Samsung is perhaps the largest company rumored to be working towards launching a foldable smartphone. To be quite honest these rumours have been in the air for more than a year now, with the latest reports saying the device could launch in early next year.
But Samsung is not the only one who’s racing to build a foldable phone that expands into a tablet. Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Lenovo have both revealed prototype foldable devices, and they’re not very aesthetically pleasing, to put it mildly.
This is mostly because they’ve got huge bezels all around them, and also there’s an ugly crease in the middle of the screen when you try to fold up the screen. Another Chinese smartphone maker called ZTE recently announced their smartphone called as the Axon M, which will be sold exclusively on AT&T and it looks like a bigger joke.
This is because it has a bigger crease as it’s actually just two screens fixed together on a hinge. You could say that it’s basically a rotated Nintendo 3DS. It has been proven that history has not favored many of the foldable devices or dual-screen mobiles of any kind but of course, flip phones are a different story.
Kyocera’s Echo phone with two screens was also released in 2011 and it was a complete flop. Quite possibly only the phone nerds would even remember this device. Even though it had more of a slider-hinge, but the idea was the same: to have two screens when an app calls for it.
Also, there is the fact that before the Echo, Kyocera showed off an “EOS” concept foldable phone and obviously it never materialized.
If one remembers Sony’s Tablet P, it wasn’t technically a phone, but it folded in half and had two screens. Most likely that you’ve probably never heard of it, or haven’t thought about it for years.
For that matter how about NEC’s Medias W foldable phone that looks uncannily like the phone that inspired the Axon M?
Single Foldable Screens Are The Way To Go
It can be said that foldable smartphones and dual-screen phones just don’t work. A single, large edge-to-edge screen is in our opinion the best solution to the problem and that’s the direction that all phones are moving towards.
It is quite natural that we all think we want a larger screen (why do you think Samsung put a projector into a phone?), but actually, we don’t really need it.
But if anyone can pull off a foldable phone, it’s Samsung. The company has a rich history of challenging the status quo. From phones with built-in pocket projectors (Galaxy Beam) to phones with 10x optical zoom (Galaxy S4 Zoom), to curved glass edges (which is now a signature design element featured on all of its flagship phones), you can say Samsung dares to think differently.