Will Foldable Smartphones Be The Future Of Smartphones?

There has been a lot of buzz over the Samsung Galaxy Fold and it is taking over the Internet by storm. If you’re often on social media, you’re bound to have heard of it, but how much do you know about this foldable smartphone? It does sound pretty novel, but did you also know that Huawei has also released a foldable smartphone — the Huawei Mate X?

Think of these foldable smartphones as a 2-in-1. When folded, they serve as a smartphone. When unfolded, they transform into a tablet. They are designed to help us multitask better (like using three apps all at once with the Samsung Galaxy Fold), revolutionising our productivity and entertainment experiences beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone. These new gadgets aren’t just a gimmick — they each have something special and new to offer to the already saturated smartphone market.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

HOW THE FOLDING TECHNOLOGY WORKS

The Galaxy Fold has a sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears, allowing it to open smoothly and naturally, and close in a flat and compact manner. The smartphone also uses a new polymer layer invented by Samsung and has a display 50% thinner than a typical smartphone’s, making it flexible and tough, built to last.

 

User Using Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

DISPLAY

Type: Dynamic Super AMOLED for cover display and Dynamic AMOLED for main display.
Size when Unfolded: 7.3 inches
Size when Folded: 4.6 inches

The Galaxy Fold allows you to open up to three apps simultaneously on the main display, great for multitaskers! When you open and close your Galaxy Fold, apps will automatically show where you leave off.

 

Screenshot from Tech Insider’s Video

 

HARDWARE

Chipset and RAM: The Galaxy Fold is equipped with a high-powered, next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM with PC-like performance.
Battery: Samsung Galaxy Fold has a battery capacity of 4380mAh. It is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously through Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger so you can leave your second charger at home.

 

User Using Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

DESIGN

Colours: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue

 

L – R, Astro Blue, Martian Green, Cosmos Black, Space Silver

 

CAMERA

There are six camera lenses in total, ranging from 8MP to 16MP. The Galaxy Fold is pretty much suited for anything. It has two selfie cameras, an ultra wide camera, a wide-angle camera, a telephoto camera and a RGB depth camera.

 

OTHER FEATURES 

The fingerprint scanner is found on the side where the thumb naturally rests, so the device unlocks easily. Two batteries and the components are evenly distributed so the Galaxy Fold will feelsbalanced in your hands.

Bixby, a virtual assistant developed by Samsung Electronics, is supported with new personal intelligence functionalities like Bixby Routines to help anticipate your needs and Samsung Knox to keep your data and information safe. Other features like Samsung Pay and Samsung Health will also be available for Galaxy Fold users.

 

 

Huawei Mate X

 

Huawei Mate X

 

HOW THE FOLDING TECHNOLOGY WORKS

The Mate X uses a Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, ensuring the screen will not over stretch while folding or bulge while unfolding. The soft screen is said to be able to bend and stretch numerous times without compromise.

 

Screenshot from The Tech Chap’s Video

 

DISPLAY

Type: OLED
Size when Unfolded: 8 inches
Size when Folded: 6.6 inches for front panel, 6.38 inches for back panel

Everything, from reading to editing documents, feels better on a larger screen. You can also drag images from your photo gallery to your email in split-screen mode on the Mate X.

 

Dragging Image to Email

 

HARDWARE

Chipset and RAM: The Mate X is equipped with the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000 with unprecedented 5G download speeds, as well as 8GB of RAM.
Battery: The Huawei Mate X Has a battery capacity of 4500mAh. The battery supports HUAWEI SuperCharge. A new, purpose-designed battery, together with AI smart power saving technology allows for greater battery performance. In just 30 minutes, HUAWEI SuperCharge is able to charge the battery back to 85 percent.

 

DESIGN

Colours: Currently only available in Interstellar Blue, but more colours are expected.

 

CAMERA

Inside the Mate X’s slim body is the latest Leica cameras, supporting the most advanced imaging features to date. Mirror shooting is now possible with the Mate X — the dual screen design allows both the photographer and the subject to preview the shot in real time from both sides.

 

Mirror Shooting, Front and Back

 

OTHER FEATURES

The power switch is integrated with the fingerprint reader into one fast and secure button, so you can unlock and start using the Mate X with just one touch.

 

 

Both brands have impressive specs and different takes on how the foldable smartphone should be. Will we be seeing more of such foldable smartphones in the market? Maybe.

 


Samsung Galaxy Fold, available in the second quarter of 2019.
Huawei Mate X, available in mid-2019.