2018 might just be the year when foldable smartphones makes entry. As we all know Samsung is currently working on Galaxy X, there’s yet another competitor. According to Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Apple is developing a foldable iPhone.
The idea of foldable smartphone might be a fiction for everyone, but soon it is all set to change. “We expect the iPhones this fall to be largely unchanged for the OLED versions although size changes have proved to be a catalyst in the past,” CNBC quoted from a letter sent by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan’s to his investor clients. “Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone for launch in 2020,” he added.
This is not a surprise, In October 2017 Apple was rumored to be working on foldable iPhones and had even initiated talks with LG Display to procure flexible OLED panels. Now, popular analyst Wamsi Mohan is claimed to have personally spoken to Apple’s Asian suppliers before writing the letter suggesting investors buy the Cupertino-based company’s share.
There are different display technologies like MicroLEDs, OLEDs. But will the foldable smartphone be durable? According to Qualcomm’s product manager of display technology, Salman Saeed, quoted in Jay’s post, transistors in the display are the weakest link. The iPhone X display uses a flexible OLED. The edges are curved and Apple has manged to do something with the display controllers which usually sit where the screen ends.
So what will be the screen size of foldable smartphones? If Samsung and Apple uses 18:9 display aspect ratio then on unfolding the screen you will get a square smartphone. Fine for reading documents, ebooks, websites, but not much help when you’re watching a movie or playing games where a 16:9 image would appear with huge black bars above and below.
There are so many questions out there like how will the cameras be placed? Will the smartphone get thicker? And finally battery life, as bigger screens needs bigger battery. What are your views about foldable smartphone? Will Xiaomi soon steal the show like it does every year? Let us know in the comments.