Wearable Smartphone – Realistic or Futuristic?

Folding Smartwatch

Is having a wearable smartphone a possibility in your future? It could be. That’s because manufacturers are developing the next generation of flexible OLED screens that happen to be ideal for wearable smartphones, watches, fitness trackers and more because they’re flexible and bendable – yet remarkably strong.

Bendable and Foldable Phones

Wearable smartphones for the mass market are on their way and may be here sooner than you think. The technology is available and the main component part – those flexible OLED screens are already being produced in large quantities by manufacturers. But if there’s a stumbling block at this point, it has to be that the cost is significant. 

These flexible OLED phone screens are made of plastics and metal material. They are extremely thin and lightweight, yet surprisingly durable and virtually shatterproof.

Second Generation OLED’s Are Superior

While the first generation of OLED screens were bendable, they were set firmly into place by the manufacturer. Then someone came up with the idea of a screen that’s bendable for the end-user. And sometime soon, you’ll find these products everywhere. 

This second-generation screen though takes flexibility to a whole new level. These panels can be folded, perfectly, bent considerably, and even stretched – to create all kinds of different designs and configurations. 

Devices You Can Wear on Your Arm

Wearable smart phones can come in many different forms. For example, you will see smart phones being worn like a wristwatch. You’ll also see them on high end handbags, like the Louis Vuitton’s “Canvas Display” – which boasts two flexible OLED display screens.

The possibilities are endless. The flexible screens can also be built into top hats and jackets – even T-shirts. So it really depends on what the market is willing to pay for. That’s the ultimate test.

Multiple Sizes Available

These bendable screens can come in many different sizes and configurations. For example, Visionox has an 8.5 inch OLED that folds in two places, plus a larger 10.5 inch panel that folds in three separate places. And according the manufacturer, these screens can be folded more than 300,000 times without losing any quality in terms of the picture or functionality of the display.

The truth is that these flexible display screens provide greater freedom for product designers. And what some of these desires have come up with so far can boggle the mind.

Ultimately, it’s about improving the user experience. And in some ways, having a flexible or foldable screen can add to a product’s versatility and usefulness.

Amazing Resolution and Clarity

Despite the fact that these OLED screens are thin, lightweight, flexible, and even roll-able – they feature high-resolution graphics and high color saturation. The result is stunning image clarity and superb quality. 

What these manufacturers hope for is that these flexible and wearable devices are going to change the way a lot of people interact with their personal technology. 

Phone and Tablet in One

One thing these flexible screens do is it provides a phone and tablet in a single device. When folded, one design operates much like a regular smart phone. But once opened up, you get a much larger, tablet-sized screen that’s fully functional in every respect.

Early products featuring these folding OLED screens are available in the Galaxy Fold and Infinity Flex from Samsung and the Mate X line from Huawei.

Infinity Flex

Samsung Galaxy’s Infinity Flex features a 7.3 inch dynamic OLED display. It’s the largest Galaxy Smartphone screen made to date. Its polymer construction is layered for slim it also boasts an articulated spine that folds up perfectly and gracefully every time. 

According to the manufacturer, Infinity Flex operates with the precision of a well-made watch. It will be available in futuristic colors too, like Cosmos Black and Martian Green and you can mix and match the case color with the hinge color, to create a unique look. It’s a phone and tablet in one you that can easily hold in one hand.

Galaxy Fold

One folded, the Galaxy’s slim silhouette can easily tuck into your purse, bag, or pocket. And as you unfold it, it places all of your apps within reach – on a tablet-size screen. And you can use up to three separate apps at the same time and multitask as much you like – not something you can do on an iPhone.

As you unfold the Galaxy Fold, the display works seamlessly and without interruption.

Huawei’s Mate X 

Samsung has some serious competition. The same week they unveiled the Galaxy Fold, Huawei intruded their own Mate X model. 

And for starters, the screen supplied on the Mate X is thinner and larger. Plus, the screen actually folds flatter. In fact, the Mate X features an 8 inch, wraparound OLED display screen. Once folded, it’s a mere 11 mm thick. It also features 5G, a 4500 mAh battery and Huawei’s own Kirin 980 processor.

When folded, there’s a pushbutton latch that securely locks the phone into the closed position.
With the device folded up, you have a dual screen smart phone, with the second display on the rear. This allows you to use the phone’s camera while chatting, and you can even share what’s on that screen with the person on the other end of the line. Open it up and you’ve got a tablet that’s almost square in shape.

Clearly, slim is in. The main chassis on the main X is an impressive 5.4 mm thick. There’s no gap at all in the folding of the screen, since it folds around the outside rather than the inside. 

The Future Is Here

It’s impossible to predict how popular wearable smart phones will become. But rest assured we will be watching developments closely. 

These phones and tablets are only possible thanks to breakthrough display screen designs that are foldable, bendable and durable – while delivering superb clarity and overall functionality. I think it’s fair to say that these wearable smartphones have the power and capability to revolutionize how we use our cell phones.


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