Just two manufacturers this month announced the creation of folding smartphones with flexible display. And one of the producers was technogiant Samsung and it is expected that smartphones with a brand new form factor will go on General sale in the first half of 2019. But can this be called a breakthrough or a new trend?
In the last decade, thanks to Apple and its iPhone, the market is dominated by the form factor known in the industry as” candy bar ” (chocolate bar). Last week Samsung presented Infiniti Flex Display – the concept of the smartphone-tablet of the future. While about a device known not so much and at the moment of theobservatory the manufacturer a lot of questions, including the question of potential new products.
Opinions differ. Some columnists are optimistic and confident that the collapsing gadget will be a breakthrough and set a new trend. Others with skepticism note that while the novelty is seen as “heavy”, not very convenient and too expensive. There is an interesting version that the fashion for such a device will pass quickly. As the reviewers remind, in 2007 there were a lot of models with bizarre and even exotic shapes on the market, starting with the Motorola Razr flip-phone and ending with the N93 with Nokia mini-video camera. With the advent of the iPhone, the world learned about the wise philosophy of Steve jobs: the rejection of the buttons allowed to create a device that became a “slate” for application developers. The philosophy of jobs was relevant as long as manufacturers are able to produce gadgets with a sufficiently large screen, but not too difficult to use. Now the companies have reached a kind of “growth ceiling”, but can the form factor of the collapsing smartphone-tablet be the way out?
In 2019, such a compact novelty “three in one” (smartphone-tablet-laptop) can really make an impression, but if you look to the future, it is likely the concept is hopelessly outdated in just a couple of years. Writer Paul Ford describes the future of information technology as follows: “Computers will no longer have much value, because they are small and cheap to be built everywhere. Maybe I will use a personal computer in the office, but mostly I will tell the headphones what music I want to listen to and at the same time use the headphones as a wallet. Or I’ll wear a small wallet with a display, and my shoes will signal my headphones to change the song depending on the pace of walking. I’m going to be a walking cloud platform with lots of devices and a lot of hard drive.”