The present era is focused on the word ‘progress.’ Everything is made faster than before, sleeker than before, and overall better than before. Just take a look at the automobiles that are being made today. In comparison to the old Cadillacs and Aston Martins, they’ve got more horsepower, are wirelessly connected to the internet, and even come equipped with self-driving technology. Updates upon updates are being unveiled which are making the older versions obsolete. Such is the case with mobile phones as well.
Initially, large and bulky, mobile phones have taken a turn towards being more delicate and keyless. At first, they were considered simple devices which came with a set of basic functions, primarily used for calling and then sending text messages. But now, they’ve evolved into these smart devices which enable the user to perform multiple functions at the same time, from sending business emails to remotely locking the front door. Not only has the functionality improved, but the design has undergone groundbreaking changes as well. One such addition is that of a foldable, multi-dimensional screen instead of a single-dimensional one, which is on the horizon this year as of this writing.
Samsung and some of the other top brands have been working on perfecting this technology. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy X, Apple Foldable iPhone, and Motorola Razr are in the final stages of the design pipeline, supporting a flexible display that can be folded in half. It might even remove the line between smartphone and tablet. But, how exactly will a foldable screen impact our smartphone usage? What changes will it bring? Let’s find out below.
No More Cracked Screens:
Glass is glass, no matter how strong its composition. The current smartphones are being made with Corning Gorilla Glass, expected to withstand high-pressure impacts. But, then again you see videos of these people accidentally dropping their brand new smartphone and seeing all their money being flushed down the drain like the shards of the cracked display. How can we counter this major flaw in the mobile phone? With foldable screens, that’s how. Yes, once the display is made with a material that’s flexible enough to eliminate any breaking, then your smartphone might be able to survive even the severest of falls. No more cracked screens, or so we hope.
Better Angled Cameras:
We love taking pictures, don’t we? And the higher the quality, the better the result. It is one of the major features we look for when purchasing a new smartphone. But, usually what happens is that the camera quality is asymmetrically distributed. Either the front camera is given a higher megapixel count or the rear camera is, but never both. And this ruins the overall picture-taking experience. But, with foldable screens this roadblock might finally be eliminated. A single high-quality camera could function as both the rear and the front one, and might even give more than one angle or dimensions to capture spectacular pictures. This could open a lot of avenues and for this, we are pretty excited. It would be the best of both worlds.
Multi-tasking on the Go:
Once you follow your mobile phone’s journey, you’ll find that it is a story of constant upgrades. It started with 2GB of RAM and went up to 8GB. The camera quality began with a mere 5-megapixels and now you can find full 24-megapixel cameras. Mobile networks traveled from 2G to 4G LTE, while it also gained the ability to channel in-house internet connection from providers like Spectrum packages. Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition technologies also became a part of the modern smartphone infrastructure. From keypads to flips to touch interface, the screen also went through multiple changes and all for the better.
Still, there is room for improvement. And this is where the foldable screen comes in. Its flexible interface is expected to allow greater opportunities for multi-tasking. You could open more than one app on the foldable screen, which would give the impression of two workable displays, and operate them simultaneously.
So far, mobile companies have been working to create slimmer and lighter smartphone designs, which are easy to carry around, especially in pockets. But, with the advent of the foldable screen, the weight of the average smartphone is expected to increase. With two display screens literally hinged to each other, you might actually be able to feel the aggregate weight of both, which would be greater than a normal smartphone’s. This could be a pro in the sense that a heavier phone would make its presence known to the user and might not easily slip out of the hand like its thinner counterpart. It could very well be a con too, in the sense that it becomes too heavy during usage.
Death Blow to Tablets:
Do you remember the hype that was created when the first tablet or iPad hit the market? People lined up outside shops and shelves went empty. But, the rage that was instantaneously created died down eventually when tablets fell out of favor as cumbersome devices. Laptops and smartphones were now on top and are still on the rise. But, what will give the final death blow to the tablet phenomenon is the foldable screen smartphone. Yes, this variety’s expected to obliterate the tablets from the technological scene.
Even though we still don’t have a concrete date for the foldable-screened smartphone’s debut, these impacts are sure to happen.