Growing market of foldable devices

by Samuel Agozie

The emergence of the smartphone industry birthed revolutionary computer capabilities embedded in tiny vacuums. As it originated in the late 90’s, it didn’t shoot to fame from the onset as it was expected until the game changing device “iPhone” arrived. 

This category of touch screen mobile devices with computing power took the masses by storm. First weekend sales, according to technology analysts, was estimated between 250,000 and 700,000 units. Android joined the train the next year drawing some kind of competition within the industry. 

It is interesting how things have turned out over these past years with new smartphones introduced each and every year with new features included in every new model. Today, touchscreen has become the standard of mobile devices around the world. People have moved from pressing keys to issue commands, to using touch gestures to make calls, send messages and a whole lot more. 

There is no denying the fact that the smartphone has had an indelible significant effect on the world today. In a booming market as the smartphone market, who would have thought there is much more to see than what the eye meets already?

In these growing times, people have become more addicted to their screens than anything else. Why leave my comfort zone when I can do my assignment and submit right from bed, while I can get the latest gist from around the world right from my fingertips, or get to know the weather condition around my community without hassle. This addiction has led to an increasing demand for more than just a call making device from today’s smartphones. This has also helped push the limit of what today’s smartphone can do – challenging manufacturers to make better products each and every year. 

The smartphone hasn’t really been enough since people started demanding for more out of their screens, literally meaning if more things should be done, then there is the need to get a bigger screen to have more done simultaneously. A typical example, the iPad, which was primarily focused on the educational market has also yielded an interesting market over the past decade. 

For two major factors, bigger screen and a longer lasting battery as compared to the small screens, the tablet market has sought to deliver on a larger scale. Mixed feelings have developed between the need to have a smartphone and tablet. On a more personal scale preferably, having both devices are not much to ask for but how convenient is it to carry both devices around despite the fact that they don’t weigh too much or take too much space.

The new kid on the block is the integration of foldable technology into the smartphone. It is not the new kid because it was just introduced – earlier ages introduced this technology but failed to thrive as they are slowly growing now – but rather because it is now gaining the face it once struggled for. Technology, in general, has made it possible for what seemed impossible to now look easily achievable. 

The need and possibility to fold glasses would have amounted to daydreaming in the past years because glasses have easy breaking point. This is no longer the story when we take glances through some consumer products as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Huawei Mate X and the more to come. 

By the end of 2019, Samsung Electronic’s President, Young Sohn, said the company has been able to make a million unit sales of their Galaxy Fold products. It is quite fascinating how people are adapting to this fancy technology, especially considering the price tags that come along with these products. Clearly it can also be understood that the technology is still at its growing age, making it expensive as a result of investment in the research and development of the technology in order to exploit what more there is to the Foldable Technology.

For now, the future looks promising with regard to Foldable technology in smart devices but also, is it viable enough to represent the future or the simple touchscreen smartphones will still hold on to the glory?

By: Samuel Agozie

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