We got a step closer to a folding iPhone when Samsung's virtual folding smartphone was unveiled on the stage: Galaxy Fold.
Samsung first promised a folding smartphone back in 2013, when it was complete fiction. This followed this by bothering a prototype unit in November last year. We didn't see much of it, and I had my own suspicion of the time of the preview.
But yesterday, Samsung announced that Fold will be for sale in April …
Of course we see if Samsung delivers on that date. Journalists present at the event noted that the company only showed a pre-production model on the scene and did not allow any practical time with it. It strongly suggests that the device still has issues that need to be resolved before it can be used.
But let's start by looking at it.
The Samsung device is folded in like a book and therefore has two screens. The screen display is 4.6 "diagonally at 840 x 1960 with a 21: 9 aspect ratio, while the" main screen "is 7.3" at 1536 x 2152 and 4.2: 3. The deck screen has very significant top and bottom fittings while this Infinity The Flex screen is classified as "hundreds of thousands" folds before wear and has a flexible OLED panel with the cover glass replaced by an "advanced composite polymer". The hinge mechanism has several interlocking gears.
Design-wise, the open screen is border-to-edge, storing for an elongated partition – or corner notch – at the top right containing two forward-facing cameras and various sensors. When closed, the two sides are not fully touched, with a partial gap between.
In closed form, it's a pretty kinky look.
Actually, it doesn't seem to be dramatically different from the clamshell-stylish smartphones I used back in pre-iPhone days.
And the large forehead and chin on the front also contribute to an old-fashioned look.
But open it up, and that's another story.
You now have a 7.3-inch tablet. So you get something just a little less than an iPad mini in a form factor that fits into a jacket pocket. It's an impressive achievement.
The user interface demographics also look impressive – as a small Google Map on the front screen automatically becomes a bigger one when you open the device. It remains to be seen how many programs support that kind of functionality, and it can of course depend on how many people are buying one.
Which probably won't be many. People criticized Apple for creating a thousand dollar phone; Well, Samsung just created a two thousand dollars a: The official Fold price is $ 1980. It's a pretty crazy price, even if you get both a phone and a small tablet.
I'm not going to buy one, even if it ran iOS. It's just too much money for too clunky a unit. There is only one reason that Samsung launched Fold now, and so it may claim to have been the first to market (although Royole may dispute the claim).
The corner notch also looks pretty strange, especially when the device is in landscape orientation
But this is just a first generation version of a Samsung folding telephone. The next generation will be cheaper and slimmer, and one after the other more. These things will eventually become commonplace.
Apple, of course, rarely launches into new technology with forgiveness. It tends to work quietly in the background, with the aim of not being the first market, but being the first to offer a truly polished version of the concept.
So I don't expect a folding iPhone anytime soon. But I expect to see sometime in the next few years.
I'm not very convinced by the dual-screen approach. As I say, the exterior display device looks clunky, and I don't expect many app developers to support it. I think it might be better to be less ambitious here: Have a small, modern screen that is large enough to display alerts – doing the same job as an Apple Watch – and then a big, proper screen inside. It would also make it more convenient to do something I proposed last year as a way to create a slimmer entity.
Think MacBook design. Most electronics are in the base, while the screen portion of the clamshell is very thinner. Apple could take a similar approach with a collapsible iPhone: most of the electronics would be exactly where they are now, with a thin clamshell part opening MacBook style.
I would also be tempted to completely delay a notch. Have Face ID and front-facing camera on the front of the closed unit. Approve when you open and have a full edge to edge screen when you open. The only real drawback is that you use a small front display to check your own preview or make a FaceTime call.
Although Apple makes a folding iPhone within the next 2-3 years, it will have one thing that is common to Samsung's device: it gets expensive. Two grand is too much, even for Apple, but if it can come far enough under this for psychological purposes, then I think there will be a market for it.
And 9to5Mac readers seem to agree. When we asked if you would pay a premium for a first-time or wait for the price to fall, a half said you would & # 39; probably & # 39; or & # 39; definitely & # 39; Pay the premium to get one right away. 19659002] What do you see on Galaxy Fold? And how long do you think we have to wait for the first folding iPhone? Please let us know your views in the comments.
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