09 April 2019
Around the end of the last year as well as the first quarter of this year, foldable smartphones have been the buzzword. In fact, the news about flexible display smartphones has at times overshadowed technological breakthroughs achieved in the field of 5G connectivity.
Global brands like Samsung and Huawei have already revealed their foldable devices earlier this year. Though the Samsung Galaxy Fold is said to start retail later this month at a price point of almost USD 2000 while the Huawei Mate X is expected to start selling by the month of June and is expected to set you back by USD 2300 approximately. Now, these are not affordable devices by any stretch of the imagination.
So, even if these phones start retailing, it may take a lot of time for the first-generation foldable smartphones to become a rage among the users. While premium flagships have breached the USD 1000 mark and are still considered a luxury, a smartphone priced double may be purchasable by the select few only.
A Chinese smartphone display panel manufacturer BOE’s Senior Vice President of BOE Zhang Yu, however, predicts that by the year 2021 the cost of foldable smartphones may drop to under USD 1500. His remark suggests that since the technology is in its nascent stage, the pricing will start dropping once more brands come up with their foldable devices making them go mainstream.
Apart from Huawei and Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, Motorola, Sharp, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola are a few other global brands which are at various stages of developing their foldable devices. Since foldable display smartphones have opened a new paradigm, there is no dearth to innovation and each of these smartphones will have some unique feature of their own be it design, concept or implementation. Rest, only time will tell.