Just a few days ago, Samsung unveiled a number of new devices, including the company’s first folding smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Without a doubt is a real innovation as it is the first truly commercial device of its kind, although its price of $2,000 does not make it very competitive in today’s market.
However, as is often the case when new technology arrives, it is not a perfect device. There are certain details of the design that, and this is my opinion, demonstrate that is a retail prototype . A first model to test the market and understand if such a device really has a place.
And here lies the big difference between Samsung and Apple, the company of the apple does not launch prototypes. Sure, Apple has several folding iPhone designs on the table , we’ve already seen some patents, but these won’t be released until a clear reason is found to improve the user experience.
The first point that we must ask ourselves is about the real utility of this type of device . No doubt the idea of having a smartphone and a tablet in the same device is interesting, but what is more important, the smartphone or the tablet?
Samsung seems to be clear about this and its Samsung Galaxy Fold is mainly a tablet that folds in half, just like this folding iPhone concept. The panel they have left on the outside is really not at all attractive or comfortable to use. In the era of “frameless smartphones” this screen stands out for bad . It should not be forgotten that when it is folded it takes up twice as much space as a normal smartphone.
In addition to these drawbacks, when the Samsung Galaxy Fold is folded it is wedge-shaped , i.e. the screens are not fully glued. This is something that current technology obviously limits, but it makes using the screen outside not entirely pleasant.
For these reasons it seems clear that Samsung wants us to use mostly the internal flex screen , i.e. to use the deployed Samsung Galaxy Fold. Remember that this screen is over 7 inches, so it’s not really a matter of how you use it on a daily basis, unless you’re sitting down.
Using this internal screen you will see how Samsung has entered the hated and select group of manufacturers who use a notch on their screen . This notch is located on the side of the device and takes up quite a bit of space, although, again, we imagine that this is due to the limitations of current technology.
As we can see there are quite a few doubts about the design as the technology does not yet allow it to be improved and there are also doubts about the usefulness, does this mean that we will stop using smartphones to use folded tablets? And that’s leaving aside the issue of the durability of that flexible screen over the years.
There are still many issues on the table and for that very reason Apple is not going to release a folding iPhone soon , and it’s really not something that matters. When Apple releases something it is because it firmly believes in it and it really means an improvement for the users. A Samsung Galaxy Fold style iPhone doesn’t improve what we currently have, as a smartphone the iPhone is better and it is clear that the iPad clearly outperforms it as a tablet. The Apple Watch is an example, it wasn’t the first but it is without a doubt the best smartwatch and the best seller.
In my opinion Samsung has tried to get ahead of the rest of the industry with a great innovation , there is no doubt about that, but it remains to be seen if this innovation will succeed. In the past we have seen other innovations, such as the curved screen of the Galaxy Round, that did not succeed.
It’s possible that flexible and folding screens will eventually prevail, but I sincerely believe that the future of this technology is closer to the prototype we saw of Xiaomi than to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. At least that’s what I expect from Apple and a future folding iPhone. When it comes out, we’ll know exactly why we need it.