Welcome to the battle of the foldables! Once a technological quirk, these gadgets have now earned their place in stores, and especially in people’s wallets.
There aren’t that many models, to be honest, and when it comes to form factor, there are actually two. One that folds a normal phone in half, making it a thick square (your Motorola RAZR and Galaxy Z Flip fall into this category), and the other that takes a normal phone and unfolds it into a sort of small tablet (Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, etc.)
However, there is another criterion by which these gadgets can be categorized – inward versus outward folding. And while we don’t have flip-foldables that fold outwards, at least one brand persists in pursuing the fold-out design.
That’s right, I’m talking about Huawei and the Mate X series. I had the chance to get my hands on a pre-production Mate XS2 unit before the official launch, and my impressions were quite contradictory. On the one hand, there is no crease – the radius in which the phone folds is large enough to allow for a completely flat screen when the device is unfolded.
On the other hand, folding a screen out means leaving it unprotected and unprotected. Admittedly, there have been cases for the Mate X series, but trust me, the experience with it is not something you want in your daily life. Another advantage of folding outwards is that you don’t need a secondary display – you use part of the folded main display.
Looking at the other design solution – the inward folding phones, the obvious drawback is the crease in the screen and the gap between the two foldable parts. Both are intrinsic parts of the design. Yes, your precious flexible screen is protected and tucked away nicely, but when it’s unfolded you can see and feel the crease. You also need a secondary screen for when the device is folded.
So, which folding design do you prefer? I’m leaning towards the inner fold a bit for sheer practicality, but man, that Huawei Mate XS2 looks great… Vote, vote, vote! And share your insight and personal experience in the comments below.