Foldable Phones are becoming the new technology craze. Samsung attempted to be the first to market with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, however, test users found flaws at the hinge where the screen folds.
So, therefore, they decided to put in some work into its design and reattempt to release this September.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is now the most hyped foldable smartphone, however, other manufacturers are working on high-end and affordable rivals.
Apple is rumored to be working on a foldable device and has already filed a patent. Motorola also rumored re-birthing its Razr series as a foldable Razr. Sketches of the supposed device now in circulation on tech forums, however, we are awaiting a proper render or some other type of confirmation.
Some of these brands you may have never heard of, while some of these brands are very familiar you just didn’t know that it was releasing a foldable smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Fold: Available September (Pre-order Now)
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be launched in September 2019. The phone carries a whopping price tag of $1980.
Specs-wise, the Galaxy Fold features a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1680 x 720 resolution when folded and opens up to a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Dynamic AMOLED display with a 2152 x 1536 resolution.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is accompanied by 12GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.
There are three camera module on the back, these includes; 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with Super Speed Dual Pixel autofocus and the final lens is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone
Mate X is a rival to the Samsung Fold and has been available in both China and Europe since June 2019. Huawei Mate X features an edge-to-edge screen that folds out to about 8-inches wide and retails at US$2,600.
Specs-wise, Huawei Mate X features an OLED display with a resolution of 2,480 x 2,200 pixels that folds just about the half-way point making it a smaller handset with screens at both back and front.
The phone means a mere 5.4mm when opened, which is surprisingly thin for a foldable device. Huawei packed its proprietary processor, the Huawei Kirin 980 chipset, the company’s own 5G modem dubbed Balong 5000 capable of handling download speeds up to 4.6Gbps.
Huawei Mate X base model comes equipped with 128GB of onboard storage and 6GB RAM. There are different configurations; 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB. There is a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Royole FlexPai “World’s First” Foldable Smartphone
The FlexPai phone may not be the most worthy opponent to the Mate X and Galaxy Fold, but, it does hold the title of World’s First foldable smartphone.
It comes equipped with a 7.8-inch display when unfolded and folds at the halfway mark. The FlexPai is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset and is available in either 6GB or 8GB of RAM options.
FlexPai has a hinge-like mechanism at the halfway mark protected by kevlar-like fabric. In my opinion, the FlexPai is more of a foldable tablet with cellular connectivity.
There are dual-camera setup; a 16-megapixel f/1.8 sensor with a 20-megapixel depth sensor at the back. A 3970mAh battery powers the device and unfortunately it doesn’t run Google apps. Even though it runs WaterOS over Android 9 Pie, it’s not compatible with Google apps.
Royole FlexPai is available in China for 8,999 CNY which is approximately US$1,318.
DragonHinge: TCL Concept Foldable Phone
TCL showed off its foldable smartphone concept at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
We are uncertain which of its two sub-brands (BlackBerry or Alcatel) TCL plans on releasing the phone under. We should get some form of confirmation by the end of Q4 2019 as they did note of plans to release in 2020.
Based on the TCL concept presented at MWC 2019, the foldable smartphone will come with a 7.2-inch AMOLED display (unfolded) and folds inwards at the halfway mark.