The concept for foldable phones and tablets has been around since 2008 or 2009 something; however, no mobile device manufacturer has yet developed a working prototype – until now. It seems that the rumors about China overtaking the United States in technology and academia, albeit discomforting to most Americans, is becoming true more and more each day. If you don’t believe me, then just research about the largest space telescope in the world that’s in Guizhou, China, the first successful teleportation of a photon from ground to a satellite was also done by Chinese scientists, and they also have the world’s fastest supercomputer! As a fan of the benefits of technology I believe that we should not look at this with contempt, but instead we need to celebrate human ingenuity as one people.
Lenovo’s Concept Tablet Design
The reason why I also brought up the Chinese achievements in technology is, because this latest foldable tablet/phone hybrid is also manufactured by China’s very own Lenovo. Code named “The Folio” is currently at its prototype stage as far as Lenovo’s research and development team is concerned, but it already sports some amazing stuff! What’s even more interesting about the Folio is that, while most of its analogues never went beyond the concept stage, it could be the first gadget ever to grace the consumer electronics market sooner or later.
Clearly the first ones to get a hold of this device once it’s commercially available will be the coolest people among their friends. And the hype is already building up momentum.
The Folio is a 7.8-inch Android tablet with a hinge in its middle that allows the whole thing to fold into a 5.5-inch, dual-screen smartphone-style device. It sports a 1,920 x 1,440 resolution IPS screen with 16 million colors, has a Snapdragon 800 chipset, a quad-core processor in the range of 1.4 – 2.5 GHz of processing speed, 4GB – 32GB RAM with 64GB internal storage space plus an expandable micro SD memory slot that can house up to 256GB of additional storage space. It also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and it might probably the first device to feature the eSIM card! Electronic SIM card or eSIM is a built-in chip onboard the tablet’s circuit board that allows you to have (and switch) one or more network (e.g. Verizon, AT&T etc.) without having to change your SIM cards like you used to.
But is it Kid-Friendly?
The answer is definitely a resounding ‘yes!’ Just think about it. This tablet/phone is not just the latest device that Lenovo is developing, it also sports some very advance features too! This means that, while it may not be specifically designed for kids, with a few adjustments in the settings and parental controls, you can be in absolute control on what content your kids will have access to. It might also feature a high-end high resolution camera which your children will absolutely enjoy, especially when they take pictures and selfies in their daily routines or when you take them to a special place for a picnic or camping.
Is a Foldable Tablet/Phone Really that Useful?
To be honest, this feature is just like any of the previous “hyped” features that electronic companies introduced to us long ago. They’re pretty cool but the interest that the media created for them will wear out eventually and people will get used to them sooner or later. Remember the time when we were all very excited that Nokia has featured a 2 megapixel camera for their N95 series smartphones? Yeah, I don’t either. That seemed so long ago isn’t it? But believe it or not it has only been 9 years since that technology was achieved! People will loathe at a 2 megapixel camera phone nowadays and will complain that it’s not worth the price for a mobile device. In all honesty, I think this foldable feature in mobile devices will have only 1 advantage – and that is to save space and store the device neatly, so you can take it anywhere you go and it won’t be as bulky.
Al least it will have a practical use even after people will forget how amazing a foldable tablet was, right?