The announcement of new Android smartphones with flexible displays appears to be the next significant advance in the smartphone industry, with firms such as Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and others providing folding phones. There is no doubt that smartphones with foldable screens are the way of the future, and it is absolutely laudable that mobile manufacturers are investing on technology that allows a screen to fold like paper. However, in terms of customers, not every technology that sounds amazing in a test lab may actually make sense in the real world. With more companies developing phones with foldable screens, the technology is expected to become more affordable and perfected in the future. However, if you want to spend thousands of naira on a foldable phone right now, you must be aware of the following.
- Foldable phones with true glass displays are yet to appear, making them delicate.
We still have to wait for the first foldable phone with an actual glass display rather than a thin glass layer. Plastic or hybrid glass displays are easily scratched, even by fingernails, making them extremely delicate.
- There is currently no tempered glass or screen guard available to protect the foldable screens.
The display of a touchscreen smartphone is the most important component, and there is currently no protection available on the market to keep it secure from scratches during normal use.
- Without actual glass, foldable screens will develop wrinkles and bumps after a few months of use.
Because foldable phones do not have a true glass screen, the devices are prone to creases and bumps on the screen.
- Foldable smartphones do not have the most up-to-date hardware specifications.
So far, none of the foldable phones have been released with cutting-edge hardware. None of the folding phones released thus far have used the Snapdragon 865 SOC, which is expected to power all top-end phones in 2020. (at least those that launch in first half). In order to keep prices low, phone manufacturers do not include the most recent flagship specs in foldable phones.
- It is costly to repair a foldable smartphone.
Because folding phones are difficult to repair, there is little doubt that if you drop them or do any other form of damage, they will leave a gaping hole in your pocket.
- Foldable phones are difficult to fix and have a low repairability rating.
So far, all folding phones that have been released have performed poorly in repairability testing. iFixit has named the Motorola Razr the “most hard” phone to fix.
- You must be extra cautious when using a foldable phone and cannot regard it as a standard phone.
Foldable phones require a lot of upkeep, with low repairability rankings and almost expensive repair charges. This implies you won’t be able to use them as your primary device.
- Foldable phones are still in their infancy, with few options available.
The smartphone market is nearly saturated. There are options accessible in all pricing ranges. However, this is not the case in the market for foldable smartphones. Buyers have few options because technology is still in its early stages.
- None of the foldable smartphones have outstanding flagship cameras.
Not only will top-tier processors be absent from foldable devices, but so will top-tier cameras. None of the folding phones have any camera breakthroughs. You may find better cameras in many mid-range smartphones.
- Foldable phones are still just about the design with very little difference in features
The biggest reason to buy a folding phone is design and design only. So far there is no other differentiating factor to sway buyers.