Standard Android OS will not work on these phones, and each vendor has to customize their core OS, which for these early models are all using Android, making sure that the apps can take full advantage of dual screens or a folding screen that goes across a single sheet of glass. 4: In the dual-screen phones, it will be the hinges that will demand most of the attention.
While I doubt any of these new models will be part of the smartphone mainstream, they give people new options in innovative and creative smartphones and are designed to meet all types of mobile computing needs.
I have been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and have served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Sony, Panasonic, Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, nVidia, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others.
As a research firm, we estimate that at best, even if prices do come down in later models, these types of phones will never get above 15% of the total market for smartphones shipped in any given year. 3: The software is critical to any of these types of phone’s success.
One other feature that the true folding screens deliver, such as the one on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, is the equivalent of a small tablet screen, which is especially good for watching videos and movies. 2: These are not mainstream smartphones.
Early hardware reviews of Microsoft’s Surface Duo give its hinges glowing remarks, and their design could become the fold standard for others to follow. 5: Next week we will get full reviews of Microsoft’s Surface Duo as the NDA for reviews will expire on September 7, 2020.
Flexible, foldable and dual-screen smartphones will change the mobile productivity of many high-end … [+] users as these models begin to flood the market.
Whether folding, flip, or dual screen, they represent a new breed of smartphones that aim to make the user more productive in the large folding or dual-screen versions.
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