The Future of Flexible Smartphones

Future phones could bend and fold like this

As powerful as today’s phones are, their rectangular reliability has become a boring and invisible necessity that we hardly see at all. And that’s why handsets that bend, twist, snap and fold will electrify and energize the industry, even if these newfangled future devices limp and lag at first.

Why would we want a bendable or foldable phone?

Flexing, folding handsets are visually and intellectually cool because rigid electronic pieces usually don’t bend, at least not without a hinge. But is there an actual use for them beyond pushing the boundaries of what designers and scientists can do?

Actually, there are a few. Folding a device gives you a smaller, more portable package to carry around — it can essentially double the size of your screen.

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