Today, there are various Android smartphones in different sizes and price ranges that are made available by various manufacturers. While most of these handsets are similar in many ways, the upcoming ReFlex promises to be something unique in all aspects except that it is an Android device as well. Since this smartphone is yet to hit the market, you will have to wait for quite some time to own it till the gadget is made available to the public. The prototype model of this handset was released in February 2016 in The Netherlands at a convention. At first glance, these are a few captivating features of the promising high resolution and full color Android offering.
While most of these handsets are similar in many ways, the upcoming ReFlex promises to be something unique in all aspects except that it is an Android device as well. Since this smartphone is yet to hit the market, you will have to wait for quite some time to own it till the gadget is made available to the public. The prototype model of this handset was released in February 2016 in The Netherlands at a convention. At first glance, these are a few captivating features of the promising high resolution and full color Android offering.
Owing to bend sensors that are being incorporated into the smartphone, you can use both hands to bend the ReFlex smartphone that sports a wireless flexible display in the outward direction. The smartphone will integrate these sensors on the rear of the display panel. The sensors are positioned here to make it easier to sense the force with which the screen is being bent. This bend facility is expected to make interaction with apps livelier and more interactive than before as they use the level of bending as their input parameters. They will also get to experience physical tactile feedback when communicating with the ReFlex smartphone using bend gestures. The sensors will help you catch up with your reading or playing your game without having to touch the screen. This can be a great blessing as it lessens the chances of the screen becoming dirty when compared to the usual smartphone.
Reading your favorite book is beyond doubt going to be more realistic and enjoyable on this handset. When you bend the device downwards to the right, you can experience the same feeling when you turn the pages of a book from right to left. The pages will appear to flip through the fingers of your hand in the same direction through a vibration technology, and help in eyes-free navigation. Keeping track of the last read portion in a document is also likely to become easier than what you experience with a normal smartphone. You will be interested in knowing that the more you bend your smartphone, the flip speed also turns out to be higher.
ReFlex is all set to make itself a favorite among just book lovers, but is also working its way on becoming a hit with avid gamers. Game lovers are sure to relish playing the latest popular Angry Birds with more zeal and fervor than they did earlier. Bending the device will cause the sling shot to get stretched. Once again, the level of stretching will increase depending on the intensity of bending. The vibration is expected to give the player the effect of stretching a rubber band with his or her hands. When you release the handset to the normal position, the catapult will also get released simultaneously and send birds flying across the screen.
Just as you can imagine, if the device has to appeal to book lovers, gamers, and movie buffs alike, ReFlex must feature a decent size screen. Taking this aspect into account, there are ongoing discussions about the smartphone will sport a 6-inch high definition LG bendable screen OLED touchscreen. Also, there are talks about the handset being made available with a 720 x 1080 pixel resolution. However, although there are hopes that the pixel density will not be disappointing for such an innovative gadget, there is no idea about what the pixel density is going to be.
Apart from the bend sensors, other key hardware that is reported to be a part of the device include a haptic actuator, a non-flexible board, a voice coil and a battery. All these are located on the side of the display. The voice coil plays a pivotal role in stimulating the friction and forces through detailed vibrations in the display. The haptic actuator renders active haptic feedback for bend input.
While the prototype model was loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, there are chances that the live device when finally launched may incorporate a later version of the same Android. The bendable flexible smartphone may take about five years from now to reach the hands of its users.