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Do you think foldable smartphones are the future? Could they replace current phones?

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Samsung is widely perceived to have reached its success in phones by being a 'quick follower', implementing innovation and features that others have first introduced, but it was also the innovator in many cases.

Samsung's biggest contribution to the current phone market is probably the introduction of the 'phablet' category with the Galaxy Note series. These days, the 5.3" Galaxy Note would not even be considered a proper phablet, as the title is usually reserved for phones 5.5" and bigger.

As most other innovation in the smartphone space becomes gradual rather than radical, recent rumors agree that Samsung has finally broken all barriers towards a major new phone category: the foldable phone. Previously only depicted in make-believe concept videos, but never in a real, mass-market product, the foldable phone has been a dream the caliber of sci-fi mirages like the jetpack.

Now, Samsung is said to be preparing the first foldable smartphones that will have a 5" screen in their unfolded form, but that could fold out to an 8" tablet-like device, in early 2017. Just like the original Galaxy Note from way back in 2011, the promise is even bigger than we might think now. And just like then, Samsung is again way ahead of its competitors with this idea. At least that's the optimistic take on Samsung's foldable phone, a device that no one has seen yet. Do you share that optimism? Do you think that foldable phones will replace the current, 'regular' phones? Or will they be a niche? Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts on this emerging technology in the comments right below.

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Do you think foldable phones are the future?
Yes, they have the potential to replace current phones 75.06% (668 votes) (668 votes)
No, does not seem like they have that potential 24.94% (222 votes) (222 votes)

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posted on 07 Jun 2016, 06:29 8

1. sebbellic01 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 May 2016)


The tablet/phone combo is a great idea, just needs to be executed in the right way

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 06:40 3

5. neela_akaash (Posts: 1231; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


IMO, any mechanical component should not be used in a smartphone.... it reduces the longevity of the product.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 08:11 1

20. buccob (Posts: 2767; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


it depends on how well is engineered and the life cycle meant to last...

I have a Portable Multimedia Player from 2005 that I recently found on my old boxes and it still works (except for the battery) and the device has many mechanical components... It has buttons, instead of touchscreen, it has a HDD, the battery is hold by spring mechanism.

I wish today phones were made with similar craftsmanship and quality... even when being careful most of my devices won't last 2 years...

So back to your comment, I think either foldable devices or transformer such as the PadFone can be the future... however the other great possibility is Modular phones...

I would definitely buy a new PadFone if Asus were to release one right now... but I think I might pass and get a Transformer 3 Pro instead, and get a modular device as a next phone.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 23:59

37. cncrim (Posts: 916; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Yep, like you're said PMP is seating doing nothing and most today phone you have is getting use daily......

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 08:19 1

21. sgodsell (Posts: 5050; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If they can make a phone physical only 4" with the display, plus the display could fold out to 6.5", and it works flawlessly. Then why not. It would be great to have something small and pocketable, but when you need a larger display for videos or VR, then it becomes full size. Now that would be really cool.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 11:21

27. nctx77 (Posts: 2487; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You just took the words right out of my mouth.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 06:31 6

2. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


hell yeah!!!
but not soon, maybe 5-10 more years to make it practical enough, and then holographic tech or implanted device will replace those foldable smartphone

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 06:33 13

3. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


This would be great if it could have full Windows 10 on it.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 07:10 3

13. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Windows 10 is a joke..

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 07:30 13

14. dazzmichael (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


only because you don't like it.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 07:55

17. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 405; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


But I don't like it either. Why? Most windows 10 tablets uses RISC chips. While the SP4 is only available on selected countries which makes it harder for it to return if the device is malfunctioning. Here in my country. We do have a windows store. But it didn't carry those SP or the SB models. Cause they're too expensive! Expensive enough to bought an Acer Predator 17 inch laptop.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 10:37

26. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Yeah, I'm not a fan of RISC chips either, I prefer CISC simply because the operating systems that run on CISC chips are far more capable.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 14:34 1

30. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Well i buyed an Asus G750 gamer laptop and i had to send it to the US to have the dvd burned repaired because its was not working as intended.

thats part of life when you dont live in USA directly.

PS: i am in Canada here.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 02:38

38. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Looking at its poor adoption rates... i'm not the only one who is not so excited about it.

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 14:33 1

29. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Ahovking can you run most PC games on your mobile OS? nope.
Can you run full fledged professional application on your mobile OS? mostly no!

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 02:40

39. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


What a pointless post.. Whats your point?

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 16:28

32. Bernoulli (Posts: 4338; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


and I take it as you've invested yourself in the system fully enough to make that judgement, right?

posted on 07 Jun 2016, 21:08

36. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


nope, just some stupid blind hating, as usual for him.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 02:46

41. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Your one of the sadist trolls on phonearena..

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 03:41

42. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


sadist troll? LOL
Everyone here knows that you are the troll, a horribly biased one too.
Also to your reply to Bernoulli, re-read his/her comment, it's clear that the reply is for you, you just don't get what he/she said.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 06:47

43. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Unlike you.. i try and not be bias... I Aggressively attack apple on articles like the "Leaked diagrams reveal that the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be slightly thicker" and "Alleged Apple plates confirm larger rear camera for iPhone 7, dual cameras for iPhone 7 Plus"

And on articles like "Apple orders 72-78 million iPhone 7 devices this year, significantly above analyst estimates" i mocked them and hoped they to sell under 50 Millions and lose a good amount to market to HTC or to Samsung.

Yet i also prised them on articles like "Apple may want to take longer between major iPhone upgrades from now on" because i agree that upgrade cycles for everyone from Apple to HTC is to high

You however seem to be someone who doesn't contribute to any discussion and just spam anti Apple talk and attacking other users for being a troll... Like i said.. Sadist Troll here.

And i would wager your response to this.. will prove your are an android fangirl who is just spamming this site.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 08:44

44. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Congratulations, you just gone full techiexp, you expect me to read that long essay?
Ask everyone here who is more unbiased between us.
Also, you are one of the stupid ones who label every who argues with you an android fanboy.
Heck you don't even know what devices I own and love.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 22:30

49. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


It looks big and scary, i know but 80% of the text is the article names.

I feel pretty confident you don't use anything Apple, and since both Windows and Android dominate their respected markets... its reasonable to assume your an android user who loves the inconsistence of windows 10.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 23:36

50. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Even if I tell you that I own an iPad mini 2 and planning to upgrade when the next one comes out, because I believe iPads are THE BEST non-windows tablets, you wouldn't believe me, because your narrow-mindedness has already labeled me an android fanboy.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 01:01

52. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


With Phones, Computers etc i can understand augments why Apple Phones and Computers are just not up to the job compared to their competitors... Tablet wise... Apple is doing more better (Windows is blowing it out of the park but it feels like its too late).. so no i would totally believe you might own an iPad.

Sadly... you've seen me prise Apple once.. and automatically assigned me as a radicalized fangirl like yourself... ignoring the articles were we both comment on and i rip into how cheap Apple is and how they have been ruining the iPhone since 4s.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 01:44

54. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Seen praise Apple once? nope, you praise Apple everywhere, and frequently bash Android.
Also, how can I be a fanboy if I also bash Android for it's flaws and it's blind fanboys like TechieXP etc? Your basis is unfounded.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 03:39

56. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Ive already listed articles where i prised Android and ripped Apple apart.. My favourite is hoping Apple sells no more than 50 million iPhone 7 and for its sharemarket to go to HTC and Samsung.... because i lately cant stand what apple have been doing.. i've said this multiple times in different articles...

Your a fangirl because you spam discussion without contributing to the debate themselves, name 3 articles like i have done where you said one thing positive about Apple.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 04:09

58. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


"Not worth the effort"

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 07:52

60. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Why call me a fanboy if you cant back it up.

The sad fact is i've attacked Apple and will continue to do so... but i wont criticise them for doing something agree with...and the same to go with Android.

posted on 08 Jun 2016, 02:44

40. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


No idea who your responding too because you haven't discovered the "reply" button yet, i'll guess its me.

I use windows 10 daily since last year... its a great improvement over windows 8 but its just not to the same standard as OS X and especially linux.

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