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Rise of the Fold-able Smartphone
10 Apr 19

Foldable phones

The future has come to meet us in 2019! Foldable smartphones are here, and while they may be pricey on contract the technology is already very impressive. Soon our Networks (MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C) will offer foldable smartphones at monthly contract prices which will match any regular smartphone.

When it all started.

The launch of the Royole FlexPai toward the end of last year set the scenes for foldable smartphones and since then, everyone from your average smartphone user to straight-up tech junkies have been waiting with baited breath for Samsung’s more streamlined take on this tech innovation.

However Samsung is not the only smartphone giant who has been looking into streamlining this technology. Huawei, LG, Apple, and Xiaomi are just a few big names in the business launching their own take on foldable smartphones. Get the bigger picture on the current state of foldable smartphones with Phil from Phonefinder.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Screen size: 7.3-inch (FullView), 4.6-inch ("cover” screen)

Processor: Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor

Storage: 12GB RAM, 512GB ROM

Battery: 4380mAh

At the Unpacked launch of the Samsung S10, Samsung also introduced its first foldable smartphone to much excitement. You may have previously heard talk of a Samsung Galaxy X, Samsung Galaxy F, and Samsung Galaxy Flex, but the official name of Samsung’s foldable smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Fold – got it?

As the name suggests, you can fold this adaptable, little device in half, from a 7.3-inch tablet to a 4.6-inch smartphone display. This is possible with Samsung’s new flexible screen technology, dubbed the Infinity Flex Display. This mean machine is powered by a 4380mAh battery, split over two separate cells, giving each screen enough juice to give you the best user experience, no matter how you’re using these screens. The Galaxy Fold is no lightweight with a storage capacity of 12GB RAM and 512GB, and the Android Pie OS. There are talks about making the Infinity Flex screen technology a part of other Samsung products – imagine being able to fold up your smart TV like that.

Huawei Mate X

Hauwei Mate x

Screen size: 8-inch (FullView), 6.38-inch and 6.6-inch (folded displays)

Processor: Kirin 980

Storage: 8GB RAM, 512 GB ROM

Battery: 4500mAh

Huawei is quite confident that their foldable smartphone could easily one-up Samsung’s latest innovation. Aside from proving a worthy competitor to Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X is leading the charge of 5G-supporting smartphones. Unlike most foldable smartphones, the Huawei Mate X can fold completely flat, offering a seamless experience with its outward-facing screen.

Also, unlike the new Samsung folding phone, its three cameras will not be found on the same side as its tablet-like screen; instead the cameras can be found on the flipside of the phone on the strip that runs down the side of the smaller of the two displays (6.38-inch and 6.6-inch screens) when the smartphone is folded over. This raised strip also features a finger-scanner and can double as a side-grip when holding the unfolded 8-inch FullView style screen. Some are disappointed that the cameras are only on the one side, since it means the user cannot take selfies with the smartphone’s unfolded screen. However, this could be something of a win because the user doesn’t have a notch taking up any space on the screen.

Xiaomi Mi Fold

Xiaomi fold

Screen size: 10-inch (FullView), 6.5-inch (folded display)

Processor: Snapdragon 855

Storage: 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB ROM

Battery: 6200mAh

Not to be outdone, Chinese dark horse, Xiaomi is thinking outside the box with its unusual design. Rather than simply fold over once, the Xiaomi Mi Fold is the first double-folding smartphone, with two flexible joints allowing the smartphone’s 6.5-inch display to unfurl into a 10-inch tablet. With its updated Android OS, this foldable smartphone can operate in three modes: double-folded, single-folded, and FullView. In short, it’s the best of all the worlds!

Don’t think all these screen gymnastics mean that there’s no room for a camera on this phone. There is always room for a camera on a modern smartphone! In fact, the Xiaomi Mi Fold has three cameras (20MP, 16MP and 12MP), meaning it should be capable of stunning shots among other professional effects.


Final word from Phil:Aside from what we’ve covered here, there are other foldable smartphones in the pipeline. Not wanting to fall behind their competitors, LG filed a patent for its own foldable smartphone, the LG BENDI. Motorola is trying to reclaim the limelight by bringing back their bestselling Motorola

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