Will bendable smartphones kill their prospects?
“There will be a level of cannibalisation with regard to each of these ‘smart devices’. We have seen eight-inch tablets being used in place of smartphones in India,” notes Kawoosa.
“Users’ behaviour is unpredictable at times. So, yes, there will be overlapping but each of these ‘smart devices’ categories will exist and have their own pies to pursue,” he adds.
Foldable smartphones do not mean flip phones of the past or phones with two separate displays. These smartphones with flexible OLED screens can be folded without harming the device.
“These devices are certainly the future. In the case of India, what will matter finally is the cost and longevity to ensure that continuous bending of the device doesn’t affect the display and user interface in any way,” Vishal Tripathi, Research Director at global market consultancy firm Gartner, told media.
While jury is still out on this debate, there will be different form factors for different segment of consumers.
“Wearable smartphones will coexist with wearable smart watches,” adds George.
According to Douglas Adams, author of the famous “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”
But this doesn’t appear to be the case in the ever-evolving world of smartphones.