Smartphones are evolving, just like all technology. Most people cannot even imagine life without the handy devices, but manufacturers believe that 5G access will take them down a new and better path. The cellular devices today are slim and pocket-friendly, but there is a new form making its way to the market place. They are called foldables, and as the name implies, they bend into handheld machines. Now you can have a mini laptop and phone in one tight package.
Once the devices get coupled with 5G, they may have a significant impact on schools, offices, and medical clinics. Students can hold their learning materials in the cloud and access the data via the new phone. They can take notes, capture ideas, and lookup information all in one place. The foldables may make backpacks and binders ancient relics.
Office workers may not have to be shackled to cubicles. Off-site work is already becoming commonplace, and with the smaller and more powerful devices, work crews can be deployed around the world. As 5G spreads, the teams can remain connected no matter where they work from. Hospitals and medical staff already share files internally, but 5G will make the process faster, which could save lives.
The internal mechanisms of the folding phones have some unique qualities too. The developers are working on a battery that will keep it powered for days. This will benefit field workers where power sources are limited. Much of the data will be cloud-based, and the traditional need for physical space for chips will be diminished. Fewer chips could come with two perks. One, it will leave internal space for new additions, and two, the costs could go down. Chips are expensive, and if they are not needed in all phones, there could be a significant price reduction to the public. Some operations may require the chip technology, and those devices will have to pick up their own tab unless the companies spread the pricing out over all consumers.
Currently, 5G is making its way slowly across the globe. It is available in some larger cities. Speculators estimate the getting the upgraded service to more areas is going to take a long time. Demand will probably exceed the rate the powerful stream will spread. As word of its capabilities become known, phones, tablets, watches, and laptops will evolve to make use of the speed, but for now, foldables may be the next device that replaces our beloved cell phones.