This is the moment we are waiting for. After years of prototypes, eventually the epoch of the folders arrived. They're here. I have seen them and even, in short, I touched one.
And this is so far away, frankly. A week after Samsung launched the S10 with an in-depth look at the Galaxy Fold, the device made its debut on MWC's IRL this week. We reached the show one hour earlier on the first day, just to find four devices trapped behind the glass boxes.
They did not do much of anything at all. Two of them were sloping to show the backs of the devices and two of the screens. We managed to get within a few centimeters of things before the security came in and put the ropes. The Fold has an exit date that is just under two months, and yet here they are, they have been delighted with something from far away.
Huawei was a bit better. One more morning session found us behind the scenes of the company stand by becoming close and personal to Mate X. But things became a bit strange. I'm used to being a baby with expensive new devices, but Huawei has come out of her way to some limitations on product interactivity, as noted in history. While there is one key difference: the company has given the 2020 deadline for more affordable (more affordable than $ 2,600, ie) to take over the category. We hope that this is enough time to make all the obstacles before the product starts. The fact that neither Huawei nor Samsung feel confident enough to let us go a little deeper with the devices that will be released soon is not something that really trusts the emerging space. Royole, in his interest, has allowed the press to come back with CES products, although with almost all accounts, the product feels more like a development device than anything.
And this is really the fear. Samsung loads a hand and a leg for the device at $ 1,980. Huawei threw himself into another limb by bringing a total of $ 2,600. These are not beta-tester levels. This is the double the price of already excessive pricing for smartphones for products that seem to be still a lot of mistakes.
It's true that there are a lot of things that need to be reprocessed after generations that merge around the same basic form factor, both hardware and software. But one thing is to declare a concept and the other to bring it entirely to the market. If these original devices eventually turn out to be buggy or otherwise frustrated from a consumer point of view, it will result in a rather unfavorable start for the long-promised form factor.