We thought the advent of smartphones was the last milestone in the telephonic world but, obviously, we were wrong. Now, we have technology that allows you to fold your phone to make it smaller. Foldable phones can function as a normal smartphone with the added luxury of transfiguring into a tablet and even though the concept seems very interesting, some advice against it owing to the volatility of the material used and damage-prone tech; the phone screen is made of plastic and can be susceptible to breaking. Foldable phones are expected to be sold commercially by the end of this year.
Earlier this year, Samsung revealed its phone, aptly christened “Fold,” that doubles-up to fit in your pocket and is expected to go on the shelves in April. At the Mobile World Congress this year, Huawei unveiled its “Mate X” which has a tablet-kind length when opened completely and unlike Fold, its folds outwards, so the screen is externally visible. Foldable phones open doors for other markets like phone screens, cases, and software. Corning, the glass manufacturer employed by Apple, is working on creating gorilla glasses for foldable phones that might be available after two years, around the time we would probably have broken our foldable phones screens only to move back to our old phones. Additionally, the foldable phones have multiple screens that demand complex software for smooth transitioning between the screens.
Apple’s patent “Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays” indicates that it might enter the market soon, which is not at all surprising for one of the largest phone companies in the world. Running in the opposite direction is LG, with its “stretchable” phone. A patent filed by the company back in 2017, which states the technology behind extendable phones, was granted to the corporation this week. Gone are those days when phones would stay in the shape they came in, it is the era of metamorphosis of phones.