Just imagine the whole of 2019 to be a year of the foldable phone. To perfect the tech, every phone maker is trying to match their level of bending over backward.
Let us discuss in details about the foldable phones:
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You might have attended Samsung’s developer conference from where you got a slight idea about the look of the Samsung Galaxy X i.e. small and chunky. As no one could have a hands-on experience with the device at the conference, which shows there is a bit of work which is left. We have only got to know that the Samsung screen would be going to call its screen as the Infinity Flex display and it would definitely make its way into the various devices in the future. In actual, no one knows the name of the phone. The possible name is Galaxy X or maybe Galaxy F or maybe something else.
The best we can tell anyone is that the front of Galaxy X does have two 4.6-inch screens which turn out to be a 7.29-inch tablet when get folded. The device’s rear has a third 3.5-inch screen which allows it to be viewed when folded. So, this is how a device going to work via a series of intricate hinges.
Further adding, it is a gadget which can have a transition between a phone and a tablet and developers will be able to take advantage of the courtesy of Samsung’s new One UI software.
According to the UK prices, we are hearing a price of at least $1400 on the cards.
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Motorola is also not leaving behind the race with the Samsung in terms of a foldable phone. Evidently, it is also going to carry an iconic Motorola Razr branding. It is also going to be a flip phone but with the full foldable screen inside when you open it up.
The rumors have been always around. In around February 2017, Yang Yuanqing who is the CEO of Lenovo told the TechRadar that along with the new technology, especially foldable screens, one can see so much of innovation on our smartphone design. So, hopefully, the Motorola Razr brand will be going to release very soon. Just after that, we’ve seen Motorola file a patent for a two-screen folding phone which flips out so that can be used as a tablet.
The patent would be like, having, two cameras, hinges at the top, middle and bottom, as well as the ability to be propped up into the tent-like display mode. It also has an unfolded screen size of 7 inches which has been raised for the Razr Motorola foldable phone. Everyone would like to pay whatever it costs if has the same patent as described.
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LG also want to be active in the race of these foldable phones. It is considered as one of the busiest companies which are into the developing of the foldable screen tech, not for the phones but for the televisions as well as other devices. In recent months, LG has confirmed its working on the foldable phones without revealing too many details.
They have also burst out a surprise in which LG has filed a patent which shows off a mobile phone with the flexible display that can be folded into half. So, the patent shows that it somehow looks like having two screens with one of the screens making use of a transparent section or with a camera system rooted in the back plate. It is definitely going to be very expensive. It is possible that they will not rush the device into the market before it gets ready so a late 2019 launch has a high possibility.
Xiaomi Mix flex has revealed a teaser and it is the prototype device which was famously shown off on the camera by its President.
The Xiaomi handset is initially shown in the tablet mode, but then also both sides of the device would get folded inwards at two points and leaves the middle third of the phone on the show.
As per its announcement, the design is noticeably different from the other folding phones, which is potentially giving Xiaomi the extremity in the folding phone market.
They will give any of the two names, such as Xiaomi Dual Flex or Xiaomi Mix Flex.
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Huawei is also working on the foldable phone. In the last year of October, the CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu has given a confirmation that already has a working prototype of a flexible smartphone. The patent diagrams of a foldable Huawei phone have got emerged in March of this year.
Huawei has done the commitment in order to bring out a foldable phone. The patent refers to them as “foldable smartphone” but it displays a book like a phone which can be opened up in order to create a larger tablet with the smart Surface Book 2-style hinge which is connected to each of the folder’s two screens.
Huawei rushes its new features at the earliest opportunity as well as the foldable screens should create no difference. With the other phones, you can expect to pay so much money for the very first model if it shows up in 2019.
Even Google has given its confirmation that Android will soon support folding displays so the software would be ready in advance of the hardware.
Now, after Samsung and Huawei, Oppo is going to be the next foldable smartphone vendor in the market. Vice President Brian Shen on Monday disclosed the development of the foldable phone by Oppo without revealing the spec or any other availability information. The prototype looks same to the Huawei Mate X which got unveiled at a pre-MWC conference in Barcelona on Sunday. But if we talk about the overall form factor, meaning which is foldable, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold which the South Korean company announced at the Galaxy unpacked event last week.
So, if we talk about the Oppo foldable design and its features, now whatever the images were posted by Shen on Weibo, the prototype of the foldable phone by Oppo offers the outward wrapped flexible display which provides two screens when get folded and a single screen experience when get unfolded. It also seems similar to the Huawei Mate X where you’ll get 8-inch display when get unfolded. Additionally, the foldable phone prototype seems to have a thick bar on one side which includes the camera module. This phone would let the users take selfies as well as landscape shots on using the same camera module similar to the Mate X. Moreover, you observe it won’t have any notch or cut out when it is unfolded.
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The world is gawking at the wondrous as well as foldable awfulness of the Royole FlexiPai. It is debuted last November. Yes, we can say that it is not polished as Samsung and Huawei, but this is arriving very first in the market. It has a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen with the 1920*140 resolution and it measures 7.5* 5.3* 0.3 inches. This is the Snapdragon 855-poweredFlexipai which has two cameras rated at 16 and 20 megapixels. It comes up with the 8 GB of RAM as well as 128 GB of storage in its base model. It is costing around $ 1318. You can also pre-order it from Royole but the order will ship at your doorstep within 8 weeks. As you know we get a polished experience than observing the videos of the Royole Flexipai. Folding the Flexipai is generally fluid in nature. You can use the phone in full-screen, phone-sized as well as tent modes. It won’t even give the feeling of its heaviness. According to the sources, it is relatively considered that FlexiPai is little unfinished, it is been rushed to the market to beat the bigger players.
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Along with all the foldable smartphones getting attention nowadays, ZTE is also not behind the race. Now, ZTE has also filed a patent application for a smartphone which can fold vertically, you can say it quite similar to the Lenovo owned Motorola’s concept in making a foldable phone, is likely to be sound under the Razr brand.
The patent shows its upcoming smartphone’s design as well as a foldable mechanism. It appears that the phone will fold inwards but not in the middle. Its flexible display (upper half) will look shorter.
The patent hasn’t shown a selfie camera. In fact, it also hasn’t shown the cutout design for the front-facing camera. You can see 2 physical buttons on the right-hand side. On its back side, there is a dual camera setup as well as a hole for an LED flash. On the bottom side, there are circular holes for the speakers as well as the microphone with the charging port.
In the case, if ZTE works out, the phone is likely to compete with very much anticipated Motorola Razr foldable phone.