It made the Galaxy Note Edge clunky and unappealing, and it made the S6 stunning and beautiful. The curved display technology present in Samsungs’ recent flagships has been sort of a homerun for the company. In light of the S6 Edge, other OEM’s added sublte curves to their devices for easthetic reasons, but none as profound, or as functional, as the ones from Samsung itself. What’s unfortunate is that it’s starting to lose a bit of its potency as it’s been being tossed around recently. Last year, there was every other phone in the world, and then there was the Galaxy S6 Edge with it’s revolutionary curved display. Now we have the S6 Edge, the S6 Edge Plus, the edge variant of the S7, and the Note 7 sporting the curved glass. What’s more is that Meizu and Elephone both have devices in the works that sport a curved display, and there was a buzz a while back that OEM’s Vivo, Xiaomi, and Huawei were looking to Samsung to implement the curved display technology on their phones. The curved display is going from magnificent to meh. But hey, nothing lasts forever. So what does Samsung have to do in order to keep things fresh? Focus on a new frontier: foldable phone technology. Samsung has been putting a lot of work into more than just the Note 7 in the past couple of months. A slew of patents show us that Samsung is working on bringing the world our first foldable smartphone. What the rumor mill is slowly churning out is a device called the “Galaxy X” set to be unveiled at MWC 2017.
Essentially, it’ll be the size of a regular smartphone when folded, but when unfolded, it’ll be closer to tablet (or at least phablet) sized. This idea is no different from many other ideas that sound good on paper. Sure, if you want to have the convenience of having your phone fold out to a tablet instead of switchingi devices, this phone is definitely something to hope for. On the other hand, this seems like an idea that has a very limited market. What could potentially hold this idea back is the same things that’s currently holding modularity back: people are just content with their smartphones as they are. Not a lot of people want to shell out the extra money for a module, because their phones are just enough as they are. Same thing goes for the foldable phones. A lot of people are content with their phone as just a phone, and they really probably wouldn’t give the ability to convert it into a tablet a second thought. Power users, yes. Media watchers, yes. But the average Joe, maybe not.
As the Galaxy X’s time approaches, more and more rumors and information will arise. Samsung has had a stellar 2016 so far, but when MWC comes around and they present us with this new branch of mobile technology, we’ll see if Samsung has yet another home run.