Sharp's foldable phone demo is a flippin' clamshell, is it a better design than Galaxy Fold or Mate X?


If you 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 - there is another way, and it makes plenty of sense.

Sharp's vertical in-folding phone patents have now been translated into a working prototype, and the company just demonstrated the concept which resembles a foldable clamshell of sorts and works like a charm.

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.

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 a huge chunk of their large displays unutilized which defeats the purpose of lugging a bulky and expensive foldable phone with you. 

Now, the only thing left is to hear the specs of the Sharp's folding phone prototype and whether the company aims to license or materialize it in some form. The 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.

Sharp's foldable phone patents are now in the prototyping stage

Sharp's foldable phone patents are now in the prototyping stage


Is Sharp's 'flip phone' foldable a better concept than the Galaxy Fold or Mate X?

Yes
62.82%
Nah, I prefer the Galaxy Fold approach
21.37%
Nah, I prefer the Mate X approach
15.81%

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21 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Better than book style ...

2. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah looks great, this is the foldable device we want.

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 190; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Samsung has already this fold in plans.

8. eausa

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Yup. Samsung had this plan from over 5 years ago. Just google Samsung foldable concept. It's wasn't Motorola, it wasn't Sharp.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Those concepts you mention were created by graphic artists based on patents that Samsung had. Samsung never actually revealed a clamshell flexible display phone to my knowledge. Now it may be true that Samsung first patented a clamshell flexible phone like you claim, but I can’t find any research on Sharp patents to verify. Samsung’s patent on a clamshell folding phone was filed in April 2016.

12. vgking9699

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Doesn’t matter, Samsung didn’t actually make something come to reality

4. shield

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Looks LG same foldable in 2015.

5. Clivester

Posts: 15; Member since: May 05, 2015

Now thats something worth buying

6. ing0ram

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 15, 2019

This is like a really portable phone, Samsung has something between weird phone and a tablet and huawei has a foldable tablet. I don't know which one I prefer. I'd have to use all of those to make my mind.

7. bbycrts

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

You forgot to add the option, "Folding phones are an idiotic idea in general."

9. iloveapps

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I just wait for apple to release one. And for sure, it will be phenomenal and these half baked foldable phones will be forgotten.

11. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You will be waiting a very long time.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Uh huh. Just like Apple Maps,

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6349; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

C'mon, dude, Apple also makes s**tty products.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These are important steps in the evolution of the smartphone, but I'm hoping the flexible display will lead to something that expands more like the "global" from Earth:Final Conflict.

15. geordie8t1

Posts: 266; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

this is more like it, i would like a BIG screen, something along the line of 8" but can be folded down to a small device when needed, foldable phones have a future when they iron out the creases (No pun intended) 2nd or 3rd gen will be some great devices as long as companies focus a bit more on innovation rather then stagnation

17. basher

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Lose the notch!!

18. fakenewzz

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Sharp always has been so innovative don’t know why they haven’t become more mainstream relevant.

19. vgking9699

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Being innovative doesn’t mean they added stuff most people would ever care about

20. vgking9699

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

For some, folding phones like this just fold for the sake of being different but don’t add anything to the experience except other extra step when taking it out of your pocket to answer a phone call, now you gotta flip it open and wait the second or two for the screen to turn on just hopefully not miss the call

23. Habib111

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Yeah it's much better than X and f concept because it's realistic and looks affordable too

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