The weirder the tech, the longer you should wait to buy it. It’s a well-worn piece of advice that faded in the smartphone era, as our handheld computers conformed to a rectangular standard and companies like Apple encouraged us to upgrade them every year, as if buying an iPhone X was equivalent to a teeth cleaning. Then the market flooded, and phones got boring, so buying new ones no longer seemed like much of an event. That, along with declining sales, has spurred an innovation race for manufacturers around the world looking to cash in on the next big thing.
The future is foldable, if smartphone makers are to be believed. At Mobile World Congress in February, Samsung announced that it would release a futuristic folding phone at the end of April for an eye-popping $1,980.
The Galaxy Fold unfurls from a phone into a tablet-sized device. It’s mesmerizing to watch people use this device, like something out of a science-fiction movie. Huawei, Xiaomi, and others have already announced their own rival foldable gadgets. Apple is rumored to be looking into the technology. Foldable screens may soon be everywhere.
This just leaves one simple question: Why?