Technalysis.
“In the short term, I expect that it will be phones with screens foldable that will have the most success, because their impact on the use of the phone and the design are so compelling that consumers will want to forget the speed of 5G,” said Mr. O’donnell.
Screens folding assume that the applications and operating systems to be completely redesigned to run on these new screens, opening up new opportunities for developers (those who design the apps).
As for the technology groups, they are eager to revive a market that the phone became sluggish, dragged in particular by a saturation of the market and a lack of innovations is staggering able to justify the high price of the iPhone in the u.s. Apple, or some models of the south Korean Samsung.
But this also means a delay before a phone fully optimized to be marketed.
At ces, the startup chinese Royole has presented a model of phone – the FlexPai – a screen with a collapsible, that can turn into tablet, available in China, and now in the United States for 1300 $US.
“People want mobility, but also large screens,” said the founder of Royole, Bill Liu at a press conference.
In THESE, the founder of the startup chinese Royole, Bill Liu, has presented a model of phone – the FlexPai – with a screen foldable, that can transform into a tablet, at the ces trade show of consumer electronics in Las Vegas, Monday.
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The “phone of tomorrow”
Other manufacturers should get out of the devices folding this year, but Mr. Liu explained that the technology layers using ultra-fine nano-sensors could do more than make phones, and used, for example, to the dashboards of cars or electronic accessories to wear on your self.
“We believe that this is the next generation interface between human and machine,” he said.
The world number one in smart phones, Samsung has not introduced a new model to screen foldable at its press conference at ces on Monday, booking may be an ad for the salon of Barcelona.
It was presented in November a prototype screen foldable for phones, but without a move of date for the marketing of a device with such a screen. Samsung manufactures both components and phones whole.
Samsung “will be ready for mass production” of this new type of screen called “Infinity Flex Display” – “in the coming months,” had said Justin Denison, one of the leaders of the group, ensuring that the “screen pos(ait) the foundations of the telephone of tomorrow”.
Google, which designed the system Android mobile that runs the mobile devices of Samsung, had announced in the aftermath collaborate with it to optimize Android for these future devices.
The ETUC expects 4500 exhibitors spread over 250000 square meters in all of Las Vegas. 182 000 visitors are expected.