This week, Leo returned the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone because while he liked the hardware, he thought the software wasn't ready for prime time yet, as a daily driver. So, instead, he picked up the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Leo was pleasantly surprised. It actually has three screens. One in the folded position, and then when you unfold it, there are two screens on the inside. Leo says you can see the fold, and it's kinda worrisome, but after a while, the crease simply disappears and all you see is a huge tablet size screen.
Microsoft has gotten back into the phone game with a new, hinged dual-screen mobile phone. Instead of running Windows though, it will run Android. It opens and closes like a book, and gives users dual screens that can work separately or together tablet-style. It's called the Windows Surface Duo. But here's the thing: the phone won't hit the market until late 2020.
The infamous $2,000 Samsung Galaxy Fold folding phone has been reported by reviewers to break after just a day or two of regular use. Leo says this is the reason why early adopters should avoid bleeding edge technology. Samsung says that two of the reviewers removed a protective film that was required to keep the phone in shape, but other reviewers had debris that got jammed into the hinge causing the screen to crack. That's normal use. While Samsung says that reviewers were mistreating the phone, Leo's advising users not to buy this one.
Samsung recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Fold for nearly $2000, and now Huawei has a Mate X tri-fold mobile device for $2600!
Leo says that folding phones are a feature looking for a market. Do we really want a folding phone? Not at around $3,000. We want more screen real estate, sure. And really, the only way to get over 7" on a mobile device is to fold the screen. But Leo suspects they will break very easily as time goes on. Leo also says that Huawei's model is DOA since it's been banned from the US market due to spying concerns.
Not to be outdone by Samsung's near $2,000 folding smartphone, Huawei introduced an opposite-folding Android device, and listing it at just under $3,000! Leo says he wouldn't advise buying either of them, as it's unknown just how long that folding plastic screen will last.
Leo says that folding phones are going to be the buzz word at this year's Mobile World Congress. Even Energizer, the battery company, is announcing one as part of their 26 model line of new phones. They are also going to do a phone with an 18000mAh battery, four times the battery life of the Note 9.
Leo also says sales of mobile phones have plateaued, and that means the "silly season" is about to start, where phone companies start adding "fins" and other silly features to lure customers back to buy.