Decades of sci-fi movies have got conditioned us to lust right after devices that are pure screen without bezels. Communicators that are paper-thin plus transparent. Devices with screens that will fold in half so that they actually fit into your damn pocket.
I want these futuristic devices just as much as anyone, especially phones that collapse in half, and companies like Samsung and ZTE are tripping throughout themselves to make them a reality. Â
But barring any significant executive or design breakthroughs, they’re in no way going to become a thing, and it’s impractical to believe they will with current technologies.
The pitch is simple: the phone that folds open in to a larger tablet. You’d get a giant screen when you wanted one, and a smaller sized screen when you didn’t. Â
What’s there not to like? Â
Plenty, actually. Â
It’s not which i have a problem with the idea of a collapsible phone. It’s just that as a technology analyst, I see some real difficulties that companies need to overcome to be able to convince us such a device will be better than our current non-foldable cup slabs.
Samsung is, maybe, the largest company that’s rumored to become working towards launching a collapsible phone. It’s been rumored for more than the usual year now, with the latest reviews saying the device could launch at the begining of next year.
It’s already been developing flexible displays for years and it has even created a concept video for the display that bends in half the Samsung Youm. It’s impressive items that gets all the nerds drooling, however the device in the concept videos is usually missing the critical components, just like a battery, which last time I actually checked can’t get much slimmer or flexible than what we curently have today.
Oppo and Lenovo have both revealed prototype collapsible devices, and they’re hideous.
But if anyone can pull off a collapsible phone, it’s Samsung. The company includes a rich history of challenging the status quo. Through phones with built-in pocket projectors (Galaxy Beam), to phones along with 10x optical zoom (Galaxy S4 Zoom), to curved glass sides (which is now a signature style element featured on all of the flagship phones), you can’t say Samsung doesn’t think different.
But Samsung’s not the only one who’s race to build a foldable phone that will expands into a tablet. Oppo plus Lenovo have both revealed model foldable devices, and… well, could possibly be hideous.
Sure, they’re model phones, but look just take a look at them. They’ve got huge bezels around them, and there’s an unattractive crease in the middle the screen whenever they fold up.
Who the particular hell would want a crease within their screen? It looks like absolute trash. Any company that ships a collapsible phone with a hinge in the middle of the particular displays should be laughed out of the space.
ZTE’s recently announced Axon M, which’ll be sold specifically on AT& T (my imagine is they’re the only carrier who does be stupid enough to sell this particular thing), looks like a bigger joke.
It doesn’t have a crease since it’s actually just two screens set together on a hinge. It’s essentially a rotated Nintendo 3DS. Yet I guess, technically, it does fold. They have just doesn’t look that helpful.
History has not favored collapsible devices or dual-screen mobiles associated with any kind (of course, flip mobile phones are a different story).
Remember Sony’s Tablet P? It was not technically a phone, but it collapsed in half and had two screens. No doubt you’ve never heard of it, or don’t have thought about it for years.
Kyocera’s dual-screen Echo phone released within 2011 was a complete flop. Just phone nerds would even keep in mind this device. OK, it had really a slider-hinge, but the idea was your same: to have two screens for the app calls for it.
And before the Echo, Kyocera displayed an “EOS” concept foldable mobile phone. Guess what? It never materialized.
Or how about NEC’s Medias Watts foldable phone that looks uncannily like the phone that inspired the particular Axon M?
Where the heck are these phones at this point? Where was the revolution that they had been supposed to bring?
It in no way happened.
Foldable smartphones plus dual-screen phones just don’t function. A single, large edge-to-edge screen functions perfectly fine, and that’s the direction that every phones are moving towards.
We all think we want a bigger screen (why do you think Samsung place a projector into a phone? ), but we don’t really need this. Â
It’s not as practical because it sounds. The technology to make it occur isn’t available today. The cons surpass the pros.
Maybe one day Items eat my words and some technology reporter will link back to this particular story to prove how awfully wrong I am, but I’ll get that bet. I don’t find foldable phones shaking things up in different earth-shattering ways.
If Samsung or any of these companies ever to push out a foldable phone, it’ll get some oohs and ahhs for daring to make a move new, but the novelty will put on off fast.