It is an understatement to say that Samsung’s Galaxy Fold did not receive praise the company hoped for. If anything, the reveal of the new foldable design sparked an avalanche of mockery from the users of social media. The typical response was this –
The exorbitant price of $2,000 USD (Rs 141,731) didn’t help the public’s reception either. In fact, for that kind of money, you can get a high-end PC with a 4K monitor.
Just the price alone tells us that this new Samsung Galaxy Fold is intended for the select elite.
More importantly than the price, however, is the foldable design itself. Is it really practical or something that other companies will follow and copy?
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, certainly doesn’t think so. He actually revealed that the company had such a working prototype but they had to cancel it.
According to Huawei boss in an interview with Business Insider, “I feel having two screens, a front screen and a back screen, makes the phone too heavy,“.
He elaborated further, “We had several solutions, but we cancelled them. We had three projects simultaneously. We had something even better than [the Samsung Galaxy Fold], killed by me.”
Only time will tell if people will accept the new paradigm of a foldable smartphone and if cheaper versions will see the light of day.
For now, Huawei is right at the heels of Samsung and Apple, with 60.5 million smartphones shipped in 2018, while Samsung managed 70.4 million units, and Apple 68.4 million smartphones.