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Foldable Phones Are Coming

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Marbleheader, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Dope Dope

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    With the development of flexible screens, several phone manufacturers are taking a crack at making a foldable phone.

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    Samsung was leading the charge, with the Galaxy F, but Huawei just announced they are going to be releasing one as well.

    The cost is going to be as high as $2K. There are concerns about how battery life given the nuances of the design. Still, going to be an interesting trend to follow. Rumors are the Galaxy F is slated to be the flagship for Samsung.
     
  2. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Galaxy F? The jokes are going to write themselves.
     
  3. Oil Can Dan

    Oil Can Dan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Who wants to use two hands?
     
  4. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Member SoSH Member

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    Perfect, charge a fortune for a phone guaranteed to fail in less than 2 years because if you think that foldable screen isn't going to break or fail under normal use I have a nice bridge to sell you.
     
  5. djbayko

    djbayko Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, it seems like a gimmick that we don't actually have a need for, and it only increases the chance of something going wrong.

    The genius of the iPhone and all of the many smart phone designs which seek to emulate it is that it is a simple, solid chassis with as few moving parts as possible. The glass is a weak point, but it's a necessary evil up to now and a sturdy case drastically reduces that risk.
     
  6. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Member SoSH Member

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    Remember when you couldn't buy a high end TV that didn't have 3D 3-4 years ago ? Or large curved panel TVs that actually make the need to sit in the sweet spot even worse ? The electronics companies just keep throwing their shit ideas against the consumer wall hoping something will stick...
     
  7. page 2 protege

    page 2 protege Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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  8. brs3

    brs3 sings praises of pinstripes SoSH Member

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    This technology would be great to make an ipad more compact and replace the ipad mini and similar products. Unless this becomes the new blackberry and people who work on their phones find it useful..I'm not sold on it. Though, I thought the ipad would fail, so I'm probably wrong on this too.
     
  9. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    If you’re going smaller than a mini what size are you looking at before you get to the big iPhone model? For practicality at least? If I want to do something quick and easy, I use my phone. If I have reading or heavy searching to do I use my mini. Personally I’m not seeing what I would use something in between on but I’m intrigued. A flexible screen offers me nothing.
     
  10. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Pretty sure brs3 was implying the ipad’s full size would remain the same, but compact its transportable size.
     
  11. brs3

    brs3 sings praises of pinstripes SoSH Member

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    Yep, that is what I'm thinking. As a frequent traveler on trains, planes & automobiles, I could see the value add of making an ipad smaller in size when needed and full size when preferred. It'd be the best of both worlds.
     
  12. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Ok, but what does that gain the average person? Are we looking to put an iPad in our pocket? A mini is - well - tiny. It’s. It packing my bag or briefcase with noticeable weight or taking up room. As someone else noted, this seems like a curved tv that it’s a load crap and marketing.
     
  13. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    I don't get the pushback here. If the technology actually works, it's either returning to the days when flip phones were awesome (halving the pocket size of standard smart phones), or allowing you to open your smart phone into a 2x size screen.

    Either one kicks ass. There's probably an interim time when things are muckier, but that's when I let other people debug the tech.
     
  14. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    I don’t particularly care to go back to a flip phone, nor do I find trouble for room in my pocket for a smart phone. My iPhone 7 is perfectly fine size for what I use it for or what I desire. When I want something bigger, I use my mini and that’s perfectly fine for those purposes. Or I use a laptop. Things having specific functions is a good thing, in my opinion, but to each their own.

    When I want to make a phone call or do a quick search for a restaurant or address or check the weather, I don’t want to unfold a 9.5” (or whatever) screen to do it. Nor would I want to own a flip phone, that may take up less space overall but also puts a bulge in my pocket that looks likes I should have a fanny pack. But to each their own. I’m perfectly fine with a thin, larger landscape. Neither kicks ass for me.

    Edit: to your last point, I think that’s why it won’t be more than a marketing grab. The murky period will deter enough people that it will end up being dropped, but that’s just my humble opinion.
     
  15. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Seriously, and who needs a camera on your cell phone? Who is going to use that piece of crap camera when I've got me very reliable Canon Supershot with me? I predict the camera cell will die a brutally ugly death.

    I also don't understand the pushback here. This technology could kick ass, in a major way.
     
  16. CoffeeNerdness

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    The mockup posted in the OP has an exterior screen when the phone is folded. That could presumably be used as a smartphone is used today without having to unfold the phone.

    Put me in the puzzled by the push back camp as well.
     
  17. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Yeah, it’s the same thing as a camera. If you want to spend $2k on a phablet so you can fold it in half, that’s cool. I just don’t see a heck of a lot of people doing it, especially when most people have a two year cycle on phones and this will be virgin territory with the normal expected bumps in the road to start. I’m not saying it’s not cool tech.
     
  18. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    You don’t see how breaking the entire multisize paradigm would be huge? No more phone/tablet *at all*. It’s not going to happen anytime soon because this tech is still fantasy, but you’re trying to fit this into a device lineup created by the limitation this would bust.
     
  19. TallerThanPedroia

    TallerThanPedroia Civilly Disobedient SoSH Member

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  20. Beomoose

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    Really looking forward to Papelbon's Poutine's gushing posts in praise of the iFold 3 years after the Galaxy F is in stores. (Sorry, PP, nothing but love :redwine:)

    I'm really interested to see what is and is not compromised to make the display do it's thing, and how consumers react to those changes.
     
  21. Papelbon's Poutine

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    I'll own ten of em.

    It's really cool tech and I get it, you need something cutting edge in this market; I may be totally speaking selfishly but I've just never looked at my iPad and thought "man, I wish I could fold that in half"; nor have I missed having a flip phone the last ten years. It just strikes me as a very expensive solution to a problem not a lot of people find they have. I genuinely would love to play with if it happens, it does seem cool to see how they do it, but I don't think I could see myself ever buying one.
     
  22. Rudi Fingers

    Rudi Fingers Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Apple already folds the bottom of the Iphone X OLED display panel to create the tiny bottom bezel - so the question is the durability for repeated bend/unbend cycles

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