Foldable phones are coming

Discussion in 'mobiles, tablets and wearable tech' started by editor, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    This guy gets it too

    Some, such as Ben Wood, the chief of research at CCS Insight, see it as a “magnet for gadget lovers” that is “arguably a solution looking for a problem” – particularly as it costs more than twice as much as Samsung’s other new top-end phone the Galaxy S10+.
     
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  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

    So which bit of "magnet for gadget lovers" are you having trouble with?
     
  3. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I don't agree with that. The 'problem' is the trade off between portability and screen size. You can't pocket a tablet, so we've ended up with phablets, or carrying around two devices.

    This just builds on that. People obviously still want larger screens judging by the amount of tablets I see out there. Imagine being able to fold them up, stick them in your jeans, and use them as a phone too. It's just made two popular products into one. Like the smartphone did to the pocket camera and the ipod. Sure let the early adopters pay the big bucks, but once the price comes down I am well on board.
     
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  4. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Insane price but LOVE the look of this! Always wanted a foldable phone to replace my phone and tablet!


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  5. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Yup love for three split phone/tablet in Westworld!


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  6. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Cheap compared to the first mobile!
     
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  8. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    At least I’m encouraged that two of the biggest manufacturers are firmly committing to the folding phone concept. I feel it’ll be a while before I can afford one though.
     
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  9. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Looks very nice. Actually nicer than Samsung’s effort.

     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    That is pretty sensational.

    This new video from Samsung is pretty impressive too:

     
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  11. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    It folds the wrong way round :confused:
     
  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'm sure Apple will come up with something in a year or two that folds the right way for you.

    As for me, I'd take either of these two phones. It's real innovation.
     
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  13. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I want both of them. Now.

    Apparently the Mate X can charge from 0% to 85% in just 30 mins. Pretty incredible.
     
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  14. 8ball

    8ball Resident Right-Winger

    :D
     
  15. 8ball

    8ball Resident Right-Winger

    Do you have a pic or link to vid of that?
     
  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The early reviews of the Huawei Mate X suggest it might just deliver on its promise:

    Huawei Mate X hands on review | TechRadar
    Huawei Mate X hands-on review
    Huawei Mate X hands on: The most promising foldable phone yet
     
  18. 8ball

    8ball Resident Right-Winger

    Huawei mate? Tha's a canny fern - giz a deek.
     
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  19. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

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  20. donkyboy

    donkyboy Crazy cat man

    I notice how he folds and unfolds very carefully...doesn't fill one with great confidence.
     
  21. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

  22. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Absolutely incredible


     
  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The reviews are pretty solid



    Galaxy Fold hands-on: I tried Samsung's foldable phone IRL and it was amazing

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/tech...-crease/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.62e5cd4d4e56
     
  24. editor

    editor hiraethified


     
  25. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    The hinge, does that also mean the screen won't wear out in the meantime?
     
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  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I think they might have thought of that.
     
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  27. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    You would hope so, but it's not much good 18 months in when the screen has a crack/line down it from repeated bending. If they knew the screen wouldn't deteriorate wouldn't they have made a big point of that as well?
     
  28. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You don't think the screen was tested as well as the hinge when it was going through its 200,00 cycles?
     
  29. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    I would hope that it was, but I would have thought that if they knew the screen was also going to last five years they would have made a deal out of it, it's been pointed out by many people that the repeated bending of the screen is something they are suspicious of being a weak point. As Samsung have only said the hinge I wonder how long the actual screen lasts.
     
  30. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    it's like a smart nine-bar :D
     

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