Have smartphones just become interesting again?
So Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone is here
. And while I had dismissed phones with foldable screens as a pointless fad akin to that time a bunch of Android phones with 3D displays came out and were ignored by the public, I have to admit there might be something here.
First, it’s not got the ‘bendy’ screen some may have expected – it’s a small-screen phone that snaps open to reveal a mini-tablet inside. The impressive screen technology comes into play by hiding the hinge in the middle. So, it’s perhaps less foldable and more… flippable?
But far from being a mere novelty designed to get people excited about smartphone design again, Samsung might have hit on something here. The Galaxy Fold feels to me like the kind of phone Nokia would be making by now if it had managed to stay relevant post-iPhone.
Remember the Nokia Communicator
range? Tell me the Galaxy Fold isn’t exactly what a Communicator would look like by now if Nokia still made them.
At $2,000 this is a luxury device, but there’s a strong market for high-end phones, especially ones that do something clearly, visibly new. I can see this being popular with a certain kind of early adopter. And given Samsung has updated its UI so the operating system looks more enjoyable to use, this might be a genuinely useful productivity device.
I’ll wait until the reviews come in to say for sure, but it does seem like Samsung might have just made smartphones interesting again.