Flip phones were a thing about eight to ten years back when the Moto Razr ruled the smartphone kingdom with a slick design and a sexy fold. Phones have since evolved slowly into small powerhouses with gigantic screens and all sort of sensors on them, but one cannot quite undermine how beautiful and unique the phones looked back then. Samsung however, has not left out the design completely even from its latest smartphones. In fact, there's even a flip phone in China right now (W2017) that's running on Android Marshmallow, sports a Super AMOLED 4.2-inch 1080p touch-enabled display and is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset!
Samsung is about to move a step further with a new design for its next flip smartphone, which will resemble any other brick style touch screen Android device in the market, but will also be capable of being folded like a traditional flip phone. The foldable display, assisted by a specialised hinge will make carrying a large-screen phone much more feasible and not to mention, a lot more stylish as well. Take a look at the renders to get an idea of the concept.
We are pretty sure that what we are seeing here is a result of Project Valley, announced back in March, 2015 by Samsung. Could this be the Galaxy X that we had been hearing about just a few months ago?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
2019 is going to be the year of the foldable smartphones without a doubt, and while the technology may still take a few years before it can be more standardized and improved upon, foldable display is the trend that every OEM wants a piece of apparently. On that note, here are all the smartphones that have so far been revealed by OEMs and should be available for purchase in the coming months.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold
It is a huge device and it sports a huge price tag as well at $1,980! Nonetheless, the foldable smartphone sports impressive specs which includes an external OLED display of 4.5-inches and an internal foldable OLED display that measures 7.3 inches, which is only revealed on opening the phone. It supports the latest media and eve latest video gaming technologies, high-graphic online slots included. Powered by the latest processor from Samsung, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 4,380mAh foldable battery and a tri-lens module (16MP+12MP+12MP) at the back, the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase from April.
The Huawei Mate X
The foldable display on the Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches and on closing, the display stays on the outside, unlike with the Galaxy Fold. If you thought the Galaxy Fold was expensive, wait till you get a load of the Mate X's $2,600 price tag! Powered by the extremely capable Hisilicon Kirin 980 and 5G capabilities, the exact date has not been set for the Mate X's release yet, although it was unveiled at the MWC 2019.
Xiaomi Mix Flex
Revealed only by a teaser, the Xiaomi Mi Flex has gained a lot of attention recently. The prototype has been shown on camera by President of Xiaomi Lin Bin already, so it's only a matter of time before the device becomes official. What makes the Mix Flex Unique is that unlike most of the devices that we have seen so far officially or via rumors and leaks, the prototype was shown as a tablet that could be bended on both sides to leave enough room only for a smartphone display. The double folding smartphone can also be called Xiaomi Dual Flex when it finally comes out, as stated by the Lin Bin himself.
Do note that the rumored LG Bendi, the Moto Razr 2019 and the Oppo Foldable Phone were kept out of this list intentionally, as they have not yet been confirmed by their respective manufacturers. Which one do you find most impressive? More importantly, can you justify the price tags that Samsung and Huawei are putting on these devices? Let us know in the comments.