There been plenty of rumors that the who’s who of mobile manufacturers (Samsung / Huawei etc) are trying to snag the title of releasing the world’s first ‘foldable’ smartphone, as in screen foldable…however noticed this on the tech pages today that a little known company Royole is likely to beat them to it…with shipping possible by December 2018;
I had a clamshell phone once, a Nokia 6125. It was a first in several aspects for me:
First foldable phone, coming from two Nokia candybar phones
First digital camera (for real) - 1.3 Megapixels!
First MP3 player
First phone with a colour screen
It was in 2007. I loved how small it was. Battery life, as was the norm at the time, was amazing, up to a week depending on the use. It came with a 256MB MicroSD card I promptly filled with music. I later swapped for a 2GB card, and the thing took two minutes just to read the card and show the songs. It had FM radio.
Still, after a couple of years - remember when we held on to phones for years? - the hinge started to weaken. I was very careful, but it still happened.
Moving parts are the weakest spots on any machine. Phones today are way more fragile than they used to be. I’m suspicious.
Meh, I watched the demo and the amount of screen lag and how the screen freaked out about which orientation it was in is a big no no. That company should not have rushed this product as it will make them look even worse in the end. I would rather wait for Samsung or chapple to refine and do it better
In my opinion, this is the next big design change in the evolution of phones. Funny how we went from flip phones, to the iPhone-like phones, and now we are going back to a “flip” phone. With that being said, I don’t think 2019 will be the year. 2020 is much more likely.
Yeah this thing is just a prototype. Anyone who buys it is not right in the head! I’m interested in finding out if the one Samsung is introducing next year will be any good. I’m not buying it, but I am always interested in cool ideas that move the industry forward!
hahhaha that gap though. Seriously look how unwieldy that thing is when folded. and that’s only for a 4 inch phone factor, when most Current phones are 5-6.3", in a smaller form factor. Not to mention even with that giant gap, you only get 3800mah battery to power a 7 inch screen? and why does the back half of screen stay turned on to a desktop background image when it’s in phone mode.