Let’s go back to the year 2013. Social media is marathoning its way to the top. Smartphones are starting to churn out high-end units. People are all caught up to make friends online. Everyone is dancing to Harlem Shake.
This is also the year when Samsung showed the possibility of foldable phones in the future.
Samsung only showed it to their financial analysts by the time, not allowing photos or any form of visual media. Impressed statements from the analysts made more people anticipate for its release.
And now back to the present era. People are still caught up to make friends online, but now with higher-quality devices.
Just a few months into 2019, Samsung introduced Galaxy Fold into the tech world.
The Galaxy Fold operates like a simple phone when folded.
But when you open (unfold) it, the device becomes a tablet.
It’s for individuals who want to have a tablet and a cellphone at the same time. It’s also aiming for people who wanted to multi-task with their phones. Here are the specs of the said device:
Main Display: 7.3” QXGA+ Dynamic Amoled (4.2:3)
Cover Display: 4.6” HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)
10MP Selfie Camera F2.2
16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.2
Rear Triple Camera
12MP Wide-Angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4
12MP Telephoto Camera. PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X Optical Zoom
Front Dual Camera
10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2
8MP RGB Depth Camera F1.9
12GB RAM (LPDDR4x), 512GB (UFS 3.0)
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wired Charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
With its impressive specs, everyone is looking forward to its release. Social media apps are filled with posts about the major change foldable phones are going to bring in. Reviewers who got the Galaxy Fold Units in advance were excited using the said device.
But the supposed-to-be exciting release led to some disastrous results.
Instead of publishing raving reviews of the device, early users were disappointed. Only a few days of using the device, people were already complaining about the broken screen. This is mostly their fault though, as you’re not supposed to peel off the outer plastic of the Samsung Fold.
Another concern from the reviewers is the chunky bezels. Having thick bezels on the upper and lower part of the foldable unit part can be distracting. This is a huge downgrade, compared to thin bezels on phones right now.
There are also unwanted creases from the middle of the tablet screen, and everyone is not pleased with it.
Supposed to be launch by April 26, 2019, Samsung postponed the official launch. This is to fix the problem, as well to figure out how to effectively stop users from peeling off the outer plastic.
With the underwhelming launch, the internet is asking everyone not to buy foldable phones yet. Here the common reasons:
So far, the Galaxy Fold is using a plastic polymer to protect the displays. With this, users can surely expect to scuff and crease their phone displays.
There are still compromises when it comes to physical design. As it requires to take up a lot of space, the foldable smartphone is thicker and not as convenient to put in your pocket.
More apps are now screen responsive. But there are still professional, gaming, and social media apps that aren’t ready.
With a typical smartphone, you’ll only need to protect the front and rear area of the phone. But with the new foldable phones, you’ll need to protect multiple screens and cameras.
Aside from the fact that using a foldable phone is risky, there are barely any protective cases for it. And even if Samsung’s device will launch this year, it’ll still take time for manufacturers to make one.
As this is the first launch, it’s expected that foldable smartphones will come with a hefty price tag.
But considering the problems mentioned and the disappointing launch, you might wanna take a step back. Maybe waiting for a few years for the next gen of foldable phones is not a bad idea.
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