Foldable phones are phones that can be folded and unfolded. When folded, the phones provide much the same functions as other phones. However, when unfolded, they can provide interested individuals with a much bigger screen than otherwise possible. On top of this, their basic nature means that foldable phones can come with some functions that can’t be found on their normal counterparts, with an excellent example being how their screens can support more than one app at the same time.
What Are Some of the Foldable Phones Coming Out?
There has been interest in foldable phones for some time. However, recent times has seen a sudden increase in the number of foldable phones that are expected to hit the market. This makes sense because foldable phones are receiving a fair amount of support from Google, which seems to believe that such phones have a promising future. As such, it has cooperated with phone makers as well as app makers to make sure that everything will launch in a smooth and uncomplicated manner, which explains some of the recent announcements. As for Apple, well, it hasn’t put in the same effort, but there are some indications to suggest that it might be interested in the potential market for foldable phones as well.
Currently, there are a number of phone makers that are planning to launch foldable phones of one kind or another. In other words, even though the trend of foldable phones is still starting up, it shouldn’t be too long before interested individuals can expect a fair amount of variation to show up. Regardless, the chances are good that most people will have their eyes set on either the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X, which are the two examples that have been receiving the most interest in the news.
In short, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is the fulfillment of a longstanding promise. It is interesting in that it will be capable of unfolding into a 7.3 inch screen. Moreover, it will be capable of supporting three separate apps at the same time. Price-wise, interested individuals can expect the phone to come in at around $2,000. Meanwhile, Huawei’s Mate X has an 8-inch screen that can be folded to produce a 6.6 inch screen in front and a 6.4 inch screen on the back. With that said, while not particularly exciting information, it is worth noting that the $2,600 phone will be about 11mm in thickness when folded, thus making it a simple and straightforward fit for a pocket in said state.
Besides these two phone makers, there are others that have managed to catch the same sense of enthusiasm. In fact, it should be mentioned that the first foldable phone has already hit the market, seeing as how Royole managed to get its FlexPai with a 7.8 inch screen out the door in November of 2018. At around $1,300, it is a less expensive option than its counterparts, though it loses out in that it has a somewhat unfinished feel that might be attributable to it having been rushed out for the purpose of beating its bigger and much better-established competitors. Regardless, Royole’s FlexPai is nonetheless another option along with other phone makers such as Motorola and Xiaomi, which have also shown an interest but are much further behind compared to those that have either already launched or are set to launch their market offerings very soon.
Why Would You Want a Foldable Phone?
With that said, some people might be wondering why they would be interested in a foldable phone at all. After all, they are rather expensive devices, meaning that unless they can provide genuine usefulness, chances are good they aren’t going to be much sought-after by anyone other than techies. Primarily, the main benefit seems to be the foldable phone’s much bigger screen, which promises to provide a much better viewing experience without being that much more inconvenient when compared to their normal-sized counterparts. However, various foldable phones have already demonstrated various unusual but nonetheless interesting capabilities because of how they have been constructed, which might be enough to intrigue some individuals out there as well. Whatever the case, foldable phones still have both upsides and downsides, meaning that interested individuals should weight their purchase decisions with proper care.