While waiting for the soon-to-arrive iPhone Xe (think iPhone SE, but with Notch, Face ID, and upgraded innards), I devoted too much time checking out the specifications of Samsung and Huawei’s new foldable smartphones.
First, the price is crazy. Second, a crease in the fold is just stupid. Third, who the hell wants to carry a big device that only gets bigger? What I want is an iPhone XS Max in the size of a flip phone that fits in a real human being’s butt pocket.
To hear members of the technorati elite politburo tell the story, every major manufacturer is working on foldable smartphones except Apple. Like Apple is going to divulge what they’re working on after the AirPower debacle, amirite?
OK, without even holding a foldable smartphone we can say with a degree of accuracy that foldable smartphones are part of our techno-gadget future, and it’s very likely Apple will adopt one for some future iPhone model. Great. So far, none of those I’ve seen are attractive except to the monetarily well endowed, early adopters, and first movers.
Galaxy Fold? Huawei Mate X? Meh. What I want is a slightly smaller iPhone SE-like smartphone that unfolds to nearly iPhone XS Max size.
Think clamshell. Think flip phone design comes to iPhone. Here’s what it could look like.
Tell me the truth. You want one, right? At least, you want one with an Apple logo on the back. Clamshell cellphones once were all the rage.
The clamshell flip phone design above is from Sharp, which says the prototype OLED display– 6.2-inches unfolded; which makes it smaller than iPhone SE in your pocket– can be folded 300,000 times before the display gets a crease.
Uh huh. Sure.
A recent study says Americans check their smartphones about 80 times a day. Another study says millennials check their smartphones nearly double that number. That’s fold out, and then fold back. Two folds. 300,000 just became 150,000 uses. At 80 times a day, that’s about 1,800 days, or, put another way, five years. Half that if you’re a millennial.
How often do you upgrade your iPhone? Are you ready for a foldable iPhone? I trust Apple will get it right, but I suspect the price tag will top the $1,449 iPhone Xs Max maxed out.
I want one.