MWC (Mobile World Congress) is in full swing right now and more than 1,00,000 telecom excutives, engineers, and enthusiasts are attending the trade show. While 5G technology has been making progress over the years and is expected to arrive soon, foldable phones have grabbed everyone's attention this year.
Every phone maker is keen on releasing a phone with "foldable" or "bendable" display. With all the foldable phones launching left and right, this month has been a lively one for smartphones.
For years we've heard Samsung tease its work on bendable displays, and are finally seeing it fructify. Here's a list of all the cool foldable phones announced this year at MWC.1. Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold literally folds in half like a book to use as a phone with a 4.6in screen on the outside, and unfolds to reveal a large 7.3in screen to use as a tablet on the inside. It comes with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, along with six cameras: three on the back, two on the big screen and one on the front screen for selfies when the phone is closed.
The Fold has a powerful and smooth hinge with hidden gears, a split battery and a new software system called app continuity that switches between the screen as you open the phone. The new device will be released on 26th April in the US and 3rd May in Europe, after nearly a decade in the making. It comes with a price tag of US$ 1,890 (Rs 1,34,000) and is a crucial product for Samsung as it tries to maintain its supremacy.2. Huawei Mate X
Following Samsung's lead, Huawei unveiled its ultra-premium folding screen phone and enthusiasts can't stop admiring its design. It has a flexible OLED display that covers both the front and back of the device and which unfolds outwards to become an eight-inch tablet screen. Huawei's Mate X has just one screen on the outside.
It features a fingerprint scanner for authentication, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The large battery is capable of charging at 55W and Huawei calls this SuperCharge technology. The company claims it is the world's fastest 5G foldable phone and that its position as an equipment manufacturer gives it an advantage. The phone has been priced at US$ 2,299 (Rs 1,63,000) and will be available later this year.3. OPPO Foldable Phone
While Samsung and Huawei have announced they'll be mass producing the phone soon, OPPO is taking a step back and analysing the market response. For now, the company hasn't even named it and it's still technically a concept. We've already seen multiple patents suggesting OPPO has enough research and development in place to actually launch a phone when needed.
The company did show off a few pictures of the concept and it looks very identical to Huawei's Mate X. The design language is similar and we expect OPPO to add its own set of unique offerings. The brand has been making great strides in mobile camera technology, and we'd love to see a photography centric foldable phone from them.4. Nubia Alpha
This is a combination of a watch and a phone, and Nubia likes to call it the world's first foldable wearable. It sports a 4-inch 960x192 OLED screen, has 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. The battery is sufficient enough to last a day or two.
It supports all standard smartwatch features like activity tracking, sleep sense, and heart rate sensor. Adding to this, it has an eSIM that can be used for calls, text, and data on the go. The OS is custom built on Android and supports voice controls, air gestures, and other intuitive controls. It retails for €549 (Rs 44,000) and will be available from the third quarter of this year.5. TCL Displays
TCL has a licence for making BlackBerry and Alcatel branded phones, and it has shown off a host of bendable displays that are cheaper to make and could be a part of many upcoming phones. The company is calling its folding mechanism "DragonHinge" and is being secretive about the working or construction.
The DragonHinge helps in bridging the two screens together to create a foldable phone, and it's paired with flexible AMOLED displays from TCL's sister company, CSOT. With its technology, TCL wants to bring down the cost of making a foldable phone since both Samsung and Huawei cost a couple thousand dollar.