The biggest tech highlight of the year so far has been the foldable phones. After more than three major folding phone launches by Samsung, Huawei and Oppo among others the folding phones in my book are the largest gimmicks of the year.
Before you judge me harshly, let’s unpack the term gimmick. By definition, a gimmick is a device intended to attract attention, publicity, or trade. Unlike the first smartphone in 2008, the folding phone has not yet presented a strong case for why it is necessary. One reviewer after another has shown that a lot of the tech in these phones, especially the hardware is not as solid as expected.
The phones are still quite bulky, the screens crease easily and because of the many moving parts, it becomes difficult to implement standards like water or dust resistance. Phone case makers still have not created an ideal case for the folding phones which means that much as they are more expensive, they are significantly more delicate.
More phone manufacturers are making folding devices each with a tweak that they believe makes their device better than any other on the market. With the year coming to an end and the peak of tech innovations aka Techtober just around the corner, we can expect to see at least one more folding phone with yet another tweak.
If you had $2,000 to spend on a new device, would you choose a folding phone?