Samsung is arguably the most innovative smartphone manufacturer in the world. On their Galaxy series, they introduced tons of beautiful, functional display features and form factors, such as curved screens and phablets. In 2019, they have wowed the world with yet some other impressive features in their new pieces of tech – Galaxy Fold and Galaxy s10.
With the steady screen size increase with every smartphone model, the line between smartphones and tablets have become ever so blurry. The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s idea of completely erasing that line in the most unusual way, which is a device that is both a smartphone and a tablet.
The striking, standout feature of the Fold is the bendable screen that you can Fold to half the size to use as a phone, or open it up to transform it into a fantastic tablet. How does this game-changing feature influence the industry? This article will discuss Samsung’s iteration of this feature and what it means for the smartphone industry.
Samsung’s Foldable Screen Technology on the Galaxy fold
The Galaxy Fold allows you to own a tablet on which you can perform typical phone stuff as well as carry it around with the convenience of a smartphone for just $1,990.
This innovative gadget features two displays:
- an outside 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio
- an inner 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dyanic AMOLED canvas with a form factor of 4.2:3, which is revealed by opening the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Fold’s outer screen mode is where the Fold serves as a phone; this display is convenient for texting, calling, social media, and other normal phone activities. For a tablet experience, the device can be opened up to reveal a stunning 7.3-inch display. You can use up to three different apps simultaneously with this fantastic display.
Also, Samsung introduced a new feature called App Continuity, which allows you to keep using a specific app when switching between displays. For instance, if you were texting on WhatsApp and want to watch a video you received, opening up the device gives you the same WhatsApp but an interface that merges the entire experience.
The benefits of the foldable screen are countless, but we do not think that the Galaxy Fold is a good iteration of the technology because of its distinct, unacceptable shortcomings.
Some users have reported screen cracks after barely a day or two of buying this gadget and using it usually. Most of these were due to the users removing the thin material that looks like a screen protector. Samsung says this is a protective layer that should never be removed, and that removal would cause screen issues. This layer looks outstandingly similar to an ordinary screen protector that is meant to be removed, so most users took it off on their units.
The screen issues do not all stem from the removal of the protective layer, however. The hinges are not as impeccable as Samsung would like us to believe. Debris in the flap tends to cause bulges on the screen, which eventually breaks it.
Annoyingly, these issues are not caused by poor handling or age; they simply show up within days of using this smartphone. Surely this technology was bound to have a couple of issues given it is Samsung’s first go at foldable displays, and it will improve in coming models. However, that fact does not mean that a pricey device developing screen cracks and breaks after one or two days of normal use was not a colossal failure.
Apart from the cracking, some users have also noticed some creases on their screens caused by folding the device. Although Samsung released a video to show the harsh folding tests that these devices endure before they are put in the market, this concern is valid and unacceptable for a device that expensive and heralded as the future of smartphones.
What the Galaxy Fold means to the future of smartphones
The two displays of the Galaxy Fold, portability of such device, as well as the sophisticated hinges holding it all together will undoubtedly mean a lot for the smartphone industry in several ways.
Already, following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, other manufacturers such as LG, Huawei, Motorola, Oppo, and others are taking the initiative and debuting their foldable smartphones. The Galaxy Fold’s foldable screen is not Samsung’s only innovative design is just the beginning of alternative smartphone form factors; various patent filings show exciting times ahead for the company.
Samsung has patents for different display forms, such as a display that is foldable in two places and a phone that can bend around your arm. No doubt, foldable devices are here to stay, not for only Samsung, but smartphones in general.
Samsung scored poorly at its first try of what is a hugely innovative piece of tech, and has had to shelve the device because of the aforementioned issues. The idea of folding screens is incredibly useful and will undoubtedly be a hot trend in smartphones. This innovation will blaze the trail for foldable and wearable tech, giving users the experience of a super, high-end tablet with the portability and optional implicit of a top line smartphone, and a taste of App Continuity, all in one device.
However, the iteration of this tech on the Galaxy Fold was a failure as it could not withstand the first few hours of regular use, as the screen cracks and shows ugly bulges and creases with minimal usage. We do believe that Samsung will return to the drawing board and bounce back with considerable improvements to their foldable displays in future devices.