Those in attendance at Mobile World Congress on Monday struggled to take photos of the newest foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei.
For those looking to get a little more information about the two upcoming phones, and potentially see how they look when held close, the display methods their companies used proved to be more of a foil than anything else. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was deep under glass, where the Huawei Mate X was a little simpler to see, but neither were very accessible to members of the media.
The Huawei Mate X was on display at MWC19, introducing a large, foldable Fullview Display that bends outward, allowing for three viewing configurations depending on the user's preferences. Its patented Falcon Wing mechanical hinge that uses over a hundred components makes this possible.
Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy Fold is a "one of a kind luxury device" that offers up some particularly awesome top-tier specs and design attached to an extremely expensive price tag: a cool $1,980. It's certainly already attracting attention for its price, even though it's also making history as one of the first commercially available folding phones.
With those things in mind, that's why it's so odd that neither phone was made particularly available to anyone and instead opting to leave them in glass boxes as seen by the many photos across the internet from journalists and other event attendees. Comparisons have been made to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the similarities are pretty apt, to be honest.
Look, it's me taking a photo of the Galaxy Fold in its glass case, but all you see if the specter of Huawei mirrored from the booth behind me #GalaxyFold #HuaweiMateX #MWC19 @CNET pic.twitter.com/SBcj6y0rmC— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) February 25, 2019
Hopefully as the weeks roll on and we get closer to actually getting our hands on these folding phones, the companies will get less weird about letting folks touch their new products. These are obviously devices that people want to try out before putting down cash on, and not museum pieces.
Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Huawei and Samsung foldable phones kept behind glass at MWC19
Yeah, I had a quick poke at both of these stands and all the folded shit isn't accessible, it's all bog standard, boring phones.