A concept for so long, foldable smartphones are now being shown off at international events. Smartphone giants, Samsung and Huawei are awaiting their foldable smartphones will debut in 2019 along with other smartphone brands. Other brands in the platter are Royale, Motorola, LG, Xiaomi, etc. It looks like 2019 is going to be the year of the foldable phone. Smartphone and Tablet will become one with the use of flexible screen technology, flexible batteries, etc. whose end will result to be the foldable smartphones we are talking about.
Samsung Galaxy F or Galaxy X
This foldable smartphone was introduced by Samsung on November 2018. With an Infinity Flex Display, this foldable smartphone is going to have two 4.6-inch screens, which become a 7.29-inch tablet when folded and will sport a resolution of 2152 x 1536 pixels. Once it is closed, the phone will have a 4.9-inch display with a screen resolution of 1960 x 840 pixels. The rear of the device has a third 3.5-inch screen that allows it to be viewed even when folded down. The price of this smartphone will be around $1,800 (£1,112 converted). It will also don two 12MP rear cameras. The batteries will be split into two, one on each blade which would provide a total of 6,200 mAh. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processor along with 1TB of storage and will run on OneUI.
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Motorola RAZR 2019
It will be the rumored foldable smartphone from Motorola and will be the rebirth of Motorola RAZR. Yang Yuanqing, the CEO of Lenovo (which owns Motorola) told TechRadar: “With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design. So hopefully what you just described [the Motorola Razr brand] will be developed or realised very soon.” This foldable smartphone will have screens which may be the key to reintroduce the RAZR, a really compact flip phone that expands into a full screen similar to the 6.5-inch phones we have today.
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LG is not far behind Samsung regarding the creation of foldable smartphones. LG had filed a patent showing off a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.” In a filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, LG has applied to register three brand names: Flex, Foldi, and Duplex. However, we are still at dark regarding the final design and price tag of the upcoming foldable smartphones from LG.
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With Xiaomi’s president Lin Bin posting a video of the prototype of its foldable smartphone on Chinese social network Weibo, it could be called the Xiaomi Dual Flex or Xiaomi MIX Flex. Bin says the version we’re seeing is not the final product. The video reveals that the company is planning to introduce a double-folding smartphone, where you can fold the device backwards to transform it from tablet to a more compact smartphone.
In a message accompanying the video Lin Bin wrote that:
“Xiaomi double folding mobile phone is coming! This symmetrical double-folded form perfectly combines the experience of the tablet and mobile phone, which is both practical and beautiful. Although it is still an engineering machine, it is sent out for everyone to see. If you like it, we will consider making a mass production machine in the future. In addition, we want to give this engineering machine a name, what do you think is good? I think of two: Xiaomi Dual Flex, Xiaomi MIX Flex.”
“We know that brands such as Samsung and Sony are working on a foldable phone. You can also expect more news from Oppo, perhaps at MWC,” said Chuck Wang, Oppo product manager. Oppo will follow a similar design as LG’s upcoming foldable smartphones.
Technically it is only the world’s first foldable smartphone which one can buy at the moment. It is called the Royole FlexPai and has a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen with a 1920 x 1440 resolution and measures 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches. Powered by Snapdragon 855, Flexpai has two cameras rated at 16 and 20 megapixels, and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in its $1,318 base model. A developer version can be purchased for around $1,300 online.
News has been on the run from CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, who confirmed that the Chinese maker already had working prototype of foldable smartphones. Huawei’s flodable smartphones will feature from dual-lens cameras to wireless charging.
Well 2019 will be undoubtedly the year for foldable smartphones. Top smartphone giants are already working on prototypes to make it to the display table of MWC 2019 which will be held on the last week of February. Lastly, foldable smartphones will bear a flexible display, which can be easily bent or folded to a compact form factor.