Sharp's foldable phone demo is a flippin' clamshell, is it a better design than Galaxy Fold or Mate X?
by Daniel Petrov / Apr 11, 2019, 8:42 AM
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.
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
Posts: 190; Member since: Jan 10, 2017
Samsung has already this fold in plans.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 9:24 AM 2
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Yup. Samsung had this plan from over 5 years ago. Just google Samsung foldable concept. It's wasn't Motorola, it wasn't Sharp.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 10:40 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 11:12 AM 3
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.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 10:28 AM 2
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I just wait for apple to release one. And for sure, it will be phenomenal and these half baked foldable phones will be forgotten.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 11:03 AM 1
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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
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 2:45 PM 1
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Sharp always has been so innovative don’t know why they haven’t become more mainstream relevant.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 9:59 PM 0
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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
posted on Apr 12, 2019, 12:54 AM 1
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