Foldable Phones – The future or just a phase?

Foldable phones are the new thing in technology. We have been eagerly anticipating foldable phones for years, without really thinking about the repercussions. But, now, with the launch of the Royole Flexpai, foldable phones are here. Yes, this is a very early version, and companies like Samsung, Huawei and probably other Chinese phone makers will improve the experience, but do we really want it? After all these years of waiting, what were we really waiting for?

The First

The Royole Flexpai has a very high price tag while missing out on simple features that most regular phones have. Is the foldable screen enough to earn it? Well, in my opinion, no. From the slow software to the uneven bezels, it is a really bad phone. In every area. I, personally, along with most of the tech world, would love to have a foldable phone. However, I am not willing to have a foldable screen and a rubbish Chinese phone. I really feel like the makers of this phone took one of their below-average phones, and a foldable display, and smashed them together, and added £600 to the price. 

Despite that, though, this is still an exciting phone. It paves the way for the future of smartphones, and opens up an entirely new category of devices. Royole will forever be remembered as that random Chinese company that made the first foldable phone.


I feel like the makers of this phone took one of their phones and a foldable display, smashed them together, and added £600 to the price


Next

At this point, we pretty much know what is going to be the next phone with a foldable display; the Samsung Galaxy, to be launched in March(ish). Will I be getting it? No. I know that now because, if a rubbish foldable phone costs about the same as the latest iPhones, then one by Samsung will cost about twice that. I just don’t have £2000 to throw away at a first-gen product. However, that doesn’t mean that nobody should.

Samsung demoed their foldable phone at their developer conference not long ago, and 2 things jumped out at me. First, the bezels. The demo phone had very large bezels, which, of course, is to throw us off the scent of the actual design. However, it made me think that we may be expecting bezels bigger than the nearly two-year-old S8, or even the Note 8. That would bother me. If I was paying for a £2000 phone, I would be expecting a brilliant, incredible design, with bezels at least as thin as the S9. 

The second thing that jumped out at me was the screen sizes. The smaller of the two is 4.5″, and the larger one is 7.3″. That literally could not be more inconvenient for me. The 4.5″ display is too small to use as a primary display, but the 7.3″ is too big to use as a normal phone display. I expected something more along the lines of a 6″ display which folds out to a 10″ display. That, for me, would be ideal. I hope they will change this in the final model, but who knows.

 

So, in conclusion, if you use a tablet often, and need a phone and a tablet, then I would recommend waiting for another 6 months, and then choosing, so you have a choice of a few companies, including Samsung and Huawei. If you don’t use a tablet now, then the chances are that, if you’re not a mega-rich tech enthusiast, you won’t be picking up one of these next-gen phones. What are your opinions of the Royole Flexpai, and the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy F which will be almost immediately blown out of the water by whatever Huawei calls their foldable phone? Let me know in the comments below.