Smartphones have constantly been receiving cumulative updates in technology and have come to the point where the latest trends make it inevitable to take a huge leap in design language, resulting in foldable smartphones.
Almost all the companies have acquired patents for such devices including the industry giant Samsung, which plans to release its first foldable phone, Galaxy X, in 2019. Interestingly, the Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei decided to up their game and launch their foldable phone even before Samsung.
However, it’s not a new concept and has been around for years. Almost all the players in the smartphone industry are working on flexible smartphones. Here are the manufacturers that have either patented or have reportedly been working on such technology.
Back in 2017, ZTE announced a foldable phone but it didn’t have a flexible display. Instead, the phone had two screens hinged together which failed to deliver a seamless experience.
This time it won’t be like that and we will get to see flexible phones with a single screen. The pace, at which this technology is taking roots in the industry, suggests that we might see such phones sooner than we think. Here’s what we expect from flexible smartphones and how we think they will change the game.
Say Goodbye to Cracked Screens
Although currently, the phone industry has made great strides for the safety of phone since the inception of Gorillas glass, still your phone’s screen may be shattered to pieces if it accidentally takes a tumble.
With foldable smartphones, this may entirely change. Since the display will have the capacity to fold in, they will have less chance of being shattered when accidentally dropped. Though we are still unaware of the material that will be used in such displays, being flexible altogether rules out the consequence of getting shattered when dropped accidentally.
The camera is undoubtedly one of the most important features of a smartphone and even a selling pitch for some of the most popular smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 but no matter how good a smartphone’s front camera may be, it’s always inferior to the main snapper.
Foldable smartphones are going to change your camera experience like never before. The main camera could be used for both front and rear purposes, depending on whether the device is folded or opened.
This will result in manufacturers giving better attention to a single camera rather than worrying about the secondary camera as well.
More Screen Space to Play with
A few years back no one could have thought of unlocking a phone just by putting a finger on the phone. Today, we are way past that despite their inaccuracies, fingerprint scanners are getting obsolete and a much more sophisticated 3D facial recognition is taking its place.
Similarly, foldable smartphones will prove a substantial step up especially in media consumption. Imagine a phone which can be folded to have a screen on both sides. Wouldn’t it be amazing?
There’s so much you can do with that. You could pin your most accessed information to that screen or maybe you can use the phone in split-screen mode with two full screens unlike now that a single screen splits in half.
Moreover, app development could be done keeping in mind the flexible displays. This could result in additional functionality and more command to the user over the screen. There are practically endless possibilities for foldable smartphones and ways of our interaction with them.
Versatile Design Options
We have already witnessed that after Apple introduced the notch trend in the mainstream (although it was first used by Essential phone), all the manufacturers went nuts and now you hardly find a flagship without a notch. Even the likes of Google Pixel 3 will come with a notch.
With the inception of Foldable Smartphones, almost every manufacturer will go for the newly born technology which will inevitably be very expensive. This will give a breathing room to the smaller brands in the market.
While the heavy hitters in the industry will be fighting over the crown, smaller brands won’t have to worry about participating in this race of foldable smartphones. Such brands could capitalize on the situation and gain their profits just by manufacturing ordinary smartphones.
This will also be a breather for the users and provide them with more options to choose from, instead of following the same trend.
End of Tablets
The inception of foldable smartphones will inevitably result in striking the last nail in the coffin for tablets. The need for tablets emerged with the necessity of portability. Where a laptop would be hefty enough to carry around everywhere, a tablet would do the job being quite handy.
However, foldable smartphones will be able to unfold in a tablet-sized device to get all your work done so you wouldn’t be really needing tablets anymore. Although being very useful, tabs are gradually going to be obsolete.