News Phones 32 32 people found this article helpful Samsung Reveals Folding Screen Flip Phone During Oscars The clamshell is back and it’s nothing like you remember By Lance Ulanoff Editor-in-Chief, Lifewire.com Lance Ulanoff is Lifewire's EIC and a veteran technology journalist (formerly EIC of Mashable and PC Magazine). He's on TV a lot, too. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Lance Ulanoff Updated February 10, 2020 Phones Phones Internet & Security Computers Smart & Connected Life Home Theater Software & Apps Social Media Streaming Gaming View More Tweet Share Email What: During the 2020 Oscars telecast, Samsung ran a commercial revealing its next flexible-screen device.How: Not much is known about the clamshell phone, but the 24-second commercial gave us a good look and lots of hints. More details will arrive on February 11.Why Do You Care: Despite a bumpy start, flexible-screen devices are going to be a big part of our mobile device future. This phone could help pave the way. Samsung's new flexible-screen flip phone. Samsung With less than 48 hours until its big product reveal, Samsung surprised millions of Oscars telecast viewers with a hearty glimpse of its new, flexible-screen flip phone, rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Flip. Appearing in the first third of the three-hour-plus-long awards show, the roughly 30-second commercial offered almost zero context. There was no voice-over, no specs, no people holding the devices. Instead, the commercial showed off half a dozen of the clamshell handsets folding and unfolding a flexible display of indeterminate size. The back of the new clamshell device. Samsung Rumors of a Samsung flip phone have been swirling for months, but Samsung’s decision to pre-announce the device before its big Galaxy event on February 11 is unusual. Perhaps the company thinks more people will tune in to the live stream just to learn more about this big-display, clamshell smartphone. Judging by the comments I saw in my own Twitter feed, they may be right. This flip phone is not the first flexible display clamshell. Motorola holds that honor, with the Razr foldable phone, which started arriving in reviewer’s hands last week. Rumors of a Samsung flip phone have been swirling for months As for what we can learn from the Samsung Oscars commercial, the obviously OLED screen appears to be a standard smartphone ratio when opened. There’s a black bar at the top to accommodate a camera—the screen does not appear to go all the way to the top edge. There’s a USB-C port along the bottom edge and a volume rocker and power/sleep button along one edge. I couldn’t spot a fingerprint reader (unless it’s under the screen). On the back of the top half there are two cameras and a tiny notification screen, which, in the video, showed a slider for answering a phone call, ostensibly without opening the phone. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Lineup Leaks Ahead of Launch There was some text, including the caveat that some screen images were simulated and “You may notice a crease at the center of the main screen, which is a natural characteristic of the screen.” That’s basically a little reminder that this OLED display will feature a plastic covering, much the same as we’ve seen on other flexible-screen devices. So far, none of them have been able to eliminate that pucker. Other than that, the commercial ends with the slogan, “Change the shape of the future,” and a reminder to watch Samsung’s “Unpacked” event, where we’ll learn more about this phone and what’s rumored to be a variety of other Galaxy handsets.