There is a rather popular opinion on the net that the design of smartphones, or rather, its diversity, died back in 2007, at the same time as the first iPhone appeared. All that variety of form factors (monoblocks, sliders, folding beds, roteytory, game consoles, qwerty-backgrounds), design decisions and unusual devices was replaced by typical monoblock phablets with a large touch screen. To this day, only the displays have grown, the frames around them have diminished, there are less and less physical buttons, but the general features remained approximately the same.
But soon things can change, and the reason for this is flexible screens, which again must return us to the individual features and the design language of different manufacturers.
Colleagues from the portal The Verge made a selection of new form factors based on the already announced gadgets, concepts shown on the MWC, as well as patents published in the depths of the Internet. Let’s take a closer look at them and discuss!
Smartphone brochure, or “count, please”
In the first form factor, the only serial smartphone that is about to be on sale is Samsung Galaxy Fold. It can be compared with a pamphlet or a small piece in which the waiter usually brings the bill.
In my opinion, the decision is rather strange for a mass device, but quite good for an image. Surely all his strangeness due to technical limitations that exist at the moment.
Folding tablet, or “I left the iPad in the car on a hot day”
In this form factor, the first officially announced smartphone with a flexible display, the Chinese Royole Flexpai, is made. It has one flexible display that folds exactly in the middle. As for me, this is the simplest and most obvious form, but I’m not sure if it’s a plus or a minus. We must try in life.
As noted by foreign colleagues, Salvador Dali, seeing such a gadget from the future, would be very proud or extremely embarrassed.
Matchbox, or “Trapper Keeper”
This form factor was presented on the MWC 2019 Huawei Mate X, and, judging by the reviews on the network, many similar design seemed more interesting than the one that the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But it is not yet clear when BOE will be able to put the production of such displays for Huawei on stream.
Surely you don’t know (I didn’t know either) that Trapper Keeper is a brand folder folder, very popular in the USA, Canada and some Latin American countries in the 1970s-1990s. He is even devoted to a whole series of “South Park”.
Bracelet, or “Pip-Boy mini”
Something similar, apparently, imagined the creators of the first smart watches, and soon it can become a reality. In a similar form factor at MWC, the Nubia Alpha wearable device was shown – not yet a smartphone, but who would prevent followers from adding phone functions to something like this?
Players in Fallout probably understand why the name Pip-Boy appears here. I doubt that a full-fledged smartphone on your hand may be convenient, but to be sure about this, you need to try it on yourself. I hope that in the next five years I will succeed.
Folding bed, or “RAZR new era”
Moto (or what was left of it) would not have been Moto, if it had not thought about how to revive the legendary RAZR in a new reading and with a flexible screen. And such a thought came to her mind, because the image is based on one of the company’s patents. In addition, the development of such a device was confirmed by representatives of the company at the MWC.
As for me, this is one of the most interesting concepts, but this is not certain. Nostalgia – she is.
Yes, LG and its second screen for the LG G8 ThinQ audience MWC, to put it mildly, embarrassed. No comments.
Roll-smartphone, or “inspired by the Declaration of Independence”
We already saw the roll-up TV, why not make a smartphone in this form factor? LG, this is a good idea, but the past is not very.
By the way, this image is based on one of the patents of the Korean company, so it may well someday appear on sale. But I hardly imagine such a smartphone every day.
Phonebook, or “hello, Nintendo!”
Do you remember such a great portable console like the Game Boy? Chinese TCL also remembers, and this is her reading of the idea of a flexible smartphone.
There is one minus here, and it is serious: there is no display from the outside, which means that it will always have to be deployed. Just a smartphone that will have to be like a wallet, always fold in half before putting it in your pocket.
Fullscreen bracelet phone, or “oops, I think I pulled my back!”
Another concept bracelet phone, but no longer from Nubia, but from prototypes of Lenovo and TCL. Unlike the Alpha, this bracelet can turn into a very long smartphone, which makes its use as a smartphone more ergonomic (probably).
“This is a very long smartphone that does not fit in your pocket. But wait, you don’t need pockets , ”say colleagues from The Verge.
And another form factor based on TCL prototypes. Probably, designers and fashion designers will be happy to use this, but not high-tech lovers.
It seems to me, or is he really not flexible enough to carry it in his pocket? But what will fasten the cache …
This image is based on another LG patent, but heads my personal top of the most stupid form factors you can think of. I hope no one would ever think of producing something like this. Harmonists, do not be offended!
And the idea, strictly speaking, is to have two diagonals of the display in one device: small and large. If you think so, then maybe she has the right to exist?
And this design option is unlikely to be possible in the near future, and it is again from LG patents. There is a minimum of practical meaning in it, and it is good only to see the new “Aladdin” Guy Ritchie on it.
No, well, is it funny to look at a flying carpet-plane on a smartphone, made in the form-factor of a carpet-plane? Or not? Something I’m confused.
Here such interesting form factors can wait for us in the near or not so in the future. Personally, I am very curious how Apple is looking at all this, and maybe soon we will see in the leaks and its reading of the flexible screen. In the meantime, look at the curious fan concept.
Share your thoughts in the comments – which one you liked the most, and how do you think which of these ideas will be implemented in commercial devices in the next couple of years?