Flip phones' resurrection with foldable display may beat the Galaxy Fold or Mate X designs
by Daniel Petrov / Apr 18, 2019, 9:14 AM
It seems that people are disappointed by the two current approaches to foldable phones - the horizontal in-folding type of the Galaxy Fold or the out-folding Mate X - at least on paper. There is another way, and it is exactly the one you prefer.
We probed you last week on Sharp's vertical in-folding phone patents that have now been translated into the working prototype you see in the video above, and the majority of our respondents went with what is essentially a foldable clamshell of sorts, followed by the Galaxy Fold "innie" design.
Is Sharp's 'flip phone' foldable a better concept than the Galaxy Fold or Mate X?
Nah, I prefer the Galaxy Fold approach
Nah, I prefer the Mate X approach
In fact, Sharp's approach is closer to what we imagined a foldable handset would be - an old-fashioned flip phone that has an uninterrupted screen where the hinge would be, making it compact to carry, and giving you a huge display when you need it.
Sharp's 6.2" OLED screen is certainly ready and can be folded 300,000 times before it creases, says Sharp. The more foldable form factors, the merrier and the resulting phone may end up being more compact than the Samsung or Huawei creations.
The Galaxy Fold and Mate X are chasing a different concept, and are rather bulky when folded in addition to impractical when unfurled. Watching YouTube on the unfurled display, for instance, renders 20%+ of their large displays underutilized which defeats the purpose of lugging a bulky and expensive foldable phone with you.
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Doesn't add anything expect a fold to your regular current phone. Whats the advantage of a foldable flip ?
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 9:22 AM 3
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You need to have had and loved the flip phone of yesteryear to understand the elegance of this form factor. My first device was a T28 (the one with a button); I've gone through Sony-Ericsson, Samsung (the first flip without antenna), Motorola (the very first phone I touched was a D-some_number almost 25 years ago, I drooled about the StarTac, finally got a V1XX and than the famous V3). Oh, what a feeling to flip open the phone :)!!!
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 12:02 PM 1
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With people already carrying 6.2 inch screens in their pockets without the need of folding them. I am trying to understand why someone would pay an “additional” $1000 just to carry it around slightly more easily. I mean apart from folding it in half, the end usage is still going to be the same.
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 9:43 AM 2
Well.. I'm sure you'll understand when someone combine this "flip" form factor with 6+ inch 21:9 display like the one on xperia 1 or xperia 10+
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 10:21 AM 0
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Anything other than apple making a foldable phone would be useless imo. Imagine having their phone UI and tablet UI and features all in one pocketable phone. That phone will be nuts. The gold in it's current state still uses a phone UI (both folded and unfolded) which is quite frankly a waste of time imo. Apple tablets are the only tablets that matter at this point. They've got the Eco system, apps, features and developers. It will be game over for everyone but off course, knowing apple, that will never happen, sadly.
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 11:29 AM 1
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There is nothing more satisfying than the sound of a flip phone being slapped shut when hanging up on someone while irate. Though I suspect these new phones won’t be able to tolerate that without smashing the screen.
posted on Apr 18, 2019, 12:11 PM 0
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