Hot on the heels of foldable phones announced by Royole and Samsung, smartphone makers are pushing a new category—dual-screen phones. Unlike foldable screens which are made of a single giant screen that can be folded from the middle, dual-screen phones have two separate screens—on both the front and back panels (remember the Nokia Communicator?).
Smartphones like the YotaPhone and Meizu Pro 7 have attempted dual displays before. A case in point is the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition, which has a 6.4-inch full HD AMOLED screen on the front and 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen on the back. It is currently available in China at 4,998 yuan (around ₹52,490).
“What differentiates the latest attempts from the past, is that they have been able to improve upon the idea of a dual-display with their innovations, offering full-screen colour displays on the secondary screen,” notes Prabhu Ram, head (industry intelligence group) at CyberMedia Research.