Recent unveilings within the world of tech have given us a glimpse as to what our future could entail… and it looks like it involves a lot more folds! This mind-blowing technical progression has led to some pretty incredible concepts to be created, and ones which don’t feel that far off! FRAME is one of these, as it aims to be a highly functional and exceptionally diverse piece of kit!
FRAME takes on three distinct forms, each offering a solution to a unique and vastly different requirement. Its go-to form is that of a digital picture frame; the 24” flexible OLED screen beautifully displays images and allows memories to be recalled. However, the potential of the flexible display really comes into its own when it is transformed into Laptop Mode; the central hinge provides a clean bend, as the interface transitions into an on-screen keyboard and monitor. Its final form answers the need for a desktop. The display neatly rests upon the equally as elegant wireless charging dock, where it can be accompanied by a keyboard and mouse to make a productivity-encouraging work station!
Designer: Hyeong Seop Lee
Picture Frame Mode
Wireless Charging Dock
Let’s ignore the fact that this conceptual iPhone XFold has the exact same format as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, because this who-did-it-first battle between iPhone and Samsung isn’t worth our time. It should be, however, more of a who-did-it-better battle. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is absolutely gorgeous, but the iPhone XFold looks like it would be a bigger commercial success… and that’s because the XFold’s design is instantly familiar.
If you look at the iPhone X Fold’s OS, you see that it’s essentially an iPad Mini folded in half… a desirable #bendgate if you will. It features a secondary screen on the front that resembles the iPhone X (why it features the notch, I’ll never know), but its most unlikely yet apt inspiration comes from one of Apple’s most reliable products ever, the MacBook. The XFold features an inward screen as the MacBook does, and even comes with the same anodized aluminum finish. Look at the rim and you’ll even see a slight cutout on the frame to slide your thumb in and open the phone, just like the MacBook has.
The iPhone XFold concept truly embodies the best of all worlds. When closed, it’s an iPhone X, when opened partially, it’s a miniature MacBook, and when fully opened, the XFold transforms into an iPad. Apple’s just begun patenting technologies surrounding foldable displays, so maybe we’ll see whether this remarkable concept has any similarities with Apple’s vision!