Foldable phones: all the rumored and confirmed foldable handsets

At the beginning of 2019, two major smartphone trends seemed ready to start: folding phones and 5G phones, and although 5G phones are becoming increasingly popular, we still haven't seen many folding phones. 19659002] The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are the two largest folding phones, but their launch dates were delayed, and the first one only came out (and only in some regions) and the second is yet to come, while most of the other companies & # 39; Efforts are only concepts at this time.

It is also rumored that there are phones, such as the Motorola Razr V4, but we have not heard anything official about that or any of the other rumored devices, so that the rise of the smartphone industry to glory. It seems doubtful.

That said, it is a novel and innovative effort to change the appearance of phones, so problems like the Galaxy Fold and the postponement of Mate X 5G could soon be distant memories of what we read on our flexible phones. 19659002] So calm down, read on and start saying goodbye to your old rigid phone, because the future is (maybe) flexible.

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally available in some regions, while some other folding are getting closer.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold dazzled us during the Samsung Galaxy S10 launched on February 20, but the world had to wait until April 15 before the South Korean manufacturer allowed the first members of the media (including TechRadar) to have direct access to the device.

Initial impressions were good. Of course it is large, bulky, heavy and extremely expensive, but it worked. The interface was elegant, the multitasking excellent and the 7.3-inch folding screen is just great.

However, just as the excitement was building up towards the launch of the Galaxy Fold on April 26 in the United States, several review units were broken that led Samsung to delay the Galaxy Fold.

That delay is over, with the phone landed in the United Kingdom, while it will soon be launched in the US. UU., And has had some updates, making it more durable and adding 5G to

The other specifications include a 4.6-inch HD + Super AMOLED screen on the front and a 7.3-inch folding QHD + Dynamic AMOLED screen inside , essentially allowing you to use the device as a phone and tablet. [19659002] It is compatible with multitasking of three applications and allows you to move smoothly from one screen to another, with the content you were seeing switching between them when opening or closing the larger screen.

It has a 4,380 mAh battery, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and a high-end Snapdragon 85 5 chipset. Cameras? The Galaxy Fold has six : a 16MP lens and a pair of 12MP lenses on the back, a 10MP camera on the front and a 10MP and 8MP dual lens pairing inside, visible when using the large folding screen.

However, it is not cheap, reaching $ 1,980 / £ 1,800 (around AU $ 2,760).

This could be the first of many foldable Samsung phones, since the company has also patented several others, including one you are wearing.

Huawei Mate X

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As Samsung apparently struggled with its first Galaxy Fold units, Huawei also delayed the launch of the Huawei Mate X folding phone, with the launch now taking place in November.

The Huawei Mate X is a slightly different version of the folding phone, since it technically has a screen, but it can be folded from an 8-inch screen to a couple of smaller screens, with a 6.6-inch screen on the side front and a 6.4 inch in the back.

That means the screens are far more than those offered by the Galaxy Fold, and the small screens also have much less bevel than the Samsung jack.

The overall aesthetic is surprising, with the screen wrapping the body of the phone, although we are concerned about its durability, since it is open to the elements and is in danger of being easily damaged.

The Mate X also has a 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging, a triple lens camera, a high-end Kirin 990 or Kirin 980 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, and supports 5G.

It seems to be even more expensive than the However, Galaxy Fold, reaching € 2,299 (around $ 2,600 / £ 2,000 / AU $ 4,770).

As with Samsung, Huawei seems to be fully embracing the folding future, as it has said that half of its flagship phones could be foldable. in two years.

Motorola Razr V4

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It is rumored that Motorola is restarting the Razr brand with the Motorola Razr V4, and instead of a traditional cover design, it will apparently be folded.

The patents have shown how it would look, that is, basically as you would expect a modern version of the Razr, with a flexible screen instead of a hinge.

It was rumored that the phone would land sometime in February, but that didn't happen.

However, during a press conference at MWC, Motorola's vice president and general manager, Anthony Barounas, said: “If you go through stores today, for me all phones look the same. It is hard to see if it is a Motorola or [another brand]. How we differentiate the consumer, we show them something really different, that's where the folding comes in.

"And that's where Motorola also has a great investment. I can't say much, but we have a franchise that will have a big impact there." So that's almost a confirmation that something folding will come at some point, and the last Filtration suggests that it could land in December 2019.

However, like most folding phones, it is probably expensive, with a rumor, starting price of approximately $ 1,500 (around £ 1,170, AU $ 2,010). [19659002] While it is expensive, it significantly undermines others, and we could know the reason for this, since according to a report it has a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset (along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage).

LG

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The latest news about a folding LG phone comes from Kyle Yoon, senior product manager for LG Mobile, who, during a session He said:

"When it comes to folding, [the day will come] when we will all have a folding device. That is only if the Play Store has [apps in] a native resolution in those proportions, if the price of the folding drops; We want to deliver a device that more people can use that is affordable and [offers] more content with 5G. First we focus on that, but on the folding … yes, we will have those devices. ”

Before that, we had heard rumors that LG has a working folding phone, and that is in addition to the company mentioning "smartphones with different form factors" in a recent set of financial results, and having patented A concept of folding phone.

The company has also manufactured a folding television, so it apparently has the experience. In summary, although nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems that the question of a folding LG phone is "when" no "yes." Although the company does not seem in any hurry to launch one.

Meanwhile, it has launched the LG DualScreen, which is a device that can be hooked on the LG G8X ThinQ or LG V50 ThinQ to add a second screen. This is far from being a true folding phone, but it is better than nothing.

TCL

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TCL might not be a name you would expect to be among the first to launch a folding phone and, well, he would be right, because he probably won't sell a foldable phone under none of its brands (which include BlackBerry and Alcatel) until next year.

But the company has shown a folding conceptual device in MWC. It has a 7,248-inch 2048 x 1536 AMOLED screen and four rear cameras, but we are not convinced that the final folding has those specifications, since one of the key features seems to be a relatively affordable price.

The company does not go into details, but for this to substantially reduce the tastes of the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, we would expect worse specifications than that.

Apple

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Although not likely to arrive as imminently as some on this list, Apple could have its own folding phone in process.

One's rumors first emerged in late 2017, with the claim that it would be released in 2020. We have also seen Apple patents for a folding screen more than once, so Apple is at least clearly exploring the idea.

If folding phones are practical, then we expect Apple to get involved eventually, but the company generally expects technology to be polished instead of with the goal of being the first, so we may not see one by one. weather.

Son and

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As with Apple, Sony also seems to be working, or at least playing with, a folding phone.

The evidence for this comes from a Sony patent, which details both folding and rolling smartphones. Of course, patents do not always become products, but with much of the rest of the industry looking in this direction, it would not be a surprise that Sony is too.

However, we would not expect one imminently, since the company announced a lot of new phones at MWC 2019, where we saw many other folding phones, and a folding phone was not among them. Instead, it seems focused on 21: 9 screens, as seen in Sony Xperia 1.

Royole FlexPai

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The first foldable phone that was launched was actually the Royole FlexPai.

Currently you can only buy it in China (unless you are satisfied with a developer version), and it is not cheap at $ 1,300 (around £ 1,000 / AU $ 1,825).

You may want to delay that import. Also, as in our practical review, we found that it was very slow and had a very slow camera. In short, it seems little more than a proof of concept.

Xiaomi

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A Xiaomi folding phone has been teased in several short videos. They show a device with two folding hinges, instead of a single central fold.

However, don't get too excited yet, since this is little more than a conceptual device for now.

While Lin Bin, co-founder of Xiaomi, has published on social networks that "the Xiaomi foldable double mobile phone is coming," he also said "if you like it, we will consider making a mass production machine in the future."

Xiaomi was at MWC 2019, showing devices like the Xiaomi Mi 9, but its foldable phone was nowhere to be seen.

Google

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Google has also confirmed it is experimenting with folding phones. The company has also patented several folding designs, which we have seen in leaks.

It is likely that they are far from being finished products, but they show, for example, a screen that folds over itself when not in use, and a phone with three folds, which allows the screens to stack one on top of the other when folded.

Mario Queiroz, Google's Pixel development manager, told CNET: "We're definitely creating technology prototypes. We've been doing it for a long time. I don't think there's a clear use case yet."

Oppo

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Oppo has shown a folding conceptual device that looks a lot like the Huawei Mate X, as you can see in the image above.

However, we don't & # 39; I still don't know anything about the specifications and probably won't be able to buy this in the short term, since the company has said it will wait and see if consumers use folding phones before producing a mass one.

appeared to have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a pop-up camera, which is quite surprising given that the mechanical parts have great potential to break, and a foldable phone is delicate enough anyway, without the additional movement .

ZTE Nubia Alpha

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ZTE is also not left out of the folding action, as the firm launched the Nubia Alpha, a phone with a 4-inch folding screen that you can wrap Around your wrist [19659002] The phone is available in many areas and costs $ 449 (approximately £ 340, AU $ 640). For some reason, Nubia shows its price in dollars, even when you are not in the United Kingdom.

In addition, ZTE has patented another folding device, this time with a more conventional shell design, so if you don't want to use your phone, then ZTE may have a more suitable option for you, sooner or later.

Energizer Power Max 8100S

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Energizer is not a company we expected to be among the first to launch a folding phone, but it is, at least in the form of a prototype.

Shown behind the glass at MWC 2019, the Energizer Power Max 8100S has a screen the size of a smartphone when folded and one the size of a tablet when deployed.

Folds In addition, the highlight of this phone is its 10,000 mAh battery, but it also has a 48MP main camera, a 12MP secondary lens and a 24MP selfie camera, as well as a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 8GB of RAM . However, it is currently unclear if or when you can buy it.

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Vivo has launched its own sub-brand, iQOO, to arrive to the folding phone market. It is the first days for the device, with the only indication of its existence that several online renders were leaked, but that is much more than some other folding.

An advantage that the iQOO foldable telephone has, if it is believed in the leak, is that it will be launched at around CNY7,000, or approximately $ 1,000, £ 800, AU $ 1,450. If this is correct, that is a great yes, of course, it will be much cheaper than the prices of most similar devices.

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