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Foldable phones, or their prices, have not impressed you enough just yet (results)

Foldable phones, or their prices, have not impressed you enough just yet (results)
There have been plenty of previews and spec rundowns of the first two foldables that will be duking it out for the hearts of early adopters in the next few months, plus we even had the first #Foldgate even before the bendy Galaxy has gone on sale. This is why we thought last week that you might have collected enough initial impressions to ask you whether you are angling for a foldable handset some time in your future, or, based on what you've seen so far in that market, you are good with your retro rigid phone screen. 

Lo and behold, more than two thirds of our 1000+ respondents find their large-screen handset good enough for their everyday purposes and, at least for now, don't need to unfurl it into a tablet size. There are plenty of reasons for that, and lack of interest is just one of the possibilities. There is also unwillingness to be an early adopter and also getting stuck with a bill of two grand or more may be playing a big role as well, so we will repeat this survey if and when foldables make a wider inroad with the general market.

Would you buy a foldable phone, or are you good with rigid handset screens?

Yes
31.72%
Nah, I'm good
68.28%

There are only two upcoming foldable phones from brand-name manufacturers that have actually reached a retail stage and you can buy in the next weeks - Huawei's Mate X and Samsung's Galaxy Fold.

Since they use the two main design approaches in building such bendy devices - the Mate X is of the out-folding type, while the Fold is an innie - they still provide a good overview of what's in store for us further down that road, when more players enter the foldables scene, and prices start going down. 

Well, those extra players may use a few other available approaches, like Sharp's clamshell with bendable display, or Xiaomi's dual-folding type, but they are still derivatives of the "innie" or "outie" designs. 

The first iterations are depicted in the short GIF above, and Xiaomi's dual folder video is right below but let's not forget that Samsung is also planning on 8" and 13" dual-bending devices in the Galaxy Fold line, too:

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Mate X

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