Innovation? The original iPhone was a flat slab of glass with rounded corners. iPhone XS Max, the max of smartphones, is as much as $1,449– about $900 more than the original– and yet it’s just a flat slab of glass with rounded corners. Who can save the smartphone industry?
Bend Me, Baby!
Smartphone customers need something new to replace same old same old; something new and different to drive the industry to a new era of prosperity for all. Can Apple do it? Nope. Nobody cares about fast processors. Everybody who wants to spend more than $1,000 on a smartphone needs it to be foldable.
Uh huh. Foldable. It’s the next great thing and Samsung is almost ready.
The mission: Save the smartphone sector and give us something interesting.
Who can do it? Apple? Nope.
All Samsung’s latest flagship has to do is save the smartphone industry
Who brought us exploding batteries? Samsung. Who brought us pilfered intellectual propterty? Samsung. Who will save the smoldering smartphone industry?
Simply put, this foldable demo-phone-what-is-it thing better be good.
Hint: a foldable smartphone still works out to be a flat slab of glass with rounded corners. It’s time to cheer Samsung innovation because innovation is back, baby!
Samsung outlined the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked powwow and it has elicited a few cheers at least until the $1,980 price tag was disclosed.
Gulp. Are these frothing at the mouth tech writers the same ones who complained about iPhone X’s $1,000 price tag?
What do you get for $2,000?
- When folded it has a 4.6 inch displa and when it opens up it has 7.3-inch display that transforms into a tablet.
- Each side of the device has a battery.
- There’s a hinge system between the two screens that work together.
- The device will run you $1,980 with availbility April 26.
- 512GB of storage.
- Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS).
- “State-of-the-art 7nm processor and 12GB of RAM.” Specifically, 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor.
- Samsung’s “next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM” aims for PC-like performance.
- App continuity–an effort between Samsung and Google–to optimize apps for the Galaxy Fold.
- The Galaxy Fold is coming in Cosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, or Astro Blue.
- There are 4G and 5G versions.
- Main display: 7.3 QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3) Cover display: 4.6″ HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)
Samsung’s mobile chief, D.J.Koh:
Buckle your seat belt. The future is about to begin… [Samsung] created an all-new smartphone category.
Uh, yeah. Damned Expensive, Level 1.
I like innovation as much as the next guy, but I’m willing to predict that Galaxy Fold will not be in the Top 10 of Smartphone Sales, circa 2019.
Now take this rant with a bit of salt. I mocked phablets back in the day too. Now I have one. Today, I’ll chuckle at a 7.3-inch screen smartphone too–and then ponder buying one. I want one, but have no idea why–yet. Perhaps it’s a phone, tablet and PC replacement.
I think I’ll wait until Apple re-invents the foldable phone the way it did the original smartphone, the way it did the large smartphone, the way it did the smartwatch, the way it did wireless earbuds, the way it did…
You get the idea, right?