Foldable Phones, Rollable Phones – Meet the Future of Smartphones

Published on January 18, 2021

A foldable Apple iPhone is reportedly in the works. According to a Bloomberg report, the foldable iPhone is only in an initial prototype stage at the moment. Could this potential iPhone prototype be the rumored iPhone Flip? Currently there is no release date, nor confirmation that Apple will indeed release a foldable phone, although the prospect is certainly exciting for Apple users.

Foldable Phones on the Market

There are already foldable phones on the market. TechRadar ranked the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone as the best foldable phone of 2020. Samsung markets the Galaxy Fold as a smartphone when folded, and a tablet when unfolded.

One of the benefits of foldable phones is the ease of use when attending Zoom meetings. Rather than having to hold your phone the whole time or use your laptop, the foldable smartphone allows you to unfold your phone and attend your Zoom meeting hands free without hassle.

The downside of a foldable phone like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the hefty price of $1,999. (Or $999 dollars with an eligible trade-in.) If Apple does eventually release a foldable iPhone how will it compete price-wise with existing foldable phones that have already been on the market since 2019? (Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Fold at their annual Samsung Unpacked event in 2019.)

Foldable phones haven’t been around for very long so the potential for major improvements and upgrades are still there. The only other company with a foldable phone on the market right now is Motorola.

Are Rollable Phones The Next Big Thing?

LG teased a rollable phone at the Consumer Electronics Show 2021. LG’s innovative rollable smartphone has been confirmed to be ready for sale sometime this year. It’s unknown how much the rollable phone will cost and what benefits the new product will have over regular or foldable smartphones. LG’s newest rollable phone is the only rollable phone almost available so far. Will the rollable smartphone be the latest trend?

Will Apple follow suit in the the rollable and foldable phone markets? Their foldable phone has been rumored for a 2022 release but that hasn’t been officially confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.

Katherine Stinson is an award-winning journalist and Staff Reporter at Grit Daily News, where she covers Texas and Southern states' startup and entrepreneurship news. Based in San Antonio, Texas, she also contributes to ScreenRant, Outlander TV News, and San Antonio Magazine.

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