Folding phones have proven themselves after early concerns, as they line up to enter their 4th generation. First among these systems is the Galaxy Z Fold line from Samsung, which continues to raise the bar with each new iteration. Huawei aims to challenge this status quo, with their new Mate X3 folding system. Lighter and thinner than Samsung’s alternative, this folding system could be the perfect alternative for users already invested in Huawei’s ecosystem. If you’re wondering if this might be you, let’s take a look at how folding phones can change traditional experiences and open the door to new ones.
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Expansions and New Opportunities on Folding Phones
To get a look at how folding phones can change existing experiences, consider a website offering online roulette games, which are already well suited to existing mobiles. Accessing the titles on these services like Classic, American, and Live Roulette involved browsing, signing up, and loading the software on the websites to play. Playing means simple button presses and navigation, which is again already well catered to thanks to years of developer experience on traditional mobile layouts. With low demands on hardware and connections, these already play flawlessly on older devices, but that’s not to say folding systems are without potential advantages.
Thanks to folding systems opening like books, they essentially offer twice the viewing and touchable space as traditional slate-style phones. Accessing online casino games could then be easier for users with visual or dexterity issues, owing to larger screens and proportionally larger buttons. Some users might also find the larger screens more engaging, offering another advantage.
Outside of entertainment, the communication features of folding phones would be much the same, with benefits in accessibility and viewability. The big advantages, where folding phones could be real game changers, come from business use, where more detailed work is required. Thanks to double the screen size, it’s much easier to access and manage larger documents on folding systems. Aided by improved multitasking support, folding phones can make mobiles a useful stopgap solution in business applications, where it was too clumsy to manage on traditional phones.
Whether looking at playing casino games, watching videos, or getting into mobile work, Huawei’s newer system faces challenges ahead. As a newcomer, it’s entering a fray with another huge competitor in Samsung, while also preparing for the inevitable entry of Apple into the folding market. Huawei is a big company, but in a battle against other titans, it won’t be easy to gain a foothold.
The availability of certain key tech in its folding systems is also a concern. Huawei’s devices don’t have access to Corning’s Gorilla Glass, since this comes from a US company. While folding phones don’t use Gorilla Glass yet, this tech did serve as a launching pad for the solutions systems outside of China would use. Huawei also doesn’t have access to Google apps, though proprietary solutions could again address this issue.
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Prices on the upcoming Huawei Mate X3 systems aren’t yet available, but if it’s anything like other folding phones, it will be a premium device. For the right person who wants to get more out of playing roulette, browsing YouTube, or editing Excel documents on the go, it might still be worth the cost. Just be sure to check reviews when units do first arrive, as we’d advise caution with any new tech release, even from names you trust.