What’s the latest trend among smartphones you cannot buy? 5G. Oh, and that foldable phone that is all the rage among technologists these days. Why can’t you buy such phones? Two reasons. First, they’re not on sale. Yet. And, second, you probably cannot afford to buy one because they cost more than a MacBook Pro or an iPad Pro.
Ed Hardy explains:
When jaws dropped at the $1,980 price of Samsung’s first folding phone, Huawei said “Hold my beer.” The Chinese company just took the wraps of its own flexible handset that will go for a mind-blowing $2,600.
You want one, right?
What’s the difference between an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huwawei’s Mate X? Apple will sell about 100-million X-series iPhones and Samsung and Huawei won’t sells too many of their $1,980 and $2,600 phones.
You have to ask?
The Mate X is loaded with truly cutting-edge features, especially a 6.6-inch screen that opens to 8 inches. There’s also 5G.
I didn’t know that price was a cutting-edge feature.
These two models should cut down on the criticism of the price of the iPhone XS Max, which looks relatively cheap at a mere $1,099.
First things first.
5G is not ready yet and won’t be ready for the great unwashed masses of smartphone users for many years (seriously). Second, while a foldable smartphone looks interesting, I’m not so sure that an iPad Pro that can fold up and be lugged around in my backpack or handbag is that much of an advantage over an iPhone XS which fits into my butt pocket on a pair of tight jeans.
But I’ll wait until I can actually touch a foldable smartphone before passing judgement.
Why should I wait?
Many of the other specs of this device remain a mystery. Huawei showed it off today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona but wouldn’t let journalists touch it. The speed of the Kirin 980 processor is unknown, as well as the capabilities of its cameras.
So, the next great trend in smartphones is so good that nobody is allowed to touch the new foldable phones and manufacturers are not willing to share specifications.
What does that say?
Ridiculousness personified. Or, put another way– hype.