Long before our current foldable clamshell smartphones, butcame a real breakthrough in mobile technology: the first foldable smartphone.
The title is still being disputed between HUAWEI and Samsung. With the original, the . Looking at these dates, it could be quickly settled, but some still argue the title should go to the Mate X, as it was the first to pack a 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset, while the Fold was lacking 5G capabilities. Then it all became blurry, with companies market availability several times to fix prototype issues. I digress.
But these two innovative products weren’t the only difference between 5G vs. 4G/LTE. The two companies approached the foldable design concept with a completely different mindset. While the HUAWEI approach utilized an out-folding design, thewas an in-folding product.
There were pros and cons for both approaches. However, both companies stood by their decisions,.
While, it was constantly exposed to the elements, hence prone to wear and tear. On the other hand, Samsung avoided this problem by protecting the show by folding it like a book, but then again, it had to resort to a second outer display for the thing to be of any use while being folded.
“We had several solutions, but we canceled them. We had three projects simultaneously. We had something even better than that, killed by me. It was bad.
[…] I feel having two screens, a front screen, and a back screen makes the phone too heavy.”— Richard YU,BG
Back and forth, the two companies criticized the competitor’s approach and praised their own. As with many industry firsts and 1.0 versions, both original products were not immune to subsequent problems,to hinges giving up, from overheating to display protectors failing.
That didn’tfrom improving their offerings, and one year later, in 2020, they both launched successors, claiming to fix many of the previous issues. The received a larger external display and updated internals, and the got a spec-refresh, a new hinge design, and a more durable production.
However, both companies were standing by their philosophy, and the Mate Xs was still out-folding, and the Z Fold 2 was still in-folding, with an external display.
Fast forward to February 22, 2021; yes, in the future, HUAWEI is. It will most likely get its specs up to date with the , but what’s most important is that the Mate X2 will likely adopt an in-folding design. At least, that’s what seem to suggest.
There’s noit; you must attach an external display to your phone with an in-folding design. That is, of course, if you want it to be more beneficial than a fancy paperweight. Undoubtedly, the added display will also add more Dollars (well, Yuans) to an already exclusivistic price tag, but the most notable aspect here is the paradigm shift.
Did it take two generations of products for HUAWEI to figure out that Samsung was right? Or is it just a natural product evolution, as it improves over time, from the original 1.0 version?
humanity is making breakthroughs at a faster and faster pace. From developing a vaccine or cure to finding out what it takes to bend, fold, or even roll a display, we’re constantly trying to improve, and regardless of how you look at it, an improved product is a new product. Or, at least, at the end of this article, it has little to do with who’s right and who’s wrong.
Sure, it can be based on an original product, which is also an evolution of its predecessor, but in the end, it’s still a new product. And, if someone found a way to improve on a product (technology, etc.), there’s nothing wrong with applying those findings to enhance your development. Regardless of how you look at it, humanity as a whole and evolution is the sole and only beneficiary of technological change. Otherwise, we’d still be driving our cars on wooden wheels, and roads that we’re complaining about today would feel a lot bumpier.