Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co. recently released their new foldable phones to the public one week apart from each other, and people are asking, are foldable phones the next big thing?
The release was made on the Mobile World Congress 2019 and critics say it’s historic. The Verge’s senior editor, Vlad Savov says, “it’ll be something we return to as either the cradle of a new era or as a cautionary tale about unrestrained ambition.”
Companies like Oppo Electronics Corporation and Royole Corp. have also joined the bandwagon on foldable phones. Xiaomi Corp. even has their own, which can be folded twice!
The recent reveal on foldable have people wondering if this is our next look into the future and if we’ll be using foldable phones not long from now or is it just a gimmick.
Tim Culpan, a tech journalist, says it’s a gimmick. He says “the tech industry moves so quickly that developers don’t often get a chance to roll out concept devices that are intended to showcase the future more than drive sales.”
Culpan adds that this release is merely to excite their audience and for them to continue patronizing their products.
According to The Verge’s review, The Royole Flexpai is unquestionably bad from hardware to software production; the Samsung Galaxy Fold is pretty much a mystery, but the Huawei’s Mate X is a strong contender and promises the best.
Huawei looks promising with its outwards screen fold design and almost flat and smooth screen. The software technology is also acceptable but needs more work. Critics remain hopeful as most of the foldables won’t release until the middle of the year.
The Samsung Fold and Huawei Mate X will presumably cost $2000 and $2600 respectively. People aren’t new to highly priced phones, especially when purchasing cutting edge technology on its first release.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold features a folding book design with a narrow 4.6-inch display on the cover and a 7.3-inch tablet-size foldable screen on the inside. The Galaxy Fold has six cameras: three on the back, two inside and one in the cover.
You read that right, 6 cameras! But, initial reviews show that the folding book design will make the Samsung Galaxy Fold look like two phones attached once unfolded. Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate X it turns into a more prominent 8-inch display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch and 6.32-inch estates. It also sports 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chip embedded with the company’s Balong 5000 5G modem.
Let’s push this on you, are these foldable phones be the future of smartphone