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26 Jan 2019

#TechBytes: Six foldable phones we will see in coming months

These foldable phones will be launched in 2019

After battling it out with notches and bezels, smartphone makers are finally headed towards devices that would have foldable screens, aka 'foldables'.

A few years ago, phones like this were only a concept, but now, most tech giants (from Samsung to OPPO) appear to be inching closer to their own avatar of a foldable phone.

Here are some foldables we might see this year.

In context

These foldable phones will be launched in 2019
Foldables are bound to happen

Reason

Foldables are bound to happen

Prior to 2018, the idea of foldables floated just as a possibility.

However, last year, we witnessed a number of changes that drove leading players into the game.

For one, California based company Royole unveiled the world's first foldable phone; then Samsung gave a glimpse of its own foldable device.

Notably, Google also jumped onto the bandwagon by announcing Android support for foldables.

Phone #1

Samsung Galaxy F

Samsung's foldable phone, rumored to be called Galaxy F, is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year.

The device was showcased last year at Samsung's developer conference but was packed in a case to protect 'design elements'.

It reportedly carries a massive 7.3-inch display, which folds like a book to trigger a 4.6-inch external screen - for a smartphone-like experience.

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Possible Galaxy F specifications

Galaxy F is expected to come with a triple camera setup, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9810 chipset, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and 6,000mAh battery. This phone will probably run Google's foldable-optimized version of Android and launch on February 20.

Xiaomi's dual-folding phone

Phone #2

Xiaomi's dual-folding phone

Along with Samsung, Chinese giant Xiaomi is also working on a foldable phone

The device is yet to be unveiled officially, but we have already seen its futuristic dual-folding mechanism.

Basically, its sides can be folded backward to change the form factor of a tablet into that of a compact phone with thin top and bottom bezels and curved glass edges.

What would come with Xiaomi's foldable phone?

Xiaomi's foldable, likely to be called Mi Dual Flex and Mi MIX Flex, is still a prototype. Its internals have not been revealed, but Xiaomi has already adapted MIUI for the device, something that suggests we may see it pretty soon, maybe at MWC 2019.

Phone #3

2019 Motorola RAZR

Further, Motorola is said to be reviving its iconic RAZR in a foldable avatar.

Back in 2004, the RAZR brand drove huge sales for the company, and now, reports have indicated Lenovo wants to build on that popularity by launching a $1500 foldable RAZR.

There's no official word on its specs, but patent filings suggest its display might fold vertically like a flip phone.

RAZR might also come in February

As per the Wall Street Journal, Motorola's RAZR foldable phone might also be launched in February. However, the details are yet to be finalized and the launch of the phone could be pushed ahead.

LG's own foldable phone

Phone #4

LG's own foldable phone

Just like Samsung, LG is another big contender in the game of foldable phones.

The company, which has mastered the art of rollable displays, has already confirmed that it's working on a foldable device.

However, apart from a few patents revealing different folding mechanisms and trademarks of names like Flex, Foldi, and Duplex, not much has been revealed about the device in question.

Others

Foldables from OPPO and Huawei

Even OPPO and Huawei have confirmed plans of launching their own foldable phones.

There's no word on what OPPO's phone would look like, but the one from Huawei is expected to have two displays, like Samsung, along with 5G capabilities.

Detailed specs are not out, but they both are expected to be unveiled sometime in the first half of 2019.

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When will Xiaomi launch its foldable phone?

What would be the price of Samsung's foldable phone?

When will Galaxy S10 launch?

What would be the price of Motorola RAZR foldable phone?

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When will Xiaomi launch its foldable phone?

Asked 2019-01-26 20:17:41 by Ankita Jain

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There's no official word on the launch timeline of Xiaomi's foldable phone.

What would be the price of Samsung's foldable phone?

Asked 2019-01-26 20:17:41 by Anika Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

Samsung Galaxy F is expected to be priced around $1,700 in the US. India price is likely to be much higher.

When will Galaxy S10 launch?

Asked 2019-01-26 20:17:41 by Anika Jindal

Answered by NewsBytes

The new Galaxy S10 lineup will be introduced alongside Galaxy F during Samsung's Unpacked event on February 20.

What would be the price of Motorola RAZR foldable phone?

Asked 2019-01-26 20:17:41 by Dhruv Dutta

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Motorola RAZR foldable phone is expected to be priced around $1,500.

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