Samsung showcases wild foldable devices at CES like the Flex Note and Flex Slidable

Samsung showcases wild foldable devices at CES: Flex Note transforms from a 13-inch handset to a 17-inch monitor and a slidable smartphone has a second screen that extends to the side

  • Samsung presented two new foldable designs for laptops and smartphones at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show
  • It showed off an S-shape folding design that includes three panels which extend outward 
  • The G-shape design, also with three panels, folds inward to protect the display 


Many electronics makers have attempted to master foldable devices, but it seems only Samsung has been able to achieve the innovation.

The South Korean company debuted several new folding gadgets at CES 2022,  both smartphones and laptops that either have a S- or G-shape design.

The ‘S’ design features three panels the fold out to make a larger tablet-like device, while the ‘G’ folds inward on all sides, allowing you to store away the device without scratching the display.

During a presentation at CES, Samsung showcased the Flex Note that went from a 13-inch tablet to 17 inches when fully expanded, and the Flex Slidable smartphone with a display that extends to the side.

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Samsung debuted several new folding gadgets at CES 2022, smartphones and laptops (pictured), which either have a S- or G-shape folding design

Samsung debuted several new folding gadgets at CES 2022, smartphones and laptops (pictured), which either have a S- or G-shape folding design

During a presentation at CES, Samsung showcased the Flex Note that went from a 13-inch tablet to 17 inches when fully expanded

During a presentation at CES, Samsung showcased the Flex Note that went from a 13-inch tablet to 17 inches when fully expanded

Samsung already has a foldable smartphone on the market – the Galaxy Z – that starts at $1,799.

The company showed off its skills in making such devices during this year’s CES with new concept devices.

The Flex S is a tri-folding setup that opens up in an ‘S’ shape, allowing for a significant expansion of the screen. 

The Flex G panel, which also has three panels, features an inward fold that offers more protection to the display and allows for the device to be more portable since it can be folded twice.

Samsung also showcased its Flex Slidable smartphone with a display that extends to the side

The Flex Slidable features a hidden screen that is released with a push of a bottom on the top left-hand corner

Samsung also showcased its Flex Slidable smartphone with a display that extends to the side. The Flex Slidable features a hidden screen that is released with a push of a bottom on the top left-hand corner

The Flex Note is a prototype laptop that can be transformed into a larger monitor when unfolded.

The Flex Slidable features a hidden screen that is released with a push of a bottom on the top left-hand corner.

In a demonstration video, the screen slides to the right and display’s the user’s apps, allowing them to continue working on the larger, left screen.

Although these devices are concepts, Samsung did launch a new smartphone at CES on Monday that is available for pre-order.

The Flex S is a tri-folding setup that opens up in an 'S' shape, allowing for a significant expansion of the screen

The Flex S is a tri-folding setup that opens up in an ‘S’ shape, allowing for a significant expansion of the screen

Pictured is the S-shape folding design that shows the panels folding outward

Pictured is the S-shape folding design that shows the panels folding outward

Galaxy S21 FE, dubbed Fan Edition, boasts similar technology of the Galaxy S21 smartphone family, but for $100 less. The new handset starts at $699.

S21 FE, dubbed ‘Fan Edition,’ features a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, the same processor as the flagship devices, a triple-lens camera and 5G capability.

The Galaxy S21 FE also comes in a range of colors including olive, graphite, lavender and white and includes Samsung’s ‘fastest chip.’

And the handset’s battery can get a 50 percent charge after being plugged in for just 30 minutes.

The Flex G panel, which also has three panels, features an inward fold

The Flex G panel, which also has three panels, features an inward fold

This design offers more protection to the display and allows for the device to be more portable since it can be folded twice

This design offers more protection to the display and allows for the device to be more portable since it can be folded twice

Shipping for S21 FE is set for January 11.

TM Roh, president and head of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement: ‘We saw an incredible response to Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 lineup.

‘So we applied the same approach with S21 FE 5G, equipping it with the premium features that matter most to our loyal Galaxy fans — because we’re focused on delivering a smartphone that meets their most important needs.’


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