Galaxy Z Flip’s best feature might fix the worst thing about foldable phones
Each new foldable phone that launches proves the technology just can’t match our imagination right now. We want these things to be ultraportable smartphones with big, durable screens, and we want them to be affordable. The foldable phones we’ve seen so far can’t meet all those demands.
Most of them are bulky when folded, and most of them have durability issues that affect the two components that turn a regular phone into a foldable: the hinge and the display. Smartphone makers have already developed plenty of innovations for both components, but more work is needed. The Motorola Razr and Galaxy Z Flip prove that foldables aren’t nearly as durable as we want them to be. We have reasons to question the hinge of the Razr, and the phone’s display can peel off, apparently. On the Flip side (see what we did there?), the hinge isn’t as dust-resistant as we thought, and the screen can scratch because it’s plastic, not glass.