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?

Nah, I'm good

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:

Related phones

Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)
Mate X
  • Display 8.0" 2200 x 2480 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh



1. japkoslav

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Wow, that's really shocking! Especially for people that expected dumbster fire and were not disappointed in the end. Childish user would even wrote Told you so. . . . Sometimes it's fun to observe a disaster :)

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How is it a disaster? Especially since 1/3 of the users said they would buy a foldable smartphone. Not to mention they just came out. So I would say that even if 10% wanted a foldable smartphone would still be a success. The real problem with foldable smartphones right now is the price. Second for me is durability. The only one I would even consider is Samsung's Fold. I really like the Huawei and Xiaomi massive screens, but they look like they will fail in terms of durability. Also none of them are water resistant right now. If Samsung can put a pen on their Fold, then I am on board.

3. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I dont think we will see a pen on board the fold just yet, it might make the note line dissapear, given its close lines with the S range, theu could be merged, perhaps pen support would be useful for the fold line once they iron out the kinks, folding devices is the future for sure and it will be great to see what companies can cine up with l, it will be great to see full sized tablets fold in half or in 3rds to become pocketable eventually

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Just wait 2 years or so the price will come down and Samsung or whatever OEM iron out all the technical difficulty then I will buy it.

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