Future of foldable smartphones
Photograph by Iaremenko Sergii
Day by day, the technology is just getting better and better. The announcement of the first smartphone nearly a decade ago was a seminal moment in the evolution of mobile technology. Since then, mobile has seen growth and innovation like no other. The advancements in wireless technologies like 3G/4G and NFC, the rise of the mobile web, the increasing popularity of an app-based ecosystem, larger batteries, more computing power, better and larger displays, improved multimedia capabilities are just some of the innovations we have been seen over the last couple of years.
Now, smartphone upgrades are increasingly becoming more iterative instead of innovative. There is an increasing feeling of stagnation set in.
Your next smartphone might just throw you a curve. You pull your phone out of your pocket and unfold it.
You press your finger on the screen, and it unlocks.
You switch to the camera app, and the array of lenses shoot simultaneously to capture one giant photo.
These are all things that you will see in future smartphones. Some in prototype form, others in models you can get only in China.
Analysts in Korea say that a folding “Galaxy X” phone from Samsung might be seen in the next few years.
The tech industry has been doubling down on software and artificial intelligence capabilities, which still hold huge potential. But there’s a lot to be done on improving phone hardware, too, the number one reason most people upgrade.
The last major innovation in the display department was made by Samsung with the introduction of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The S6 Edge featured a curved glass display which has slowly become immensely popular; so much so that Samsung has recently decided to completely ditch flat screen variants of their flagship smartphones.
Despite the mundane nature of recent smartphone upgrades, there is a silver lining on the horizon. The idea of a foldable smartphone has long since been talked about by companies and users alike for a long time.
Samsung Display’s Kim Tae Woong claims that “Samsung Display is expected to commercialize foldable phones in 2019”.
Samsung is not the only one investing in the idea of foldable smartphones. Apple has also filed a patent for a foldable iPhone design. Other manufacturers like Nokia, LG, OPPO, Motorola or Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE are all also developing their own designs. Almost all the brands showing interest in this new design.
There is a lot riding on the idea of a foldable smartphone. In the smartphone industry, it is often the company which packs the most innovation in its devices that tastes the most success.
Recent reports claim that foldable smartphones could capture as much as 12% of the globals smartphone market in 2022! This would indicate that the market for foldable devices is a lucrative one, and companies will want to take advantage of this fact.
When it comes to flexible and foldable smartphones in 2018, they turn a single screen into dual screens and offer several multitasking benefits. Already there are a few smartphones available, which allow splitting the screen into two and perform different tasks at the same. Already there is ZTM which has launched Axon M with a foldable screen.
Photograph by Iaremenko Sergii
With foldable smartphones, you can enjoy using two displays instead of half screens, thus making it easy for multitasking.
With the new foldable smartphones, the camera features will also be enhanced. the primary camera might be designed to perform as both front and rear cameras. Then again, it will depend if the phone is closed or open. So, we can expect the companies to develop a single but exceptional camera instead of two with improved functionalities.
Expect that with foldable smartphones, the tendency of cracking displays will reduce to a greater extent. The foldable handsets will be flexible and there are fewer chances for the screen to break or get cracks if it accidentally falls on the floor.
As of now, Corning Gorilla Glass is being used as a protection to the displays from cracking, while making them more resistant to breaks. But still, the quality of foldable phones are expected to be much better compared to the safety that the Gorilla Glass offers.
The foldable smartphones will make gaming quite easier for the gamers with one screen committed to the game and the other for controls.
The new foldable smartphones might not actually replace the flip phones, but they will certainly carry some of their elements.
However, we expect even more such features from foldable smartphones. It will also quite interesting to see that which company gets its folding phone to market first, this is shaping up to be the big talking point for smartphones in 2019.