New revolution in the world of the mobile telephony and smartphones: the foldable smartphone arrives on the market. While Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy Fold, a device that can turn into a tablet once the screen is deployed, that Royole presented at the Las Vegas innovation show, the FlexPai, Huawei plans to announce its own concept at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February. Apple has just filed a patent this February 14, in which the company details several concepts of flexible screens adaptable on several devices, watches, smartphone, tablet. Manufacturers LG, Xiaomi, and Huawei also are not left on the side with new versions coming certainly in 2019. So it seems that the foldable screen smartphone is indeed the big innovation in the mobile phone sector expected in 2019 and that in concrete, all smartphone manufacturers want to be part of the race in this increasingly competitive market.
The foldable smartphone a compelling product?
The scalable size of the screen remains an enchanting argument, but the real question for consumers is the real contribution of the foldable screen on the daily use of mobile phones …
Why a foldable screen smartphone?
The first advantage of this new type of smartphone is in having two devices in one: folded, we have a phone and unfolded, we have a tablet. Once folded, the unit should be stored easily.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold that will be released from late April 2019 offers a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex screen (resolution 1536 x 2152 pixels). With its new surface in polymer and a screen about twice as thin as a conventional smartphone the screen Galaxy Fold should be both flexible and very resistant. Folded in two, the product will offer a 4.6-inch Amoled screen, the equivalent of an iPhone 8, with a resolution of 840×1960 pixels. The Fold will also have 6 cameras: 3 on the back, 2 when the screen is open and 1 on the front, when the smartphone is folded. The RAM will be 12 GB while the storage capacity, 512 GB, will be very comfortable to download movies, and video games. The Galaxy Fold, will also have a battery of 4380 mAh.
With the cost of the components, batteries, screens and innovative hinges The price will necessarily be exorbitant. Rates advanced by the majority of manufacturers already oscillate around 1000 to 2000 dollars. It is therefore more than obvious that the foldable screen mobile market will be reserved at the beginning for a small market. The giants of the Smartphone business will have to work extra hard if they want to remain competitive in the market and not be outdone by small brands that have the advantage of offering very affordable rates…