02-16-2019 03:38 AM
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  1. anon(10409867)'s Avatar
    Its true that most major tech company today is working on some type of foldable display.
    It may improve things a bit if costing is done properly, but I don't think that it can result in a massive shift in the way we use devices.

    Having said that, what can really change the status quo is the ability to use one device for all our needs without compromising performance or battery. That can easily be done through cloud. Foldable or not, does not matter that much.
    10-26-2018 03:38 AM
  2. Kevin545's Avatar
    No, Foldable phones will have only one benefits which easy to carrying the phone, but just for one pro, it will give many cons like not able to use a large battery or a strong physical devices. Also if you are looking for the next big thing in Phones than it will be the new techonlogies like Artifical Intelligence or cloud computing which will connect the physical world with the phones.
    10-27-2018 05:12 AM
  3. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I think foldable fans will be tried by some manufacturers who can afford the risk (e.g. Samsung)m but it won't be mainstream until someone like Apple jumps on the bandwagon.
    10-27-2018 06:43 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't think foldable phones will become popular due to the lack of ease of use. Unfolding and folding a device when removing it from and inserting it into one's pocket adds extra steps that reduce convenience for the user.
    10-27-2018 04:04 PM
  5. beman39's Avatar
    I think if they do it right, it can be very popular, like for instance no break in the screen or no hinge viewable..
    10-27-2018 06:11 PM
  6. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Flip phone devices and the HTC Touchpro phones were variations on similar form factors. Please, I hope they take one handed use into account, for at least some basic uses like shooting photos, making calls, and triggering Cortana. Ease of access / universal accessibility for everyone, please.
    Last edited by Kevin Rush; 10-28-2018 at 11:24 AM.
    10-28-2018 11:09 AM
  7. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I don't think foldable phones will become popular due to the lack of ease of use. Unfolding and folding a device when removing it from and inserting it into one's pocket adds extra steps that reduce convenience for the user.
    I gotta agree with Laura on this one.
    I think the foldable phone that everybody wants to see is a good 10 to 15 years off.

    Current phones are really thin, and are only getting thinner. A foldable phone that's thicker than what people are using now just won't fly.

    Screens that can fold completely in half to the width of current phones without screen distortion or permanent screen damage is currently a dream.

    OEMs like LG and Samsung have spent millions on making extremely vibrant and beautiful screens. The first generation truly seemless foldable screens will most likely take major leaps backward as far as image quality is concerned.

    All of this is speculation on my part. Our ideal idea of a foldable phone is doable, just not with our current technology.

    Until the foldable phone looks and works better than the current flagships, I don't think it'll be the next great thing. That is, until Apple steals the idea a few years later.
    10-28-2018 08:55 PM
  8. anon(10409867)'s Avatar
    I don't think foldable phones will become popular due to the lack of ease of use. Unfolding and folding a device when removing it from and inserting it into one's pocket adds extra steps that reduce convenience for the user.
    I also have similar thoughts about foldable phones. But if that is true, then why is Microsoft, Google, Apple & Samsung investing so much time & money in it. Even people are eagerly waiting for some foldable andromeda device. Such enthusiasm feels illogical. The truth is no company today seems to be doing something that can take us to the next level. That is discouraging.
    10-29-2018 06:22 AM
  9. Kimmo Toivanen's Avatar
    I'd rather take small phone and lightweight VR headset (self-powered or phone-driven, maybe both - for wide variety of entertaining and proper use). No folding, huge screen, 3D... Can't be used while driving 😂

    AR glasses would solve the problem of folding phones and big displays by projecting the screen in thin air. Maybe in my lifetime 😉
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    10-29-2018 05:05 PM
  10. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I also have similar thoughts about foldable phones. But if that is true, then why is Microsoft, Google, Apple & Samsung investing so much time & money in it. Even people are eagerly waiting for some foldable andromeda device. Such enthusiasm feels illogical. The truth is no company today seems to be doing something that can take us to the next level. That is discouraging.
    I think they are all in a race to come up with the next feature they can pitch in the name of advancing the technology. That's it. It's just a cool selling point that will add clout to their range of devices. To me, it's similar to the push for under the screen fingerprint readers. Definitely cool tech, but really not necessary. I mean, rear mounted fingerprint readers, Iris scanners, and face recognition cameras are just as good, or even better. But, cool tech is a selling point for sure.
    I deal with office documents quite a bit with my work, and while onscreen keyboards are useful at times, nothing beats a larger screen and a physical keyboard for Excel and Word for me. I really don't do much real typing on my tablets. I skim through documents, but I always go to a real keyboard for any real editing. That might just be me though.
    The push for foldable screens is marketing, that's it. I'm sure whichever company gets it out there first will have developed a really good marketing campaign that will convince a lot of people that they just have to have it, even though they really don't.
    10-29-2018 05:34 PM
  11. mtf1380's Avatar
    the thing that interests me most about a folding phone is the hope it will be durable enough to stick in my pocket without fear of scratching the screen with my keys. I need my phone to be a tool, not a piece of delicate jewelry.
    10-29-2018 09:32 PM
  12. anon(10409867)'s Avatar
    I think they are all in a race to come up with the next feature they can pitch in the name of advancing the technology. That's it. It's just a cool selling point that will add clout to their range of devices. To me, it's similar to the push for under the screen fingerprint readers. Definitely cool tech, but really not necessary. I mean, rear mounted fingerprint readers, Iris scanners, and face recognition cameras are just as good, or even better. But, cool tech is a selling point for sure.
    I deal with office documents quite a bit with my work, and while onscreen keyboards are useful at times, nothing beats a larger screen and a physical keyboard for Excel and Word for me. I really don't do much real typing on my tablets. I skim through documents, but I always go to a real keyboard for any real editing. That might just be me though.
    The push for foldable screens is marketing, that's it. I'm sure whichever company gets it out there first will have developed a really good marketing campaign that will convince a lot of people that they just have to have it, even though they really don't.
    That can be true. But there can be another angle to this. May be these companies are running out of ideas. They just don't know what to do next that will different. Looking at companies adding 4 rear cameras feels a desperate attempt. I wonder if the rear of Galaxy S12 will filled with cameras, like 40 of them, few of them will even capture interstellar images :P
    10-30-2018 08:26 AM
  13. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    That can be true. But there can be another angle to this. May be these companies are running out of ideas. They just don't know what to do next that will different. Looking at companies adding 4 rear cameras feels a desperate attempt. I wonder if the rear of Galaxy S12 will filled with cameras, like 40 of them, few of them will even capture interstellar images :P
    Ha ha. I totally agree. That's a really good point.
    10-30-2018 08:40 AM
  14. Wilsondrake's Avatar
    Foldable phones could be the next big thing, if the design is well supported by the hardware. I would compare it with desktop and Laptop.

    Laptops surely are an updated version of desktop. And they are doing pretty well.
    10-30-2018 08:48 AM
  15. anon(10409867)'s Avatar
    Foldable phones could be the next big thing, if the design is well supported by the hardware. I would compare it with desktop and Laptop.

    Laptops surely are an updated version of desktop. And they are doing pretty well.
    I think the USP of laptop was it's mobility. Initially they were not that powerful. But now, they even run core i5 without fans!

    The same applies to smartphones. Yes they are super portable but they are not that powerful. Companies should focus on something that can make them more powerful. And this time, it has to be more than just powerful processors!
    10-30-2018 09:47 AM
  16. beman39's Avatar
    the thing that interests me most about a folding phone is the hope it will be durable enough to stick in my pocket without fear of scratching the screen with my keys. I need my phone to be a tool, not a piece of delicate jewelry.
    not trying to sound like a smart ***.... but maybe try not putting your keys in the same pocket as your phone? I mean who does that? lol I always NEVER put my keys with my phone...
    10-30-2018 08:52 PM
  17. beman39's Avatar
    well I think most of you are forgetting is that they're are really getting advanced in the OLED screens nowadays... they're super thin and super flexible.. so making a fold-able phone isn't the problem. and I disagree with laura, it takes no less than a second! I see TONS of people using cases that fold closed/open so why not a fold-able screen? you would have to be seriously lazy/lethargic to be hindered by folding a screen! I mean cmon!

    if they can make a phone like the pic below, they would kick a$$! and also make it a TRULY portable PC/phone!.. I would be running to MS store and throwing my money at them LOL
    Attached Thumbnails microsoft-foldable-surface-phone-feature-v2-720x720.jpg  
    10-30-2018 09:02 PM
  18. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    And here's the first one:

    I I'd say that we have a long way to go. But, it's still kinda cool.
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    10-31-2018 07:49 PM
  19. mtf1380's Avatar
    not trying to sound like a smart ***.... but maybe try not putting your keys in the same pocket as your phone? I mean who does that? lol I always NEVER put my keys with my phone...
    Oh, I try very hard not to, but sometimes I get in situations where I just don't have the luxury to concern myself with keys nor phones and they just end up in the same pocket; NOT by design or intent, but because of my mind is focusing on the multiple tasks in need of my full attention and it just happens. But my point is that I am tired of having to have to make an conscious effort NOT to mix the two...everytime, or suffer potential major scratch damage. I used to have a screen protector to guard against such errors in actions, but as I still use a 950XL, I cannot find a suitable replacement.
    10-31-2018 07:54 PM
  20. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Take a look at this https://mspoweruser.com/worlds-first...sale-tomorrow/
    A foldable tablet Phone from a Chinese company by the name Rouyu Technology is ready to launch a foldable phone tomorrow. Called the FlexPai Phone. Very interesting.
    11-01-2018 12:00 AM
  21. nate0's Avatar
    Only if consumers want them I bet. The problem with that is that it is like predicting the weather. Stuff is slung out at us left and right to see what sticks.

    Makers and media put out there all kinds of ideas and draw conclusions. In some cases maybe it is investment for RnD too. If it does not sell well though or strike interest enough it won't be the next thing. Just a phone that folds is nothing special imo. It has a folding feature. Clam shells had that and were totally pocketable. Smaller screen on half the phone but of course to us are ancient now. A device that folds that can leverage its folding feature incorporating capabilities which are not available now for phones or even in tables/laptops, that might be of more interest.
    11-01-2018 08:06 PM
  22. Justin321's Avatar
    The idea of a fordable phone is simply, really a large device that can fold into a smaller one. Its going to change the whole smart phone industry in the near future shareit.
    Last edited by Justin321; 01-31-2019 at 01:22 AM.
    01-30-2019 06:15 AM
  23. HeyCori's Avatar
    I think early adopters will be the "one device to rule them all" crowd. There are a few that love the idea of having a phone while also having a phablet in their pocket. So they can do real work (or at least pretend to do real work). That's also likely the sort of crowd that doesn't mind carrying around an additional bluetooth keyboard and mouse so they can be extra productive on the go.

    Beyond that, I think general consumers will mostly steer away from foldable phones. Until they reach pure sci-fi levels of cool with nearly invisible bezels and seams, the current age of foldable tech isn't nearly as sleek or, in some cases, even as functional as what we already have.

    However, I think foldable screens will be a major boom for the wearable tech industry. Imagine a smartwatch with a screen the width of your entire wrist while also being paper thin and comfortable. I have my doubts that phones will be where foldable tech takes off first... unless OEMs decide that every phone will be foldable and we're left with no other choice.
    02-01-2019 09:15 AM
  24. Johnathan Dalipsingh's Avatar
    I think you all are missing one major point here, the hopes of creating a new category in technology is one thing, but the most important aspect of this is making an experience with it that people will actually use on a day to day basis. So the following is 3 major factors that must be at play to allow this tech to work.

    1) The technology must be finished and polished.
    2) The technology must have an experience or subscription that people will use on a day to day basis
    3) The price must be competitive.

    Looking at no.1, I think the only players how can achieve this is Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei or possibly Microsoft. This players have huge R&D and can iterate and re-iterate in the labs until they get the perfect one.

    2) Although Netflix and Amazon Prime are great services that you can get on all devices, they will prove to be best on these foldable phones, when you wanna watch something you can simply unfold the screen and go, but is this enough to get the customer to buy? No, in my opinion, I am watching Microsoft for this one, they have a new technology that is up and coming with streaming in real-time Xbox games, they can even let Xbox Game-Pass games work here, because face it, Phones are becoming more powerfull than the base Xbox now.

    3) The phone must be released with a payment plan. No if's, but's or maybe's. The Plan must include the killer gaming service, unlimited data and the price must match or exceed that of Apple's offerings if they want it to be effective and competitive. The reason I included the Xbox service here is that Nobody is offering this type of service right now, and seeing that 5G is one foot out the door, MS can use this as an opportunity for their hero device to showcase 5G and what it can do, this will be a major win on MS behave and we as customers will be pretty happy with the result.

    This is just my to cents.
    02-04-2019 09:49 AM
  25. mc_razza's Avatar
    I don't think foldable smartphones will go anywhere. It's a fad.
    02-10-2019 05:44 AM
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