Foldable Phones Making Headlines in 2019

Every day, technology makes some new leap ahead that leads some people to wonder how we even got here. Now we have foldable smartphones, though they represent a vast improvement over the flip phones we had in the early 2000s. It’s more accurate to refer to the phone as flexible, meaning you can physically flex and fold the screen itself.

The point of a foldable smartphone is to put the convenience of a phone with the utilities of a tablet into one device. Essentially, they start as a small, phone-sized device and fold out into a large screen. The screen, batteries and hardware are all flexible in different ways. The excitement and push for foldable smartphones to start lining shelves are already here, with a few companies getting their phones ready for consumers.

The Mate X

Huawei of China unveiled the Mate X at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona in late February. Their announcement of a foldable smartphone this early in the race with other companies puts Huawei on par with heavyweight contenders like Apple or Samsung. At the same time, Huawei is fighting United States allegations of their devices being a cybersecurity risk.

Regardless, they’re looking further into the future than most. Not only is the Mate X what we’ve looked for in foldable smartphones, but it also comes equipped with 5G technology. The world is slowly but surely switching over to the next generation of mobile networks, so employing 5G tech early is a bold, yet smart, move.

The Galaxy Fold

Also revealed in early 2019 was Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Acting as quite the showstopper, the Galaxy Fold works by putting the larger, tablet-style screen inside and opens similarly to a book. The cover of this “book” is the smartphone device itself. The hinge technology is what makes this device so revolutionary.

The Galaxy Fold allows you to keep apps open, transferring them from one screen to the other seamlessly. The large screen can handle three apps open at once on a split screen, allowing for lots of multitasking. To add to the mix, the Galaxy Fold boasts six cameras. Including both 5G and LTE, the phone should have a nearly $2,000 price tag.

The RAZR

The Motorola RAZR is a famous name a lot of people haven’t heard in a while. Now, confirmed in the Wall Street Journal after speculation began with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the RAZR is making a big comeback. Finally, Motorola can unveil their flip phone with the power of a touchscreen.

However, development on the RAZR is still underway, just like many other foldable smartphones from companies like TCL and Xiaomi. Dan Derry, VP of global product at Motorola, said they have “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market.” So expect to hear much more about other foldable smartphones very soon.

The Next Big Marvel

The Royale FlexPai was the first foldable smartphone for the world to see, showcased back in November 2018. New competitors are already speeding through the market on these devices. Regardless of where technology is headed, most people aren’t going anywhere, sticking with our phones from 2017 until the new stuff becomes more affordable.

We can still push for more innovation, which will allow for prices on these new devices to drop even faster. These foldable smartphones are devices rarely even touched in science fiction, but now they exist in reality with practical and applicable designs. Foldable smartphones are going to be the next big wave of technology, and every company is already rushing to get started.

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes about technology and gadgets for Motherboard, MakeUseOf and The Gadget Flow. To read more posts by Kayla, check out her blog Productivity Bytes.