It has been donkey years of flat slabs. Years ago, we had a wider range of forms to pick from – candy bar, slider, clamshell, swivel, etc. And it gets boring. In recent years, we have seen curved display phones from LG and Samsung – again they were basically tweaked flat forms.
Hopefully, manufacturers will get back in the playground and jazz things up a bit. Samsung has patented a scroll form for smartphones. You know, like a parchment scroll from ages ago before the PC was invented.
The form means you can roll up your phone and carry it around, and unroll it when you need to read and work with it. For phone calls, I’m guessing you will be doing that with it rolled up – tube to your ear. Whatever.
Samsung also patented a foldable display – which works like a laptop or clamshell, just without hinges. The phone would be usable when folded up, but give you more work space when opened up.
Will we ever see these ideas in production phones? Who knows? But even if just for the novelty, someone should make them.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.