What's missing for foldable phones to finally be mainstream

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Philippe Gloaguen
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Much is being done about the current lack of innovation in mobile phones. The truth is, you just have to see the latest releases to verify that in fact they all have the same design, the same screen, the same processors, and pretty much the same photo quality.

The only thing that could break this monotony are cell phones. Now, we are all aware of the problems with these terminals and that is today they are far from being considered an industry standard.



Ma what do foldable cell phones lack to become a mass phenomenon? We analyze it.

Android is not yet exploited

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 receives a stable update to Android 11

Let's start with the basics, the software of these terminals. Android is undoubtedly a great mobile operating system but sadly it is not yet designed to make the most of it on foldable screens.

With each update it seems like the best and it is possible that thanks to Android 12 support for foldable screens reaches its maximum fullness, but the truth is that today the experience of using a terminal with these characteristics is not entirely satisfactory.

To this must be added the variety of customization levels existing on the market (Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei and others), which complicates the development of applications designed for folding screens.

Improve your frailty

A broken Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Remember the first Samsung Galaxy Fold? Many foldable terminals have not survived their early days and it is that designing a foldable phone that is also durable, it's not really easy.


Fortunately, more modern versions of these terminals have corrected most of the design problems which made these terminals extremely fragile, but it's still there a lot way to go.



Its high price

The Galaxy Z Fold is comfortable to handle with one hand, albeit heavy.

And we conclude with something really important and this is the first thing we look at when we buy a new mobile device: the its price.


The price of foldable phones is high, too high. Obviously they are terminals with a really new technology but paying up to $ 2.000 that one of these terminals costs to find products with little used software and a fragile design is not a tasteful dish for many.

We sincerely hope that the foldable terminals have a price for the people. Foldable phones at normal high-end prices? We sign immediately.

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