But two OEMs quickly come to mind when foldable phones are mentioned. These brands are Samsung and Moto. Heres why.
But other OEMs are surely not left out in this, as different prototypes are seen online from different companies. This shows that this year we are to expect more of these foldable phones in the market.
Without wasting much time, let us examine the Top 5 foldable phones to expect in 2019.
SAMSUNG GALAXY X
Samsung has been at the forefront of bringing the foldable phone to its user as soon as possible. Last year at Samsung’s developer conference, attendees were given an idea of what the Samsung Galaxy X is going to look like: small and chunky.
Unfortunately, those present couldn’t hands-on with the device at that event or at the rumoured behind-closed-doors showing at CES 2019, though, suggesting there’s still a bit of work to be done on it.
Recently though, Samsung accidentally posted a video preview showing a woman holding a device similar to the one shown off last year. But this time it looked far more futuristic and less like a prototype, with the phone boasting very slim bezels and much thinner thickness.
However, we still don’t know the name of the actual phone as some call it the Galaxy X or it might be the Galaxy F, or it might be something else altogether.
What we do know is that the front of the Galaxy X has two 4.6-inch screens, which become a 7.29-inch tablet when folded. The rear of the device has a third 3.5-inch screen that allows it to be viewed even when folded down. This indicates that the device will work via a series of intricate hinges.
If you are in a hurry to see or hear more about it, you won’t be waiting for too long because the latest industry gossip says the phone will be shown off in a more finished form at MWC 2019 in February, though it still might not go on sale for several months after that.
For the price, am hearing a price of at least $1,400 (£1,112 converted) is on the cards. Being an early adopter has never been cheap.
MOTOROLA RAZR 2019
Since last year, Motorola has been all about its upcoming foldable phone, which means it might not be too far behind Samsung on this new technology.
Some little fact: it’s also going to carry the iconic Motorola Razr branding. It’s going to be a flip phone then, but with a full foldable screen inside when you open it up.
I actually expected the phone to be out already, because back in February 2017 that 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.
But since the statement was made, we have only seen a patent for a two-screen folding phone being filed. From the patent, however, we were able to get an insight into what the foldable phone will look like.
The patent describes two cameras, as well as hinges at the top, bottom and middle, and the ability to be propped up into a tent-like display mode. An unfolded screen size of 7 inches has been mooted for the Razr Motorola foldable phone.
To us get a little more insight, the folks over at TechConfigurations has a video on the phone.
HUAWEI MATE 5G
Huawei is also in on the foldable phone technology. CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, confirmed that the Chinese maker already had a working prototype of a flexible smartphone. And then in March of this last patent diagrams of a foldable Huawei phone emerged.
The OEM has been working hard to provide users with this new technology because smartphone users need more room on their screens to save them having to keep returning to their laptops for certain tasks.
The company surely add some amazing features to the device like dual-lens cameras, wireless charging and so on. Although we don’t have a confirmed price yet, expect to pay a lot of money for the first model if it does break cover in 2019.
Again, our friends at TechConfigurations were kind enough to provide us with a video.
LG is not left in the fun as the company is also working on its own foldable device. In fact, according to a report from t3.com, other OEM might be using LG folding displays.
Back in January, LG had filed a patent showing off a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half”, including the diagrams shown below.
From the patent, looks like LG’s foldable will feature just two screens rather than the Samsung Galaxy X’s three: possibly with one of the screens making use of a transparent section, or perhaps with a camera system embedded in the backplate.
With regards to the name, we are not sure yet, we have heard names like Flex, Foldi and Duplex. As for the final design, or the final price, we’re still in the dark – it’s going to be expensive.
LG has promised not to rush the device to market before it’s ready, so a late 2019 launch could be possible.
XIAOMI MIX FLEX
Last and definitely not the least is the foldable phone Xiaomi tagged the Mix Flex. To help us understand the device more, a video was uploaded showing the company president and co-founder Lin Bin. with the prototype device.
In the video reveal the Xiaomi handset is initially shown in tablet mode, but then both sides of the device are folded inwards at two points, leaving only the middle third of the phone on show.
After the video, Lin Bin wrote:
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.
From the efforts being put forward by the various OEM mentioned above, it is safe to say that a lot of foldable phones will surely enter the smartphone market this year.
To further make the job of phone makers easier, Google has confirmed that Android will soon support folding displays, so the software will be ready in advance of the hardware.
So if you are a fan of this new technology, its time to start saving up in preparation of the unveiling of these devices.
But are foldable phones really a welcome technology? Would you prefer one of such phones? Please drop your opinion in the comment section below, I will glad to hear from you.