How Foldable Displays Could Save Us Money In The Long Run

Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.
3 min readAug 12, 2021
Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Foldable phones are the hottest trend as of right now. Knowing the tech industry this could end up being a fad in six months, but at the same time it could also become the golden standard for portable devices. I’m no psychic so I have no idea which way this will go but I have a feeling that the foldable scene is just starting so I’m excited to see how far things go in the next couple of years.

All that said, I think even at this very moment in time foldable phones are entering us into a single device landscape that could very well save us a lot of money in the long run. Let’s run a couple of oversimplified numbers real quick.

Smartphone: $350

Tablet: $350

Laptop: $500

TV: $500

Like I said these are oversimplified numbers and rather low numbers even for me. While I don’t have a tablet I do have a laptop that launched at double the cost I put in the list above. So keep in mind this is all just a generalization of the average consumer trends. Let’s do some quick math and see that on average the typical user has around $1700 worth of gadgets used throughout the day.

We now have folding phones that enter into the market at $1800 that can more or less replace 3 of these 4 gadgets. While I think a lot of people enjoy watching content on their phones and tablets I don’t think anyone is quite foolish enough to say that folding phones have already replaced TV’s because the sizing simply isn’t there yet. Back to the 3/4 idea, that’s a major selling point, I’m very much so interested in the world of one device to rule them all. While I love both my Pixel 3a and my Asus Windows laptop, if I could combine them into one usable device that maintained all my specific applications and games that would make my life a lot easier over time. Not only would I have one device to maintain in regards to applications but it would also mean that when the time eventually came I would only have to replace one device! When you’re someone like me who waits years between upgrades and spends weeks or even months doing research before making a purchase, the single device upgrade is a pretty interest prospect.

Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.

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