Weekly poll results: second screens are loved, as long as they don't cost too much

Peter, 09 December 2018

Dual screens are a potential solution to the selfie camera craziness – no notches, holes, sliders, pop-ups and so on, just use the rear camera and the second display as a viewfinder.

In last week’s poll dual screens proved more popular than foldable phones. Even a small second screen is fine, though there’s a clear preference for larger panels.

That said, a surprising number of people commented that they don’t care about selfies and especially video calls. Well, we guess that should worry Instagram’s management more so than phone makers.

Anyway, by far the most popular option was “stop making phones more expensive”. Some argued that a dual display phone is not necessarily more expensive than one with a single display. It’s true that ZTE’s nubia X is considerably cheaper than Apple, Samsung and Huawei flagships.

However, we think that a dual screen phone will always cost more than other phones from the same brand. Sure, you save cost by skipping the selfie camera and avoiding weirdly-shaped displays. But at least early on the second screen will be a rare feature (potentially what makes you buy the phone in the first place), so we think they'll command a higher price.

One thing is for sure, though, foldable phones will be the most expensive handsets of 2019.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 11 Dec 2018
  • T73

Small screens are loved and notches/prices are hated. What do most manufacturers do? Make more notches and keep jacking up the price.

Ok, I agree that I don't really know how all these processes works; but - I as a customer wouldn't like to buy a device and then discover that it was 'experimental' although I didn't signed on participation in any 'experiment', I just bought a smartp...

What if the I drop my cell? Second screen will brake and it will be impossible to take selfie. Donno why companies are putting second screen in the side of the display, I think it will look much better in the top middle corner

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