Next hardware standard configuration of flexible folding screen
it seems that all manufacturers have invested in the arms of flexible display screens overnight. At the world mobile communication conference (MWC) held not long ago, Huawei launched the first 5g folding screen mate X. Although the price of this model is as high as 2299 euros (about 17500 yuan), it still has a big circle of powder depending on its gorgeous appearance
Huawei is not the first company to launch flexible folding screens. As early as last October, Shenzhen Ruoyu Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Ruoyu) launched a foldable flexpai ("Ruoyu"). In January this year, Samsung also launched its own folding screen Galaxy fold. After Huawei adopted flexible folding screen, the whole market was ignited. Many manufacturers, including apple, have said they will also introduce flexible folding screens
then, compared with traditional display screens, what are the uses of flexible folding screens? What pain points can users solve? Will it become the standard configuration of in the future
solve the contradiction between "large screen" and "portable"
two years ago, the author undertook the assessment of the farmers' annual income increase of 50billion yuan in the business environment of a city in the south of China, during which he visited a company that developed flexible display screens in the city, and conducted in-depth communication with a partner of the company
the author was puzzled at that time and asked him where the market for flexible materials was and why it was used to make display screens. His answer to the author is that the flexible display is mainly to solve the contradiction between "large screen" and "portable"
with the continuous progress of communication technology, the transmission cost of large files has become lower and lower, and the transmission of high-definition pictures and videos has become easier and easier. In order to display these documents, the requirements for the display screen are also increased. On the one hand, the display accuracy of the display screen must be higher and higher; On the other hand, the area of the current display screen must also be larger and larger - after all, if the screen is not enlarged, no matter how high the display accuracy looks, it is also a blur
in fact, the expanding screen now is the embodiment of this trend. However, when the screen is expanded, the convenience of the device will be affected. Nowadays, many screens that waste energy are large enough, but they are too inconvenient to carry. You can't put it in your pocket at all. It's really troublesome to hold it in your hand alone
many kinds of instruments will be used in laboratory tests
at present, 5g will soon enter the stage of large-scale commercial use. After the popularity of 5g technology, not only the transmission cost of large files such as video will be further reduced, but also the demand for applications with high display requirements such as VR (virtual reality) will grow explosively. In this context, the contradiction between "big screen" and "portable" will become increasingly obvious
the introduction of flexible display provides a feasible solution to this contradiction. Once the screen can be folded, the user can expand the screen when using it to enjoy the visual effect brought by the large screen; After use, you can fold it up, stuff it into your pocket and take it away easily
cost and technology become the key factors for popularization.
at present, flexible folding screen is becoming a new trend. So, will it become the standard configuration of in the future? This mainly depends on three important factors
the leading factor is its cost. Although the flexible folding screen is good, its current price is too high. Among the several products that have been launched at present, the price of Huawei is as high as 17500 yuan, the price of Samsung is about 12500 yuan, and even the relatively cheap price of Ruoyu is more than 8000 yuan. Obviously, not all consumers can afford such a price. If the flexible folding screen is to be popularized, manufacturers must reduce the price so that more users can afford it
it's hard to say how long this process will take. According to experience, the time should not be too long. For an industrial product, its cost will be affected by the scale effect. At the beginning of production, due to the high fixed cost, the average cost will remain at a high level. With the increase of output, on the one hand, the fixed cost is diluted, on the other hand, affected by factors such as "learning by doing", the average cost will generally decline rapidly
this was evident on the touch screen in those years. At first, the price of touch screen was very high, but two or three years later, it "flew into the homes of ordinary people". If the development logic of flexible folding screen is similar to that of touch screen, it should not be long before it is fully popularized
the second factor is the development of other alternative technologies. As mentioned above, flexible folding screen is a technical solution to solve the contradiction between "large screen" and "portable". However, it is not the only solution
in fact, among the existing technologies, there is another technology that can realize "large screen" and "portable" at the same time, that is projection. Relying on projection technology, the content displayed on the screen can be easily projected onto the background wall, so that the picture can be enlarged without increasing the screen area. Different from the fixed scale magnification of flexible display, the magnification of projection is variable, and it can even support the projection of three-dimensional effects in theory. These technical features seem to have more advantages than flexible display. However, at present, the development of projection technology is not mature, and the display effect is not good. If its technology has been improved in the near future, it is entirely possible to replace the flexible display screen and become the main path of future development
the third factor is whether the flexible display can overcome some of its weaknesses. As a new technology, the shortcomings of flexible display screen are relatively obvious. For example, on a folding screen, people can clearly see the traces left by folding, which makes consumers very worried about the service life of this material. For another example, most of the several models launched now are folded outward, which may make the screen more difficult to protect and easier to be scratched. Perhaps the defects of these technologies are only minor, but if they cannot be properly solved, they will also affect the development of flexible folding screen
in a word, whether the flexible folding screen can be popularized and become a standard configuration in the future, I'm afraid it still needs time to further test
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