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The Future of Affordable Foldable Devices

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The Future of Affordable Foldable Devices

Many manufacturers are aiming to offer foldable devices. These phones can double as a tablet, offering users extra screen space for multitasking and convenience.

But these phones are expensive. Experts say prices should come down over time. As technology usually does. It means more consumers will be able to afford these devices.

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A handful of foldable smartphones are on the market, with more to come this year. Whether you’re looking for a clamshell foldable or a larger book-style device, you’ll be able to find an option that fits your budget and lifestyle.

With competitive chipsets and beautiful displays, the smartphone has a gorgeous inner display near edge-to-edge, and using it with an external screen feels natural enough for productivity apps like Microsoft Word or Excel. Google’s Pixel Fold has more straightforward, elegant Android software and apps generally look better on its more giant screens. However, its hefty price tag may deter some consumers.


The ability for foldable to double as tablets can help unlock a whole new level of productivity. However, the high price tag of these first-gen devices will likely deter potential buyers. Moreover, software will need to be developed specifically for foldables that are reliable enough to perform business-related tasks successfully. The flexible displays also require a unique touch screen that can bend. This screen will either be a double-layer PCAP or use metal mesh instead of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) for a more durable and less expensive touch interface.

Despite these concerns, users are noticing the flexibility of foldables and are starting to see how they can make their lives easier. To become mainstream, prices will need to come down.

The idea of flexible electronics — screens you can roll up or cellphones you can bend — might seem like something from a sci-fi movie, but the future is nearer than you think. In the direction of a universe of flexible technology, including stretchable screens, bending batteries, and folding phones, researchers and electronics companies have made substantial progress.

Each has a cover screen that can be opened to reveal a more significant, tablet-like display.


Smartphones are our daily companions, productivity tools, media centers, and entertainment hubs. That’s why the ability to multitask is so essential.

Heavy media multitaskers often have many channels open, jumping back and forth. They may be writing an academic paper on their laptop, watching a basketball game on their phone, and texting with friends simultaneously.

Foldable phones are a relatively new technology, and the early versions are expensive. That is because flexible displays are more expensive and require advanced engineering than traditional screens. Other components like hinges are also more costly, and apps must be optimized for foldable display. However, prices are starting to drop as the tech matures and manufacturers compete with each other.


Foldable phones have a long history, dating back. But they fell out of favor in the mid-2000s when smartphones with bar-shaped displays took over.

The premium foldable devices on the market today include a small external display that allows users to glance at notifications and change songs. They also offer a larger internal screen revealed when the device is folded.

However, many of these devices are expensive. Some feature two screens – a 6.7-inch cover display and a 7.6-inch inner display – which drives up costs. Plus, they require specialized hinges and other components that increase costs. That may deter some consumers from splurging on the new technology. AARP Members can save on Samsung devices with an automatic renewal.

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