From the moment Samsung began to copy iPhone (and we have this 132-page artwork that history will never forget to prove it), it had only one thing that went for it: specifications. Larger monitors, multiple chip cores, more RAM and more megapixels. That's what Samsung did for years while still following the iPhone cord.
This led to the Galaxy Note phablet, a big phone that looked almost like a tablet. Samsung was not the first to create such a monstrosity – Dell Streak anyone? – but Samsung's Galaxy Note line-up was all evidence that someone needed people to have bigger screens in smartphones.
Until November 7, 2018, when Samsung reveals Galaxy F folding phone, a natural development of the smartphone. Well, it's a soft launch, which would be enough to give Samsung the world's first foldable phone title. But somebody already hit Samsung for it a few days ago, and the gimmicky but folding device is already available for pre-order. With all this in mind, I have to say that I'm more interested in folding handsets than I ever had in phablets. Even Samsung Galaxy F sounds much more exciting than I originally thought.
A while back I said I would not pay $ 2000 ̵
These collapsible devices will not only increase available display real estate and their portability, but they will also force innovation that we desperately need in regular phones.
It took Samsung six years to launch a Galaxy S phone worth watching and keeping. Since it left plastic, Samsung showed that it could do high-end handsets that look and feel amazing. Galaxy F will be considered by the same standards. That means Samsung has to find ways to make it feel like premium like Galaxy S9 or Note 9, and at least as durable. Regular premium phones are made of glass and that glass can burst if it falls the "right" way, no matter how advanced glass technology is right now. The Galaxy F, with its large internal display and the small external display, will also be exposed to accidents. So in the long run, Samsung has to find ways to make glass and plastic film films even more durable.
Folding phones must also be relatively thin so that they can be easily pinned when folded in a wallet-like shape, which means that device makers must find new ways to drive them. Just because it has a bigger footprint than a regular smartphone, Galaxy F will not necessarily pack a significantly larger battery. Components like the hinges that make folding possible will take up a lot of space, which means that Samsung has to develop new battery technologies, like those rumored graphs, or go for true wireless wireless charging for future models. That's because these displays, as well as the upcoming 5G technology, will consume even more battery than regular phones.
Finally, it is software. When I first said that Samsung's expensive phone would not interest me, I had the software experience in mind – well, the $ 2000 reputation price tag also played a role in it. Gone are the days when Galaxy S and Note models were bloatware magnets. Samsung has a significant streamlined user interface it overlays on top of Android since then, so that's not a problem. But the best thing about the Galaxy F's UX is that Samsung has not developed it by itself. Google's commitment signals that Android – and especially Fuchsia – will be ready to support folding devices of all kinds in the near future. Google's commitment signals that we can have flexible pixels later down the road.
Still, Samsung is not the only company to make folding devices. Waiting in the wings are several of Samsung's biggest rivals, including Apple, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, and many other Chines Android suppliers. Then, Microsoft is still working on a foldable Surface Phone smartphone / laptop. In other words, Galaxy F will surely be a device that will recognize future smartphone innovation in the years to come, and requires many advances in design, building quality, energy efficiency and software. Should Galaxy F, and all foldable files fail, we know that we need another way to increase the smartphone display beyond the physical limits. With all that in mind, I'm excited to see what Samsung does with F, even though I do not buy the first time model.