Along making folding screen smartphones, but both Xiaomi and Huawei are in “underneath” compared to Samsung
- Tram Ho
The foldable smartphone playground has become more diverse as a new player is entering, which is Xiaomi. Just like their usual approach in the market, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold has a much cheaper price than its predecessors like Huawei Mate X2 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.
But instead of making its own mark, the appearance of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold is just an affirmation of the right direction of Samsung for the folding screen smartphone market. The first is the design of the screen. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold chooses a fold-in design with an outside screen when folded.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold (left), Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 (center) and Huawei Mate X2 (right)
Previously, this design has shown effectiveness when Huawei himself had to tacitly admit it on its Mate X2 foldable smartphone. While the first version of the Mate X uses a fold-out design to take advantage of the folding screen for one-handed operations when folded. However, this has to trade off with the durability of the folding screen when it constantly has to collide with external objects.
Finally, Huawei had to accept the fold-in design of the company
In the end, it seems that Huawei realizes that this trade-off is not necessary when adopting the fold-in design on the Huawei Mate X2. This design learning is seen as an implicit acknowledgment of Huawei’s failure to Samsung’s vision for the foldable smartphone playground.
Not only shows the correct vision of the folding screen design, Samsung’s previous experience also gives Xiaomi another lesson: it is the protective tab that hides the gap of the folding screen at the hinge position. . These were the weaknesses of the original Samsung Galaxy Fold when dust passed through this gap and damaged the expensive folding screen of the device. Therefore, the following versions of Galaxy Z Fold are equipped with this small hole by Samsung to prevent dust from getting into the folding screen of the device. And now it’s Xiaomi’s turn to adopt it on its own devices.
This little point has become an important deterrent to protect the folding screen panel of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold
Turns out that little notch is more important than people think that even Huawei has adopted it for its foldable smartphone. Previously with the Huawei Mate X, the folding screen design revealed a fairly long part of the screen that was not shielded from dirt and no way to seal it. But with the Mate X2, when switching to an inverted inward design, this gap is not only reduced to the maximum, but also easily seals it with a tiny tab as shown in the picture.
Small tabs cover the screen on the Huawei Mate X2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
These details are small, but it shows how far Samsung is ahead of its competition in the design of a foldable smartphone.
In addition to the effective designs for foldable smartphones, Samsung has a weapon to truly master this super-high-end device playing field: folding screen technology.
Although China’s BOE can make a foldable screen similar to that of Samsung and equip the Huawei Mate X2, there is the fact that it is Xiaomi, even many rumors suggest that both OPPO and Vivo are also ordering folding screen from Samsung, instead of from countryman BOE. With Samsung’s experience in folding screens, it is understandable why this is the case.
BOE can make a foldable screen, but there is still no technology similar to Samsung’s UTG flexible glass
Not only is the leader in folding screen technology, Samsung also develops new technologies to enhance the durability of this fragile screen. Typically, “Ultra Thin Glass” flexible tempered glass is being equipped on Samsung folding screen smartphones today. This glass not only ensures durability but also increases display quality as well as shows the elegance of a super high-end device like the Galaxy Z Fold2.
Holding the core technologies for the success or failure of folding screen smartphones, Samsung is almost monopolizing the current folding screen smartphone playground. With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, that position is being further strengthened thanks to an advantage that Samsung has long inherited – the S Pen stylus – the famous pen exclusively for its Galaxy Note line. This will be a pain blow for both Huawei and Xiaomi when they do not have any technology like that.
Source : Genk