Regardless of whether or not elastic display technology is the future, the Samsung Foldable Galaxy Fold arrival into the market seems to have persuaded other OEMs to think outside the box, and this is something which smartphone enthusiasts, whether they’re Samsung fans or not, have been waiting for years.
You have heard this before and you have observed this phenomenon, but the cellular market has been around for almost a decade in regards to design, or at least, OEMs have stopped investigating new and interesting concepts.
Every hardware and software element has gotten better through the years and, given, even exterior designs have refreshed as well but they’ve done so without straying too much from the trail laid forth from the first-gen tablets.
In other words, they have all stayed handy bar’ smartphones even though they have received pragmatic design upgrades each year. Subsequently, the Samsung Foldable Galaxy Fold became a fact.
The Galaxy Fold and Subsequently
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has thrown the established design paradigm out the window and their existence alone seems to have persuaded a few different OEMs to explore new layouts as well.
Even more interesting is that some OEMs are thinking outside the box to reinvent their smartphones even without the use of flexible screen technology. For instance, Microsoft has developed the Surface Duo while LG has released the Q8X ThinQ together with a dual-screen accessory.
The latter company is now working on an actual dual-screen device — known as LG Wing — that features a rotating screen in addition to another. To put it differently, Samsung’s flexible and foldable display technology and the Galaxy apparatus that make use of it have already kickstarted a cellular renaissance.
Even if they don’t have access to foldable displays as Samsung does, other OEMs are currently hoping to crack the mold through clever and unique layouts, and it all seems to have started with the launch of the Galaxy Fold.
Granted, the candy bar form factor is still dominating the scene with a large margin, but if these other, bolder apparatus is successful then we can expect to see more of these in the next several years.
OEMs have been playing the cell game too safely for too long, but they have a reason to step outside their comfort zones and this is a winning scenario for every smartphone enthusiast who appreciates design diversity.
There is a feeling of revived creativity in the mobile industry, something which was missing only a few years before, and I believe it’s just fair to thank Samsung along with also the Galaxy Fold for this.