Many of the big names in the smartphone market have taken a step into the future with the introduction of foldable smartphones. With the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, we imagine Samsung leading the way with this exciting innovation.
However, the race is very tight. Microsoft have the Surface Duo (with an interesting hinge mechanism); Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, Lenovo, Oppo and a couple of others also mark ‘present’ in the game (Apple, where art thou?). The idea is basically more screen and easy portability, but the implementation is cutting edge. That’s enough to make us dream.
When the first iPhone came out 13 years ago, it met mixed reactions, but its intent stood. Physical keyboards in phones are now bygone (though Blackberry seems to disagree). Foldable phones are taking a step farther, as they offer a sort of mini laptop attraction. Only here, you have all screens instead of the partition between screen and physical keyboard. We are already in the second generation of foldable smartphones, and the implementation of bending screen is getting better.
However, it isn’t more about the flexible screen than it is about the phone/tablet factor. Traditional tablets are dwindling in popularity, as they fail to make a strong case for functionality. What tablets lack in functionality and flexibility, foldable phones more than make up for. Foldable phones have many screen for easy multitasking, and the ability to fold up into the size of your regular smartphone. And it makes you wonder, how far ahead are laptops?
Still very far ahead would be the simple reply. Foldable phones, even with huge promise, could never beat the processing power of laptops. Laptops are just more efficient for gaming and other daunting tasks like graphic design and rendering. However, you can expect foldable smartphones to run your word processor smoothly.
Creating and editing of documents should be easier than it is on regular smartphones. And it will be like a pocket notebook, having an edge over laptops in portability. Serious typing has always been done on the keyboard of laptops; however, as people get more used to onscreen keyboards, foldable phones could suffice. Also, multimedia is a thing of beauty on most foldable smartphones, with interesting multitasking available.
Most foldable smartphones on the market right now are categorised as premium devices, with premium price tags. But, you can expect this to change sooner than later as the market becomes fiercer.