Foldable Smartphones 2018: Is Microsoft's Surface Phone The Answer?
Smartphones have come along way since its inception years ago. It has marked itself as probably the most influential invention of the 21st century, penetrating deep into every society’s norm all over the world without regard for status quo and gender. As of late, we’ve seen several transformations occur in the device-making industry mostly in line with what the public wants. These changes include upgrades in the computing and calculating aspect of smartphones available in the market, which saw the employment of larger memory storages, and more powerful chip processors.
Nowadays, it seems like the demand is shifting again towards a smartphone design that’s both portable and much more capable than it currently is now. This is where the idea of foldable smartphones come in – a device, which in theory, could potentially be the answer to the public’s clamor for a much powerful phone capable of performing heavier tasks while still retaining the lightness and versatility of current smartphones.
As of present time, there isn’t much to go about in terms of leads when it comes to the development of foldable smartphones. However, the idea isn’t as new as you think. Before the entry of the block-shaped smartphone, there was the clamshell. Two decades ago, this particular device debuted in the market and instantly captivated many consumers for its quirky yet justifiably smart form-factor, which, more often than not, boasted a secondary screen adept at handling notifications, time, and other tasks while on idle mode. When opened the phone will enable its users to do much more complicated tasks, boosting the device’s functionality by several folds.
According to WindowsCentral, the idea of the foldable smartphone is influenced heavily by this old phone’s design and overall functionality. They say that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are currently looking for ways to implement these attributes while maintaining the advantages of the current smartphone design, which lies fundamentally in its practicality.
In the forefront of this new wave is Samsung, LG, Lenovo, and Apple. In recent years, these companies have catapulted themselves as pioneers in the development of the foldable smartphone by either filing design patents and offering actual prototypes, which Samsung has already done through its foldable OLED screen displays featured in the Consumer Electronics Show back in 2013.
Currently, Samsung has been in the limelight with news of its Galaxy X sweeping the interwebs. According to rumors and speculations, the Korean-based company is close to perfecting the said device, however, it still remains to be seen if the device is ready for a release. Apple has also been said to be in the works for a similar folding device, but there’s still no concrete leads confirming the phone’s existence other than smart-guesses.
More recently, Microsoft has also (surprisingly) pledged itself as a possible candidate in the creation of a foldable phone in the form of the Surface Phone. According to recent rumors, Microsoft is currently knee-deep in developing the Surface phone through their initiative Project Andromeda. This particular venture, in theory, will be able to answer all current problems that prevent foldable phones from happening, which will put the necessary focus on the device’s hardware and software. To balance this out, Microsoft intends the Surface phone to come with an operating system called the One Core, which will provide a seamless transition from PC mode, Desktop mode, Tablet mode, unfolded and folded modes.
Despite how promising Microsoft’s Surface Phone is, the game-changing folding device is yet to be given a concrete plan and is still in the thought-process stage. However, it still is a promising lead to how smartphones might take shape from now on.
Ultimately, the industry still has a long way to go in terms of technology to be able to produce a device capable of performing more varied tasks while also retaining versatility. Though it’s pretty exciting to see how the mobile industry is currently shaping up to deliver the product and experience that the public wants and needs, consumers, should not expect changes to be made to the form factor of devices and its current capabilities anytime soon.