A field guide to the wacky future of folding phones


Remember when people used to joke that every new phone was the same rounded rectangle? Those days are officially gone. Now, handset manufacturers are falling over themselves to one-up each other with designs that go entirely off the rails because you can build a phone a ton of different ways when you’ve got screens that can fold.

We’ve barely seen the first wave of foldable phones, and there are nearly as many different shapes as there are handsets. What should we call them? Back before every phone was effectively a phablet, we had all sorts of categories: flip phones, candy bars, sliders, swivels, the original brick phones, and, of course, the infamous taco.

So we figured it’s about time to get this conversation started. Here at The…

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