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

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

Innie, Outie, and Flip walk into a bar

Innie, Outie, and Flip walk into a bar

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 here, and Xiaomi's dual folder video is right below:


There have been plenty of previews and spec rundowns on 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 wanted 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.

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

Yes
31.72%
Nah, I'm good
68.28%

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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

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30 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Never say never but I’m good with rigid design for now.

5. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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11. IT-Engineer

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I'd buy the Mate X or foldable or whatever it's called as long they don't price it over a 1000.

2. 7thlvl

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 09, 2018

when the price is right and the screens are durable maybe. as of right now I've seen reports of the fold having lots of issues with the screen. so when the tech has matured, yeah probably.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These are important evolutionary steps, but I think they are leading to the real next phase, something along the lines of the global linkl from Earth:Final Conflict. A screen that rolls out.

28. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I always have had that in mind when we talk about flexible screen tech. But it always seem like too much effort just to check your device. The future belongs to contacts and eyewear with strong AR influence.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1161; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think there's a lot of room for improvement for now, but it's an essential step forward. Give it a few years to mature and go down in cost, it'll no doubt take off then.

6. Youngquenga41

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Yes because I love when technology advances, those who says no are idiots who love to run their mouths and knows nothing about tech.

7. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use my phone to navigate.. the only option of phone mount for foldable phone is magnetic type, which isn't my favorite. I also don't want to take the extra step to unfold it every time I need to use it.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's a solution to a problem I just don't have. It's cool, sure, but I'm just not seeing a real use case for me. I'd rather buy a really great phone and a really great tablet, and have two devices that excel at what they do *and* still save a bundle of money in the process.

9. iloveapps

Posts: 408; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Gonna buy if its apple folded phones otherwise a big no.

25. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple needs the companies that have the engineering talent to do it properly first before they reverse engineer it. Apple doesn't have the talent to do it themselves.

10. oldskool50

Posts: 503; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

For the price both are terrible and poorly though out. Good idea on paper, poorly executed. Am sure time will make it better. Sorry neither device is worth $2000

12. ECPirate37

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I'll buy the Mate x Day 1.

13. Jphones

Posts: 250; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

2021 be the year of foldable phones in regular consumer prove range. An by then they'll be 3rd generation work alot of the issues worked out. I'll get the note 10 until then.

14. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No. It's a silly gimmick that needs to go away.

15. cmvrgr

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Yes I would buy if the price will drop to sub 1000$. Although today I am using a smartphone and a 8" tablet to have better user experience. Total my devices weight 750gr and if I can have the same in one device that can fit in my pocket for the half weight that is tempting. Everyone that has used a tablet can understand that even for proper web browsing will need a larger screen. Gaming also is getting to another level in bigger screen. Personally I am waiting to see in the market a cheaper 8" foldable that is the Energizerr Power Max P8100S with a rumored price if 900$ that is closing the screen inside like Samsung and will have 10000mAh battery.

16. geordie8t1

Posts: 268; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

i like the idea, and the next phone evolution is foldable phones/devices, but the tech is still to raw to be useful, I hope im wrong as i do like the galaxy fold better then the mate X, both are equally cool phones, but they are 1st gen and as we have seen with the fold, its clearly not ready for mass production, the price is also silly but again, I understand it is first gen so prices will no doubt be unrealistic for now

17. monoke

Posts: 1127; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Until they figure out an unfolded 16:9 aspect ratio, I have no need for one. Square ratio is pointless for me.

18. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Verge gave 4/10 for Fold. They now have full review. They said no-one should buy it.

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

I didn’t want one...until now.

24. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1161; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I've read the review. This is clearly a product with some kinks that need to be ironed out, both software and hardware wise. What bothered me about the review was the reviewer starting off by saying he'll review it as the problems will be fixed, then proceeds to continuously regurgitate them. This is a product in essentially a new category, it's obviously gonna have problems, some easier fixed than others. It's a necessary step to move forward though. Odds are the Fold will end up costing Samsung more money than it'll bring in, but the user experiences and data collected on the devices will be invaluable moving forward. So f*ck what any reviews on it say, it's about development and feedback.

19. surethom

Posts: 1588; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Maybe in 2024 but untill then probably not.

20. BJay2K

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

Can't wait for my Galaxy Fold to come in next week. There's going to be some early adopter pains but it's the only thing actually exciting on the market now. It's fresh and unique vs the decade old blocky slab with just updated specs every year..

22. cncrim

Posts: 1558; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Money in my pocket until 3rd genth.

23. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

lots of new fold phones coming soon from apple, Microsoft, Huawei, xiaomi and OPPO, I'll wait a bit more time to figure out which company has the best products.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Maybe by third gen.

27. Fellwalker

Posts: 518; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Samsung fold is far far far too narrow when folded. Which makes it a really odd shape when opened. The I do prefer it's idea of two screens so the inner one is protected. 7.3" is tiny compared to my 9 inch tablet, so so I wouldn't gain anything as I'd need to keep that! Huawei is a better shape when folded, but opens out almost square. It stands a far worse chance of survival with both screens out in the open.

29. magnaroader

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

I'll take an IP rating over parts that can break any day. And especially gorilla glass over plastic.

30. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Not yet. I guess I will buy the second or third Generation of those things. First Gens are not as we want anyway

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