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Everybody’s talking about foldable smartphones.
It promises something different.
Well, if you haven’t noticed, the trend for smartphones is to have bigger and bigger displays. That’s just the way it’s going, and a foldable smartphone will allow you to get that more prominent display but in a smaller form factor.
You know, it’s something that we’re not used to per se, but we have been hearing about over the years, and now it’s finally come to light.
We have different designs: from Samsung, which sort of opens up like a book; the Huawei Mate X that opens up like a reversible book where the screen is on the outside of the phone.
Then we have an idea from Motorola where they’re going to have a clamshell kind of design that is meant to look a little bit like the Razr phone from the days of yore.
We hear rumors about two new foldable Samsung smartphones. One is meant to be a flip-phone style, and the other is intended to be a reverse-book style.
Of course, there are rumors that Apple’s going to be joining into the foldable fun.
No one knows precisely or 100% if Apple’s going to be making a foldable smartphone. Apple is not the kind of company that makes the first of anything.
It kind of just sort of checks out what’s going on on the horizon sees the playing field, and then, if it works for another company, they’ll make it themselves and probably a lot better.
Everything that is first gen sucks at first. It is terrible. Remember the first iPhone? It’s awful.
I mean, it was actually kind of, I mean it was great, but it was awful. These are the first iterations of these smartphones.
This brand new design, this brand new form factor, and, honestly, it just doesn’t feel like there’s a lot in place to support these phones.
No phone maker has a concrete idea of how the foldable phone should fold or how it should look or how it should work in general.
Thing is about the foldable phone so far, is the price tag that is just crazy. It’s just nuts.
I think one of the biggest things for these phone makers to develop and improve is going to be the actual foldable display itself.
By now, that can’t be glass. It has to be some plastic, which may not look as good as glass smartphones.
There’s no doubt that over the next months, perhaps even years, that the phone makers will be developing new technologies and materials.
And everything else they need to make foldable smartphones usable or, actually in the first place, buy-able by a lot of people.
Once they get maybe to the thousand dollar mark, maybe people will start buying them.
Now as well, but it is pretty cool. I think this is going to be something. A few things need to happen first.
Phone makers need to develop the technology, make screens better and less breakable when you bend them like 10,000 times.
I would hold off for now, give it a few years, get all the kinks out the way, give it a few generations, maybe.
Over time it’ll get a lot less expensive. They also need to figure
out what kind of design the foldable smartphone should have.
Should the screen be on the inside? Should it be on the Should it open like a pamphlet? Tons of questions to have to be answered, and that only comes with a few years out in the real world.