Samsung's Foldable Fone ?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mdbradigan, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. mdbradigan macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2014
    Nashville, TN area
    Mashable reporting that Samsung possibly coming back to the party after explode-gate with a foldable phone... man oh man would I LOVE an iphone that does this. Make it twice as thick, but all day battery and foldable, therefore doubling display? Or even tri-fold, a la the amazing Westworld tablets. Yes please. This would be "courageous", no? Let's see some innovation again! Just... one more thing... (!)
  2. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
  3. mdbradigan thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2014
    Nashville, TN area
    Yeah, totally fine. I wouldn't. I'd LOVE one, and buy it in a heartbeat if it locked in place and was well done.
  4. Foggydog macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2014
    Left Coast
  5. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    What's the use for a foldable phone. Not sure I get it. I had one over 10 years ago and am fine with never going back.
  6. mdbradigan thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2014
    Nashville, TN area
    For me - it's not the fact that it folds... it's not a flip-phone design that I want or care about. It's that - If I can suddenly and easily double my screen real estate? If I can carry around a device the size of an iPhone 6+ and then fold it out to be the size of an ipad mini when I want to do some work, or watch a video... that would be amazing. Would make it a real productivity / enjoyability leap for me.
  7. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
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    spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    It's not foldable, it irks me when I see that term used. It's bendable at best. My fear is that it will be much too thick to make sense. At some point it would make more sense to just carry around a small phone and a larger phablet/small tablet. But we haven't seen the finished product, we've barely even seen any patent pictures. The rolling concept is interesting, maybe a tightly rolled cylinder that unrolls to a tablet, but has some notification ability when rolled up would be nice.

    The concept is awesome and I can't wait for someone to get it right. LG is also working on one for 2017. But I also wonder if it's even the right direction, at least short term. Now that we can have no bezels at all, why not just mate together 2 screens with no bezels with a hinge? That would truly be "foldable" and would most likely be much thinner than something that has to bend around a radius.
  9. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I have a sony tablet p.

    not truely foldable but was a brave move at the time.

    I'd have one depending on cost.
    but how durable is the fold?

    will it fail quickly if used alot?
  10. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    A flexible phone makes more sense than a foldable one so you don't have to take it out of your pants pocket for when you bend over to tie your shoe laces but even then it seems more of a gimmick. I'd rather companies focus on evolving the next logical hands-free computing form factor which is discrete VR visors that look like sunshades.

  11. Lightsaber macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2015
    Rumor has it that a foldable Microsoft Surface is on the horizon (not the upcoming Surface 5 but a following model). It may explain why Microsoft has gone rather quiet on the phone front as a foldable computer with phone capabilities would tend to change the dynamics of the market.
  12. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    The modern idea of foldable/bendable (AKA not one of those awful two screen phones) always sounds cool to me, being able to open up a small screen to an 8 inch one or something, but I have concerns about longevity and reliability. And anything that a consumer is encouraged to bend that costs $1k makes me nervous lol
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    It's one of those things where the idea is great, but the practicality of using it, especially a folded device (along the horizontal axis) to the ear screams impractical ...

    Foldable Tablet / Computer = ok

    Foldable mobile phone ? Like putting a 3DS to your ear and see how useful it is to hold there.
  14. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2016
    This would be so awesome but some site mentioned that the prices for mass production aren't there for foldable phones yet. Meaning you'd be looking at 1,5k + for now.

    I'd absolutely love folding my Note 4 when I need to make phone calls, write a text and then for surfing other stuff fold it back to it's usual form, awesome idea.
  15. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I'd love to know data for how much people actually put their phone to their ears nowadays.
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    If it can work well, I think it's a brilliant idea.

    You're talking about a 7 inch tablet that can fold in half. I'm on board! Would be interesting for a Note 9 or 10 in particular.
  16. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    This looks cool, but I wouldn't buy version 1 of it. There's a good chance it would be ridiculously expensive and not as functional as it could be.

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