The folding screen device will be a very interesting part in the future of the mobile industry in particular, and in our lives in general. But through the events that took place in 2019, we learned one thing: they are still not ready to be part of the present.
Very bad quality Royole FlexPai, perishable Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X late for appointment, and Xiaomi and Oppo's folding screen phones only appear as original builds. Even LG, which has been at the forefront of bizarre ideas, also expressed hesitation when it comes to folding screen phones, saying that they have yet to come up with a design that is enough to convince consumers. Perhaps LG is right, because all the companies that have announced their folding screen phones so far are on the wrong track. None of them provided a proper design for this kind of future device.
Most of the design of a folding screen phone of every company has the original shape of folding like a regular smartphone, and because of that, the inevitable result is a screen tablet. The image is quite square.
However, many mobile professionals after being handed over by Huawei Mate X, Royole FlexPai, and a few samples of TCL folding screen phones, came to the conclusion that the device opened, despite the screen. How much is the picture size, should also have a horizontal screen ratio. With a folding screen device, the more important thing is the device when opened, not when folded – in other words, the initial state of a folding screen phone should be the tablet state, not the current smartphone status.
There are very few cases where we feel the size of today's phone screens is not "big enough", like watching videos, browsing photos, and surfing websites designed for desktops. These are all cases where you will find it great to use a horizontal screen (widescreen).
Even the things we use regularly on the phone, like surfing social networks or playing mobile games, will be much more convenient if we display them on the horizontal screen. The newly launched phone from Sony, Xperia 1, has received mixed reviews, but one point that everyone enjoys is the typical 21: 9 screen ratio. Since the phone started to leave the traditional 16: 9 ratio and reached a longer screen rate in 2017, mobile applications, games, and related services have also gradually changed the interface. to match the new hardware design trend.
At the moment, not many people write software for the square screen, and at MWC in February this year, many people witnessed Huawei Mate X playing YouTube videos also felt the two black bands above and below. Video is an unnecessary waste of space. That black empty space has a height … nearly equal to the height of the video playing. The Mate X is a nice device, but its screen ratio shows that designers don't seem to have considered carefully how people will use such a device.
If designing the device screen with a 16: 9 aspect ratio in the open state, when folded, it will perfectly display YouTube videos and the vast majority of stream content and games. With 5G being widely deployed, especially next year, stream services will explode, and whether you play Google Stadia games or watch movies on HBO Max, the wide screen will always be an option. ideal.
How to make the shape of folding screen devices running Android in accordance with the most commonly used applications today is paramount, because the Android experience on the tablet has long been disparaged.
If you are Samsung or Huawei, and you try to promote your folding screen phone as a business device, you are sure of a failure. The iPad is taking the upper hand in this area, and if you want a 10-inch or more tablet, the square ratio is a better choice. But this is Android, an operating system that is not optimized for tablets and only demonstrates its power on smaller screens, so Android device makers will have to focus on how to do it. That lets videos and games – things that are almost normalized around a horizontal aspect ratio of 16: 9 – show in the best state.
Say it again and again, designing such a device is a challenge, because when you choose the 16: 9 aspect ratio in the open state, you will accept the 16: 4.5 or 8 screen aspect ratio. : 9 in a folded state, depending on the position of the hinge. Perhaps the solution here is to use two hinges such as Xiaomi's folding screen phone, or a more compact version of the Mate X. Or perhaps the first generation of screen-fold phones will have to accept that they can't have a perfect smartphone design – something that Samsung designers have to admit when creating a rather thick chassis. Galaxy Fold.
It's easy to understand why companies feel pressure to try and give users a pointless smartphone with a perfect tablet on the same device: consumers are always demanding guests. ask a lot.
The best devices of the smartphone era today are always the devices with the best performance and the most perfect design. The phones with giant camera clusters, such as Nokia 808 PureView or Lumia 1020, although creating great photos, are not accepted by the majority.
When Avenir Telecom announced a fundraising campaign to produce a phone with an 18,000mAh battery, they only achieved 1% of the target. Although we claim to be able to ignore some of the physical disadvantages in exchange for an advantage in practical use, when looking at the increasingly thin, increasingly fragile, super-fragile models of the present, It can be seen that in the end, consumers still want a single device that is both beautiful, strong and functional.
A device the size of a regular Google Pixel, with a slightly larger thickness, can be opened into a mini tablet for image editing, will be a great device for the future. And it would be great if the device doesn't have black bands when watching videos (and no rabbit ears anymore). That means you will have to sacrifice the usability of the device in a folded state – like the Motorola RAZR rumored phone. Buying such a device, you will buy a folding screen device because of its features when opened, not when folded. Maybe take a screen off, so we don't have to distract ourselves when there's a better notice?
Patent Motorola folding screen RAZR
Everything we have seen from Samsung, Huawei, Royole, TCL … shows that device designers of folding screens are still not sure how to choose the shape of the device. Perhaps the over-emphasis on the hinge mechanism, and how to create an open screen – folding continuously without being perishable, has made everything else eclipsed.
But user experience is not a problem that can be overlooked – it must be top priority. And to create a new machine format and user experience, companies have to think differently. Many companies have failed to find smartwatch as if they were miniature smartphones, taking advantage of components from their own smartphones. To create a folding screen phone of the future, designers and engineers must start from zero. And the first thing they should notice is that it must have a 16: 9 aspect ratio.