Folding mobiles will be the future, but not the present

We are at a time when the smartphone market seems stuck, with customers holding their devices for longer due to rising price increases, and that also do not find news interesting enough to justify a change to the new generation. In this time of "crisis" from which even Apple does not escape, it is normal for brands to find ways to break the market.

And it seems that the new golden egg hen has been found in folding phones, or at least they try to make us see brands like Samsung and Huawei, which They have presented their first bets for this type of smartphone from two very different perspectives, but with the same objective: to convince the user That is what he wants and what he needs. However, although I do not doubt that the future is this type of smartphone, doubts about its current usefulness and designs that make water in many aspects do have something safe: they are not the present.

A concept that falls in love

The idea is fantastic and anyone would find many problems to resist it: the best of a smartphone and a tablet in a single device. Do youWho would not want to have in his pocket a 6-inch smartphone that when necessary can open and become a larger tablet? Waiting for those holographic screens that we see in movies and series to become real, right now it seems that flexible screens are the solution to this new technological challenge.

Imagine carrying your iPad in your pocket, folded in the size of your iPhone, even if it is large like the XS Max. Or for lovers of smaller smartphones, carry an iPhone SE in your pocket that when you deploy is like an iPad Mini. This is what many dream and what we have seen in numerous renders or even videos for years. And this is what Samsung and Huawei have tried to approach.

Samsung Galaxy Fold, the rush is not good

The Korean brand was the first to present its flexible model, the Galaxy Fold, betting on a design that although in a first phase got the applause of the attendees, time has caused many to change their minds. Samsung has opted to include an internal screen of 7.3 "when it is open, and that when folded is inside, leaving out another independent screen, 4.6".

The end result is a very large and very thick smartphone with only a 4.6 ”screen, and a small tablet of only 7.3”. The design reminds a lot of the Nokia E90 Communicator, and by many good memories that this smartphone and the classic sympathy that the technologies of the past awaken bring us, a phone that claims to be the future of smartphones cannot remember a phone from more than 10 years ago. With a thickness of 17mm, the Galaxy Fold is more than twice as thick as an iPhone XS Max that has 7.7mm.

Huawei Mate X, better design but with many doubts

Huawei approaches folding smartphones in a completely opposite way, leaving the screen outside. In this way it manages to dispense with a secondary screen and also achieves a much better finished design, with a much more modern terminal, attractive to the eye and thin. Its display is larger than that of the Galaxy Fold, reaching 8 ”when it is deployed, and divided into two screens (6.6” and 6.38 ”) when folded. When you leave the screen outside you get a thinner design, just 11mm folded, a little higher than the 7.7mm of the iPhone XS Max, but away from the 17mm of the Galaxy fold.

But this design, being undoubtedly much more refined than that of the Galaxy Fold, continues to raise many doubts. A screen on the outside that occupies almost the entire terminal in front and behind? Do youHow is this protected? How will the screen stand the test of time and external aggressions? Here it should be noted that the screen is covered by a layer of plastic, since the glass cannot be folded, so it seems impossible that it does not end scratched, even more taking into account that there is no possible cover that can protect the device.

Square screen, a bad option

In which both models coincide is that when the screen is displayed it is square, which makes sense if we want the folding of the design to be that of a normal (rectangular) smartphone, but none if we think of practical utility of the screen when deployed. When would we want our smartphone to have a larger screen? The quick answer sure would include in most cases the display of multimedia content and games. In both cases the square screen suspends.

With multimedia content that is usually in 16: 9, 18: 9 or even 21: 9 format, a square screen means that we will lose more than half of the useful surface when viewing it. In the case of the Huawei Mate X, which has a resolution of 2480 × 1148 on its front screen and 2480 × 2200 when deployed, when watching a video we would not gain anything by displaying the screen. Something similar would happen with the games, most adapted for 4: 3 or panoramic screens, but in no case square screens.

A promising future but still much to improve

There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X have made the headlines of the last days, the cafeteria conversations and the technology forums, and it is not necessary to take away the merit of both companies to risk being first to launch this new technology. But both have done so without responding to the many problems that arise. Their goal has been to get the headline, the applause of the public and the immediate admiration of the media, but at no time have they thought about whether their product is suitable for the public.

I am not sure if the future will be mobile phones, although I would like it to be so. It may stay on the road, as modular mobiles stayed, or this may be just the first step towards how smartphones will be in a few years. What is clear is that when we have that smartphone of the future in our hands, I'm sure it will be very different to what we are seeing these days.

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