"Whether that will close the gap enough to satisfy the ordinary phone-buying public is a moot point"
Is it moot? I don't see why it's irrelevant.
Almost eight months after its initial debut at Mobile World Conference, Huawei's long-awaited Mate X foldable handset finally has a launch date. In a Weibo post earlier today, Huawei opened pre-sales of the much-delayed phone, with units expected to ship to customers in China on 15 November. The cheapest model, which packs 8GB …
"Moot in English means it is something worth debating at an Anglo-Saxon moot."
From what I'm reading it looks like something that should be decided at a moot, originally.
I was only aware of the US definition, of a debatable point that no longer has practical consequences.
A poster below links to an article that suggests not using moot in an international publication. I think that's a wise move, although I am glad to be aware of this alternative definition.
£ 2000 is far more than I'd want to spend on the phone but I do at least find the idea of a foldable screen interesting. And I can imagine a heap of users going "this is exactly what I want".
Can't say I think the same when it comes to cars: people seem to prepared to spunk £ 2000 on the wheel rims alone.
No offence intended, Charlie. I also had those 1990s slabs of uranium.
There's been a slew of media reports and surveys showing younger people (than us) much prefer a new mobile phone to a car. In my youth, and historically, owning a car was more important than any other possession. It gave you freedom to escape your family, your town, your life. Now phones do that.
Well, I don't own a car – no point because it's gridlock central here – my point was that people choose different ways to waste money, including cars in general and car accessories in particular. And some people expect to change cars nearly as often as they change phones.
I love some of the technology behind the Samsung Fold and similar devices but I don't think I need one and am not planning to buy one. But, particularly in Asia, where huge phones are, er, big, I can see demand for these being quite strong: a tablet that you can keep in a handbag.
"2 grand for a phone"
Calling it a phone is missing the point somewhat.
I wonder what value 2 grand has to the buyers of the phone... what can they not do after buying it that they could have done before...
I suspect, for many of them, the spending of 2 grand makes no noticeable difference.
I bought my second one the next month. £100, plus £40 for a huge SD card, plus £10 for a pay as you go 3 voucher.
Two years in and I still haven't used up my £10 voucher or filled my SD card. I don't phone anyone, and the only people who phone me are my doctor, my dentist, my mum, and the housing folk. Oh, and one guy I used to work with 30 years ago who takes me out and gets me drunk twice a year - that is the sort of quality friend you should be looking for.
I use my pocket computer for Netflix and Amazon Prime (not my accounts) and Google Maps and Google Translate and playing music and taking photos and listening to the radio and as a torch when my leckie is out. It frightens me when it rings and someone tries to talk to me.
I quickly understood why my £100 phone was better than my £60 phone. And I have to admit if you have a lot of friends or lovers then you could maybe justify buying a £200 phone. Thank god I don't have children, I don't pollute your gene pool and I pity you who are bothered to buy the latest mugging targets this sort of keech. But you can wave your hands at it! But you can fold it! Mmmm...
In the early 1990s when I started drinking I used to dismantle my land line and modem and hide the components so I wouldn't post nonsense like this on the internet. Nothing worse than waking up to a justified guilt hangover, but I can't dismantle this phone. I am always ON.
I'm not sure if I can downvote my own comment but I'm about to find out. Bad Danny, bad.
I've seen people pay a lot more for things with less utility.
With its 205 square centimetre screen, this product would be very useful to many folk with poor eyesight, as well as many with good eyesight too.
With its high price, this is yet another case of the rich subsiding development costs for the rest of us. I heartily approve and look forwards to the swift commoditisation of this technology :-)
Strong sales growth within China seems logical - they are probably benefiting from some nationalism since the Chinese people see them as under attack in the west. Though from the sales figures I've seen it sounds like Samsung is bearing the brunt of this even though they aren't an American company. They used to be one of the leaders in the Chinese market, now they're down in the 'others' category. Of course substitution of one Android for another - especially one that's better tailored for the Chinese market - is easier than switching from iOS to Android as they'd have to do to dump Apple for Huawei (though I'm sure that's happening too, just not in nearly enough numbers to account for Huawei's sales growth)
Doesn't it make more sense for clothes manufacturers to start stitching in larger pockets into clothes/suits, rather than creating increasingly complex screen-folding phones that cost £2k and presumably are going to be less reliable over many years compared to normal phones?