Just when you think you have seen it all. Samsung released a game changer into the global smartphone market end of 2019; the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The Fold sent the mobile technology world into frenzy with the first of its kind, fold-able mobile phone. For the avid techie, an exciting moment and the evolution of greater possibilities that could perhaps look like an invisible phone; a phone using holographic technology; or a phone that teleports? The imagination runs wild. For the mother selling food at the market, probably something she has never heard of nor an item of priority on her budget.
Other big players in the market have also devised fold-able phones. Motorola and Huawei have since released the Motorola Razr and Huawei Mate X into the global market with Xiaomi and OPPO expected to follow suit this year (The Economic Times, n.d).
As the niche becomes competitive, the complete functionality of new and innovative smartphones gains momentum in the local market inviting users to participate in an enhanced mobile phone experience that is somewhat under-utilized due to the consistency, quality and accessibility of internet in the country. So what does this mean for us? For some, always an opportunity to be the first to own the latest smartphone irrespective of the internet connectivity concerns. For another, a phone that is improved and provides some added functionality. And for another, little to no significance.
Before you think , ‘what next?’, Samsung has maintained, “to devote its talent and technology to creating superior products and services that contribute to a better global society” (Samsung, 2020). The Galaxy Fold has not just changed the shape of the phone. It has changed the shape of the future.