Undoubtedly, the trend of mobile phones is increasing, since everyone, from the big names of Samsung to the unknown, Royole, are ready to inject a much-needed shake in the industry by innovating folding phones with flexible displays and flexible With a folding phone already available to buy and a couple of others expected for this year, it seems that a folding phone that can be opened like a tablet and still fit in your pocket is no longer a distant concept. And Google is committed to providing Android support for collapsible designs, so we can expect even more phone companies to get involved with the trend.
It is becoming confusing which companies have announced plans, filed a patent or are simply rumored to get on the folding cart. Here is our guide of who is who of the folding phones.
Royole FlexPai: Available now
Developed by a startup based in Fremont, California, the Royole Flexpai phone debuted last October. The phone has a 7.8-inch AMOLED plastic screen and is now on sale. You will have to pay $ 1,318 (£ 1,209) for the 6GB of RAM and the 128GB variant. And it’s $ 1,469 (£ 1,349) for the 8GB version of RAM and 256GB. (Australian prices were not published, but are converted to approximately AU $ 2,180 and AU $ 2,440, respectively).
The FlexPai closes like a book, with its screen on the outside. Run an operating system called Water that is placed on Google Android 9.0. Whichever way you choose to hold or bend the device, the screen conforms to its many different orientations and display options. Although rough around the edges when we put it in our hands, the FlexPai gives us a solid vision of what the future of folding phones can hold.
Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F: Confirmed, expected in March
Samsung is the largest technology company that throws its hat into the ring, so many are eager to see what it has in store. It is rumored that it will be called Galaxy X or Galaxy F (as in Galaxy Flex or Fold), it is expected that its folding phone will be launched in March.
During the Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June 2018, Huawei confirmed that its first 5G phone, which will be announced in February and will be launched at the end of June 2019, will have a folding screen. Unfortunately, the phone is unlikely to reach the United States. Citing security reasons, the US government UU Prohibited the sale of Huawei phones at US military bases UU And retailers have stopped selling their products. However, according to a Huawei spokesperson, Huawei devices are still available in more than 170 countries around the world.
Xiaomi Dual Flex or Mix Flex: Confirmed
On Wednesday, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi introduced its new folding phone on the Weibo social networking platform. Unlike previous phones we’ve seen, which only have a curve in the middle, Xiaomi’s phone is folded into thirds, with both sides folded.
The co-founder and president of Xiaomi, Bin Lin, said that this form factor is “practical and beautiful” and that “it perfectly combines the experience of a tablet and a telephone”. No specifications or pricing information were provided, but Xiaomi is currently voting two possible names: Dual Flex or MIX Flex.
Apple: Rumored, with patent application
In November 2017, Apple filed another patent application for a phone with a folding screen and body (this was in addition to a 2016 and 2014 application for a flexible screen). According to the documents presented, the device “may have a flexible part that allows the device to fold”.
But keeping his usual style, Apple has kept quiet about the details. So far, nothing has materialized with any of these patents in the public, and there has been no information on what this device might be (and if it will be a telephone) or a timeline for waiting for such products.