The death of Tablet Phones

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In 2000, Microsoft’s first Tablet computer arrived but it wasn’t that popular until a decade after when Apple launched an iPad in 2010, and it remains the world’s most popular tablet by a significant margin, having outsold competing devices from rivals Samsung and Amazon combined last year, according to data shared by research firm IDC.

Some users regard Tablets as more a luxury or productivity device like a computer. Tablets are a cross between smartphones and laptops, have a bigger screen than smartphones and provide a better multimedia experience.

Besides being thin and lightweight, tablets have the significant advantage of being less expensive than smartphones that are packed with the same features. In fact, tablets are known to be considerably less expensive than flagship smartphones of most brands. Moreover, tablets are a smart way to cut smartphone costs.

The happy tablet story came to an end at CES 2019 when an America-based Chinese company which manufactures flexible electronics displayed the first fully flexible smartphone in the world, Royole FlexPai.
Just recently we saw one of the biggest phone brands released its foldable phone the Galaxy Fold which took the world by storm with its fascinating specifications. Galaxy Fold has two screens a 6.4-inch exterior and a 7.3-inch interior screen. Samsung gives its Galaxy Fold a total of six cameras: three on the back, two on the front and one on the cover.

Huawei did not want to be the left out in the game as it announced its own foldable phone at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. Huawei Mate X is quite the biggest competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

The only interesting aspect of Mate X is that it will come with 5G configurations. The Chinese brand boasts that it’s the fastest foldable phone so far in the world. Mate X has a 4,500mAh battery which lasts for more than 12 hours on normal usage which almost everyone is looking for these days.

Could this be the end of Tablet Phone?

At the pace at which technology is moving these days, it is easy to conclude that Tablets are coming to an end even though the pricing of these foldable phones are too much to handle one might still opt to be stuck with normal smartphones or buying the latest Samsung 10 or Huawei Mate 20.

The fact that a user can use the foldable phone just like any other phone in their hands and has also had the ability to use that same phone as a Tablet clearly shows that your tablets time to shine has seen better days.

These latest foldable phones also come with fast network speeds, better camera quality more storage space, more RAM (random access memory), etc.

What does this mean for African Mobile Network Operators?

It leaves a lot to be desired in the sector whereby these latest phones that are coming up requires strong and better network coverage.

Africa hasn’t fully initialized the existing 4G/LTE networks, something to consider when buying these phones especially when you are in Africa.

Who does not need more storage space, better camera quality, improved speed and more user functionality on their phones?

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