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  1. Samsung announced one of the most iconic smartphones in the company history back in February and was the first to show off a foldable smartphone. The company has managed to produce the smartphone at a scale and is now ready to be sold in various regions, Huawei showed off their version of a foldable smartphone as well that also touted a unique and exciting design. Samsung has already started to send out review devices to journalists and there have been numerous reports about the $2000 dollar smartphone breaking after a single day of use. The Galaxy Fold has been suffering a broken screen sometimes due to user error or due to low durability. The first report comes from Dieter Bohn at The Verge where he had a piece of debris under the Galaxy Fold display. It was pressing up against the back of the display and caused a bump in the OLED panel. The debris managed to press against the display enough to break it and killed some vertical and horizontal rows of pixels. © Twitter/Steve Kovach For Steve Kovach of CNBC, the device's display broke right along the fold crease and the pixels in the folding area were dead. This kind of confirmed that the crease in the middle may cause an issue as the display broke right along the crease. © Twitter The Galaxy Fold also comes with a layer on the display that resembles some sort of protective glass. The layer is not supposed to be removed; however, some of the reviewers were not known of the case. Mark Gurman from Bloomberg removed the layer of the display file saying, The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you're not supposed to (consumers won't know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem." The removal of the film totally killed the smartphone as the left half of the display died. © Twitter/MKBD YouTuber Marques Brownlee also peeled off the protective layer and said "the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement.” After one day of use... pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9 — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019 Folding smartphones is a brand new concept for smartphones and it is bound to see some hiccups before becoming mainstream. Samsung is the only company right now that has managed to make foldable smartphones real then masses. The Galaxy Fold is definitely for first-generation early adopters as we will see some improvements in design in the near future. As of now, Galaxy Fold is already sold out when it comes to pre-orders and has "overwhelming demand”.
  2. We got to check out Huawei's first foldable smartphone and the Chinese company has confirmed that it will launch in India later this year. The Mate X unfolds and transforms a 6.6“ full screen to an eight-inch tablet, that essentially doubles the viewing area. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Huawei Mate X is also 5G ready and has massive 4,500 battery capacity that can be charged with a supplied 55W charger. The display is essentially an 8-inch OLED display that basically folds at the centre and becomes a smaller smartphone with a screen on the back and the front. It's sturdy and has a very comfortable form factor that makes it practical and easy to use. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Commenting on the India availability, Mr Wally Yang, Senior Product Marketing Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group said, “India is an important market for us and we have been consistently investing and expanding our footprint in the market. We are focused on delivering the user experiences that defines the future of smartphone in the smart era. The unveiling of the Huawei Mate X was the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living. As the leader of the 5G era, we are bringing an inspired, intelligent experience to global consumers in every aspect of their lives. We want our customers here to witness Huawei's global 5G technological strength, and experience this technology marvel.” © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Huawei Mate X runs on the Balong 5000 chipset, which is able to support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G with a single chip. It is capable of downloading at speed of 4.6Gbps in Sub-6GHz (low-frequency band, 5G main frequency band). When it comes to processing power, the Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla For more information on the Huawei Mate X and how it fares against the Samsung Fold, you can read all about it here.
  3. Samsung made a huge splash last month at the UNPACKED event by announcing the Galaxy Fold. In case you've been living under a rock, the Galaxy Fold is a hybrid device with a tablet-sized screen inside which unfolds like a notebook. It looks futuristic, but we have our reservations about its practicality. Now, if the new reports are something to go by, it looks like Samsung is readying two more foldable phones with significantly different designs. According to Bloomberg's report, one of these devices will have a large screen that wraps around the outside of the device, much like Huawei's Mate X. The other device is said to be a vertically folding phone shaped like a clamshell. © BCCL The first phone, with an inward fold, sounds more fascinating since the Huawei's impressive Mate X looked more promising. It's less thick when folded and just looks more appealing and practical in general. However, it remains to be seen if Samsung has some other design up its sleeves. Moving on, the clamshell phone sounds more like the upcoming Moto RAZR, or Samsung's own W2019 flip phone that debuted last year. Additionally, Samsung is also said to incorporate the in-display fingerprint scanner into its foldable lineup, which, we believe will be more or less similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S10 phones. © YouTube Samsung's clamshell-style foldable phone is planned to release later this year or early 2020, and is said to be followed by the Mate X-style foldable phone. In the meantime, you can keep your eyes on the Galaxy Fold as it's set for a release in April.
  4. Galaxy Unpacked and MWC were the choice of venue for Huawei and Samsung to unveil their iterations of a foldable smartphone. Both phones have managed to capture the imagination of smartphone users, however, there's an unlikely company using the same marketing style to promote their own product. It's even called the “LEGO Fold”. © Samsung Behold, we give you LEGO's own foldable toy that's actually a pop-up book set, that is being promoted in the same style as Samsung's Galaxy Fold. The device in question has a 5-inch cover display and an 11-inch pop 'screen'. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, is 4.6-inches when folded and 7.3-inched when unfolded. Of course, the LEGO Fold is not really a smartphone however we can appreciate LEGO's level of trolling. A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery. pic.twitter.com/yodboV2aEK — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 4, 2019 © Lego, Samsung LEGO's trolling efforts go further as the company released the artwork with the caption “creative play that never runs out of battery” comparing the storybook with a smartphone. LEGO has been a leading toy maker and it is quite refreshing to see the company take a dig on smartphones. We live in an age where smartphones/tablets are rapidly replacing toys as a source of entertainment for kids. What's great about the LEGO Fold is that it doesn't cost as much as Samsung or Huawei's offering. It will sell for $69.99 which is nothing when compared to Galaxy Fold's price tag of $2000.
  5. MWC saw quite a few interesting and weird smartphones, however, the show was stolen by all the foldable smartphones that were announced. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event, followed by a more practical foldable smartphone by Huawei called the 'Mate X'. As of now, foldable smartphones have been teased by various companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, LG, Motorola and others. Apple has considered making a foldable smartphone in the past and has also filed a patent that covers “Flexible Display Devices”, however, we have not seen anything from the Cupertino giant as of now. Even though Apple may just be the only manufacturer that has not flirted with a foldable prototype, it didn't stop Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak from wanting one. © LetsGoDigital Speaking to Bloomberg, Wozniak said that he really wants to get his hands on a foldable iPhone and wants Apple to be a leader in this segment of smartphones. “Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, (Face ID) and easy payment with the phone,” Wozniak said during the Bloomberg interview. “They're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone.” Apple is known to have surprises up its sleeve and we cannot be sure whether the company is already working on a foldable smartphone. Even though the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have been announced, the two smartphones are not yet ready for consumers. It's still quite expensive and is in the initial stage of development. Apple, on the other hand, is known to launch devices that just work and it may be too soon for the company to unveil its own foldable device. © LetsGoDigital Even if Apple does make a foldable iPhone, there's a good chance it may look like the image above. It's a render based on the patent filed by Apple and developed by LetsGoDigital. Do you want a foldable iPhone in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Source: Bloomberg
  6. 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 © Samsung 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 © BCCL 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 © OPPO 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 © Nubia 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 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.
  7. Samsung and Huawei kicked-off MWC 2019 with their foldable phones and we're still trying to wrap our heads around the groundbreaking technology. Social media and forums are filled with optimists as well as pessimists, and this has become the hottest topic for enthusiasts right now. Companies are ready to mass produce bendable displays, but one question still remains. How are we going to use these foldable phones in real life? How will the software compliment the hardware? It's going to take time to slowly understand different use case scenarios, and develop a finished product. © Nubia But, Nubia is taking this a level further with the launch of Nubia Alpha (styled as α). It's a combination of a watch and a phone, sporting a foldable display and the brand calls this a "wearable phone with a flexible display". To be honest, it's a fancy watch that offers more slightly more features than your regular wearable, but do we really need it right now? It sports a 4-inch 960x192 OLED screen that roughly covers half your wrist. Even though the brand claims it to be a phone, the specs say a different story. It comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and 500mAh battery. There's also a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Nubia suggests the device will last 1-2 days of regular use, or a week on standby. © Nubia Just like the Apple Watch, it has a built-in eSIM which you can use for calls, texts, and all that other stuff SIM cards can do. It is water resistant, has activity and sleep-tracking along with a heart-rate sensor. Well, you can see movies on the watch if you don't mind standing with your arm lifted at the right angle all the time. And, the OS is custom built. Meaning, don't expect kick-ass app support anytime soon. The OS gets voice controls, air gestures, and other intuitive controls, but we're yet to see how smooth they really are. © Nubia On paper, the watch sounds exciting but lacks any practical usage. Yes, it is technically a "phone", but then the same can be said about the Apple Watch LTE as well. The watch costs a whopping €549 (Rs 44,000) in Europe and expected to ship from the third quarter of this year. Brands need to stop blindly following trends and think about delivering a usable product. You may manage to house a foldable display, but will it offer anything substantially better to the user in day-to-day life?
  8. MWC 2019 is in full swing and it's all about 5G and foldable phones. Even before the tradeshow started, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold alongside the S10 and grabbed everyone's attention. This was soon followed by Huawei's Mate X, however, the two folding phones have a different approach and are the hottest products in town. Now, OPPO has also joined the bandwagon and revealed the images of their "concept" folding phones. OPPO VP Brian Shen shared a few pictures of the concept phone on Weibo and said the company isn't planning on shipping the phone unless there is sufficient demand. The most interesting part of the phone is its design though. © Weibo The pictures reveal a phone that looks eerily similar to Huawei's Mate X. A single large OLED panel wraps around both the sides when folded, instead of folding towards the inside (like the Galaxy Fold). A bar on the outside houses a dual camera setup and offers grip in holding the tablet-cum phone. Shen said, that he doesn't think a foldable phone brings significant improvement in user experience and hence OPPO is refraining from mass producing the phone right now. Basically, OPPO intends to let Samsung and Huawei launch their offerings, analyse the market response, and then decide whether the product is viable in short-term. © Weibo Xiaomi has also confirmed that it is working on a foldable phone with dual-fold technology. We've previously seen them teasing a similar prototype, and expect the brand to join the trend in the coming future. OPPO hasn't named the concept yet and even the internal specifications remain unknown. With so many companies trying to make their mark, it's ultimately going to be good for the consumer. Samsung and Huawei are charging upwards of US$ 2,000 (Rs 1,42,000) for the foldable phones right now, and with more companies joining the trend and investing in development, the costs are bound to gradually come down. © Weibo So far, OPPO has announced it will launch a phone with 10x "lossless" zoom technology in the second quarter of this year. The phone will have a triple-lens camera structure including a 48-megapixel main camera, 120-degree ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens. "Our 10x Lossless Zoom is mass-production-ready and will appear in a product soon," said Chuck Wang, Product Manager, OPPO.
  9. Huawei has been churning out some spectacular devices in the past year which resulted in the Chinese company becoming the world's second-largest smartphone brand by market share. Recently, Samsung announced its latest flagship smartphone that impressed the world. However, one big caveat of the smartphone is its thickness when folded. Huawei may have come up with a solution and out-engineered the South Korean giant with a more practical foldable smartphone. It's called the Huawei Mate X and it was unveiled over the weekend ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC). The smartphone trumps Samsung's fold in a lot of ways, for example, it has a better screen-to-body ratio. The Huawei Mate X has an 8-inch OLED display that basically folds at the centre and becomes a smaller smartphone with a screen on the back and the front. Samsung's Fold may look exciting, however, it has a cut out on its display when unfolded and has bigger bezels. © Reuters As we mentioned before, the Samsung Fold is not exactly a sleek smartphone that can fit right into your pocket. However, Huawei has made a foldable smartphone that's thinner when folded i.e. 11mm. That's 6mm thinner than Samsung's Fold making it easier to carry around. When it comes to different sizes when using different screens for different purposes, here's how the Mate X's display will work: â 6.6-inch (19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2480 x 1148 resolution) main display, when folded. â 6.4-inch (25:9, 2480 x 892) rear display, when folded. â 8-inch (8:7.1, 2480 x 2200) main display, when unfolded. When a smartphone has a massive screen when opened, it also needs a massive battery to power it for a long duration. The Mate X comes with a 4,500 mAh battery and can charge at 55W. That's getting an 85% charge in half an hour. When it comes to processing power, the Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset that is also present on the Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20. It's coupled with Huawei's latest 5G modem and has peak download speeds of 4.6Gbps. That's double of what Qualcomm's n X50 5G chipset can achieve on the Samsung Galaxy Fold. © Huawei The Mate X comes with a quad camera setup however Huawei hasn't detailed much about them apart from the fact that it is "at par” with the Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro was one of the best smartphones for mobile photography last year and is amongst the top Android smartphones of 2018. The Huawei Mate X has a lot going on that also demands a huge price tag. It's priced at 2,300 euros, which is roughly Rs 1,85,300 and is quite more expensive than Samsung's Galaxy Fold. It's expected to be available around June or July in select markets and we aren't sure if we will get to see Mate X launch in India until 5G networks take off.
  10. MWC (Mobile World Congress) is an annual trade show that happens in Barcelona. It marks a very important milestone in the telecom as well as the phone industry, since brands announce their plans for the upcoming year and this helps in setting a proper roadmap for upcoming tech. While one would expect the MWC 2019 to be all about 5G, folding phones shall be stealing the limelight this year. © YouTube For years, we've heard Samsung tease bendable displays, and we're finally going to see them in the wild. In fact, the world's first bendable phone has already been shown off at CES 2019 by Royole. We have a made a list of folding smartphones that we expect to see at MWC this year: 1. Samsung Galaxy Fold or X: © YouTube We aren't sure what the official name of the phone will be and the rumour mills have churned out a lot of them. This is the same phone Samsung had showed-off last year for a few seconds, and we expect it to go on sale by the end of this year. Reports suggest that Samsung will call it the "Infinity Flex" display and it'll measure 7.3-inches with a resolution of 2152 x 1536 pixels. It's slated to cost a whopping US$ 1,800 (Rs 1,29,000) at launch and will sport a gigantic 6,000+ mAh battery. The battery shall be split and divided into the two sides. Reports also suggest that Samsung will call the interface OneUI and will let the user open three apps at once. Obviously, it shall be powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 processor or even Samsung's own Exynos chipset. 2. Huawei's Foldable Phone: © LetsGoDigital Huawei has emerged as a major long term player and is currently among the few to compete with Samsung in the flagship range. While Samsung has been officially teasing foldable phones for years, we've seen multiple patent filings by Huawei to confirm the brand is serious about the segment. Not much is known about its phone right now, but Huawei's CEO had told in an interview once that the foldable phone can replace your laptops. Reports suggest it will sport a 7-inch display and support 5G. If Huawei is serious about marketing the phone as a laptop replacement, it shall also have a blazing fast processor for top-notch performance on the go. 3. LG: © LetsGoDigital Samsung and LG not only compete indirectly selling smartphones but also have a rivalry in the display panel segment. The two supply a huge chunk of panels to other OEMs and Samsung has managed to get an edge with OLED panels. With folding displays, LG doesn't want to miss out on the opportunity. LG has registered three brand names: Flex, Foldi, and Duplex. Flex could be a curved phone, Foldi could be a folding phone, Duplex could be a larger tablet cum phone with two folds. For now, we haven't heard much about their plans, and given the poor sales record of LG phones, we expect the brand to go hard on this concept to make a comeback. 4. Motorola: © WikiMedia The brand was insanely popular back in the day for its RAZR phones. The flip phones had created a hype of their own and the series had helped Motorola become a top phone maker. Now, the brand is owned by Lenovo and intends on making a nostalgic, but modernised comeback with Razr branding. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that foldable screens may be the key to reintroduce the RAZR. There have been patents registered that suggest the company is exploring this design line. 5. Xiaomi: © Xiaomi Last month Xiaomi released a prototype video that showed both sides of the phone can be folded to transform it from a tablet into a more compact phone. Xiaomi's president revealed that they have employed a four-wheel drive foldable shaft technology and a foldable display to achieve the form factor. The prototype visible in the video demonstrates only the folding functionality of the device and all other specifications remain unknown. Xiaomi has become a major player globally and is capable of derailing other products in the segment with aggressive pricing.
  11. We've been talking about a foldable smartphone by Samsung for years and it seems like the company will finally reveal the smartphone. We will finally get a glimpse at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 as the company teased the smartphone via a tweet. The South Korean company tweeted with the caption “The future of mobile will unfold,” which basically confirms that it would at least give consumers a glimpse into the foldable smartphone which is said to open and close like a book. The future of mobile will unfold on February 20, 2019. #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/MHvwrt7Rf4 — Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 11, 2019 We've already seen the prototype of the phone back in November when Samsung showed off the foldable phone encased in a bulky cover. Justin Denison, Samsung Electronics America SVP and GM, indicated that the phone was hidden in the case so that the true design could be revealed at its official launch which looks like it will be happening in eight days. © Twitter Denison also detailed that the smartphone could not only expand to seven inches but also run three apps at the same time. It is said to have a very sleek appearance with a screen that “had to be thinner than any other.” © Twitter/CNet Samsung Vietnam may have actually revealed the design of the phone earlier this month in a teaser video that is now deleted. Samsung is not the only phone maker that has been working on a foldable smartphone as Rouyu and LG both plan to launch their foldable device later this year.
  12. Samsung's next launch event is right around the corner and the Korean company may have just made the event a bit more exciting. Samsung is scheduled to announce the Galaxy S10 and its different models. However, a foldable smartphone may also be unveiled. In one of the videos promoting the Unpacked 2019 event, Samsung teased a foldable smartphone that may launch alongside the Galaxy S10. © LetsGoDigital Based on these teasers, renders of the Galaxy F or Galaxy Fold may look like have surfaced online. Samsung did give us a glimpse last November of the foldable smartphone; however, it was encased in a thick dummy case. Samsung promises that the final version of the phone will be a lot thinner. However, it did not stop LetsGoDigital from making renders based on the promo video and past leaks. The bezels are thin around the edges and it looks rather sexy as compared to what Samsung showed off last year. © LetsGoDigital The overall form factor in the render is a lot wider which gives it a uniform look you would expect from a tablet. It looks less square which means it will also be a wider screen when folded. The smartphone will use Samsung's new One UI which will have easier functionality for one-handed use. However, this is all based on Samsung's promo video and if Samsung sticks to what it showed, the final device will look very similar to these renders. Having said that, you must take this news with a pinch of salt as you never know whether Samsung will show off a foldable smartphone in its full glory or not at the Unpacked event later this month. Source: LetsGoDigital
  13. Last year, Samsung gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming foldable phone and everyone has been excited about the future of smartphones. We've already heard LG and Huawei working on similar technology and now Xiaomi is joining the battle as well. The company's president, Lin Bin, has now confirmed that the company is indeed working on a "double folding smartphone", and has shared a video showing it in action. Both sides of the phone can be folded back to transform it from a tablet into a more compact phone. We're confident the video shows a prototype in action since creases are easily visible. Considering the new form factor transformation, the device will be running an optimized version of MIUI that will instantly convert the UI for a seamless experience. The video shows the device can quickly change into a compact phone and sports glossy finish. Xiaomi's president revealed that they have employed a four-wheel drive foldable shaft technology and a foldable display to achieve the form factor. This may make this device the first one to sport a double folding mechanism. © Xiaomi The prototype visible in the video demonstrates only the folding functionality of the device and all other specifications remain unknown. In fact, there are no cameras or sensors visible on the prototype. The power button is located on the top, for now. The most important part of the video is how quickly the UI transforms to accommodate a new form factor. If any brand wants success with this concept, a seamless transition in the UI has to be a top priority. © YouTube / Samsung's Prototype One question continues to remain unanswered though, when will we see these prototypes production ready? Recent reports have indicated Samsung will be releasing a foldable phone by the end of this year. We expect Xiaomi too have a similar roadmap as well, considering they want to directly take on the South Korean giant. As far as prices are concerned, we've also heard that these devices are going to be extremely costly in the beginning. MWC 2019 is just a month away now and we look forward to seeing more of this in action there.
  14. For years we've heard companies brag about their research and development on foldable or bendable displays. Flexing a display isn't new though; both Samsung and LG had their short stints with slightly bendable displays with the Galaxy Round and G Flex. But, the technology remains new and lacks practical applications right now. Samsung got us all excited again in November by finally showing off a concept phone. It did not detail whether the smartphone will go on sale anytime soon or how much it will cost, but it's sure that we can expect a launch soon in the coming quarters. © Samsung Last year, we saw reports stating that even Huawei and LG are working on "foldable" displays. One thing is crystal clear, the future of smartphones is bendable. And, this is the essential reason why every major player wants a piece in the development process. Google is relatively new to the "hardware" part of smartphones with the Pixel series. Even after three generations of launches, the line-up is yet to pick up traction in terms of sales. Now, a fresh rumour is doing the rounds stating Google is also working on foldable phones. © YouTube According to Wccf tech, their source "Murtazin" believes Google has a foldable smartphone under the works. The source has a mixed track record, and we wouldn't jump seeing a single report, but there are multiple official announcements that solidify this claim. In August, Google announced native support for foldable phones in Android. And, Google was also awarded a patent for a hinged folding phone, and it looked like it might be working with Motorola on the development. © USPTO The United States Patent and Trademark Office published the details of the invention on its website, which shows a two-part handset with a hinged area in the middle. The majority of the text covers the method of displaying on or either side of the hinge, plus the software that would control it. Additionally, the document illustrates the different modes the phone could be used in. Keep in mind, it's normal for companies to patent technology as soon as possible. But, this doesn't guarantee fruition of the project. We are confident about one thing though, Google won't be the "first" one to release this technology. Samsung has been aiming for the throne since years and seems almost ready to grab it. Source: Wccf tech
  15. Last month Samsung showed off a brand new concept phone that has a foldable screen and closes just like a book. The current smartphone market has become extremely saturated and demands a unique offering. This is the core reason why brands have been trying new things like edge-to-edge displays, sliding cameras, and dual display setups. Dubbed the "Galaxy F" or "Galaxy Fold", it was shown-off for a very short period under dimmed lights to protect its design aspects. Samsung is calling its display technology "Infinity Flex" and claims it can be folded to fit inside a pocket. The display will measure 7.3-inch with a 1536 x 2152p resolution and 4.2:3 aspect ratio in an unfolded state. © LetsGoDigital Now, a recent report by a Korean market research group has perfectly detailed interesting bits of specs about Samsung's foldable smartphone. It is expected to have a total battery backup of 6000mAh and will consist of two batteries, one for each half of the chassis, and the suggested battery size combines the capacity of both batteries It will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 9820 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, depending on the market. Along with the beefy processor, it shall house 8GB of RAM along with 128GB internal storage. The handset is also expected to feature a dual 12MP primary camera setup paired with an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. © YouTube The report claims that all the information has been verified with the component suppliers and further adds it will have two cameras on the back with 12-megapixel sensors and an 8-megapixel on the cover. Suppliers of OLED screens, flexible printed circuit boards, and batteries are expected to benefit the most from the new form factors. Samsung is the leader in display technology and is expected to maintain supremacy over competitors like LG until 2020. © Reuters However, the cost of all this technology and flexibility is not going to be cheap. The phone will cost almost 70 percent more to make than the Galaxy S9+ at a whopping US$ 636.70 (Rs 45,500). The firm claims that it will carry a 65 percent markup and sell for a whopping US$ 1,800 (Rs 1,30,000). The price of foldable phones is expected to go down till US$ 1,300 (Rs 93,000) by 2022. Source: LetsGoDigital
  16. Samsung recently announced its foldable smartphone, however, the South-Korean giant did not specify the pricing of the upcoming smartphone. The smartphone was shown off at last week's Developer Conference where the phone was concealed with a strong silhouette — only showing the Infinity Flex display. © YouTube The foldable smartphone will basically be a tablet that can be folded into a phone or the other way around. It as a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED “cover display” that can turn into a 7.3-inch Super AMOLED “main display” © Youtube Analysts suggest that components for the new phone will start shipping from suppliers to Samsung early November. Samsung will be able to manufacture the device in time and make it available for consumer next year. Having said that, some analysts have reported that the price of the foldable smartphone will not be in the same price range as the company's other flagships. The foldable smartphone is expected to retail for 2 million won which roughly translates to $1,765. That's very expensive as compared to other foldable devices. Samsung is expected to officially unveil the final smartphone at 2019 CES and wants to grab the title of the “world's first” before its main competitor, Huawei, delivers a similar phone before them. Source: Pocketnow
  17. Samsung showed off a brand new concept phone that has a foldable screen and closes just like a book. Samsung plans to shake up the smartphone business with a new smartphone in an already saturated market. Samsung hosted a conference for software developers in San Francisco and the company showed off the Infinity Flex Display. The company also showed off a new software that would run on the smartphone/tablet. © YouTube Samsung did not detail whether the smartphone will go on sale anytime soon or how much it will cost. Samsung only showed off the display of the smartphone and didn't give a clear look at the body of the smartphone. Having said that, the smartphone looks like a normal smartphone when folded and opens up like a book to transform into a 7.3-inch display. It will be the largest smartphone screen ever released and is big enough to run three apps side by side. According to Samsung, the screen can be folded thousands of time and the company is also looking into a screen that rolls and stretches. When folded, the display will be 4.85-inches in size and have an aspect ratio of 21:9 and resolution of 840x1,960 pixels. As a tablet, the 7.3-inch Main Display will have a 4.2:3 aspect ratio with 1,536x2,152 pixel resolution. When unfolded the Cover Display automatically turns off. © YouTube Samsung will be releasing a simulator for developers to develop and test apps for the upcoming smartphone. The South-Korean giant is working with Google and Android to deliver a software experience that will power the smartphone.
  18. Samsung has been working on flexible display technology for years and has been teasing a flexible phone for quite some time. The company has now confirmed that a foldable display laptop is being developed, at the launch event of Samsung Notebook Flash. Lee Min-cheol, Samsung's vice president of marketing for PCs, said yesterday that the company is developing this new form factor for laptops. He added that the company is working with third-party manufacturers — most probably LG — to use large flexible AMOLED displays for its future laptops. © YouTube With the new foldable laptop design, Samsung could really bring some innovation to the saturated laptop industry. Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays, that will not just simply fold in and out, but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops On the other hand, Samsung is also gearing up to launch a foldable mobile phone. In August, Samsung again stressed that it's working on making foldable phones mass production ready and that it intends to be the first company to launch a foldable phone. © YouTube Even Lenovo and Microsoft are rumoured to be working on laptops with a flexible display. While this would be useful in many cases, we'll just have to wait and watch how companies are able to make full use of a folding display. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," said DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division. © Reuters Samsung had announced that it is aiming to have a foldable phone — the Galaxy X, unofficially, depending on the rumour — out next year, and has recently been awarded a number of patents towards that end. The Samsung prototype, which bears the internal code name "Winner," features a screen that measures about 7-inches diagonally, according to people in the supply chain. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said, claiming the release is getting closer. Source: PocketNow
  19. Samsung has finally offered new details about its upcoming smartphone, that has been rumoured for a while to launch soon. In an interview with CNET, Samsung's DJ Koh revealed that the foldable smartphone will basically be a tablet that can turn into a pocket-sized smartphone. © Samsung It has been rumoured to be called the 'Galaxy F' and Koh claims, that the device will probably be one of the more practical devices in the market when it launches. Koh did not reveal any details about the foldable smartphone and neither did he mention any launch date. “When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer,” Koh said in an interview. “If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kinds of products.” Koh stressed that the device will not a gimmick and will probably be a nice product when it launches. “It may be a niche market, but definitely, it will expand,” Koh told CNET. “I'm positive that we do need a foldable phone.” © Twitter The South Korean company has been trying to develop a foldable smartphone since 2013, when the company teased a bendable OLED display at CES 2013. Koh, however, did confirm that the smartphone will launch sometime this year and could even make an appearance at Samsung's Developer Conference next month. Huawei is also looking to launch a similar smartphone as early as next month and it seems like the competition in this space is getting heated already. Huawei is currently the world's second largest smartphone maker and is now creeping up Samsung's territory to dethrone the South Korean giant. Source: Cnet
  20. Samsung has been talking about a foldable phone for the last few years, and it is eager to be the first one to launch such a phone. The company has been working on foldable phones for years now and we've already seen many patents and leaks, suggesting that the company is close to accomplishment. During an interview on CNBC, DJ Koh, the CEO of the company's mobile division, said that “it's time to deliver” a foldable device. The report further adds, Koh “hinted that more details of the device could be unveiled this year at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco,” © YouTube Koh has been pretty vocal about the project since its start and had previously suggested that the technology requires a lot of work and that Samsung doesn't want to push out an unpolished product in the market. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said in August. CNBC says Koh declined to say whether the foldable phone will be launched this year, but he did say Samsung has "nearly concluded" the "complicated" development process for the phone. © Samsung The South Korean giant is now locked in a battle with Huawei, who is also trying to be the first one to release a foldable phone. Samsung definitely seems to be having an edge because of its self-researched and developed OLED displays and past history of working on bendable displays. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," Koh stated early this year. © LG's Foldable Display Panel We do not know how the phone may look or what it might be capable of, as we've only seen patent applications for now. The company has successfully managed to keep a tight lid on the development, unlike Google's Pixel 3. © Samsung Samsung released a concept advertisement for a potential foldable phone back in 2014. It featured a device with a bendable display that folded from a more tablet-like size into a small phone. It'll be interesting to see how the actual product works out.
  21. Samsung has once again stressed that it's working on making foldable phones ready for mass production and that it intends to be the first company to launch a foldable phone. The company has been working on foldable phones for years now and we've already seen many patents and leaks, suggesting that the company is close to accomplishment. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," said DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division. At MWC 2018, he said the company was taking its time to polish the form factor and experience, declining to give a release date. © DJ Koh / Reuters Even Chinese phone maker Huawei is gunning for the "world's first" foldable smartphone. A recent report says development is underway and Huawei is hoping to unveil the handset in November. Apple is also said to be playing around with foldable display prototypes. The Samsung prototype, which bears the internal code name "Winner," features a screen that measures about 7-inches diagonally, according to people in the supply chain. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said, claiming the release is getting closer. © YouTube The road to a consumer-ready foldable phone has been long and challenging from both a design and engineering perspective and it's been years now in the making. Other companies like ZTE have already introduced folding phones, as the Axon M was released in the US and features two, non-flexible displays. Koh also dismissed reports that the company has been considering combining the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series. He also added that the S10 won't be the first Samsung phone to sport 5G, but the company doesn't want to miss out on rolling out 5G and hence, will release a separate model. © ZTE "For the immediate future, there won't be a change in launching the S series in the first half and Note series in the second half of the year," he said. In preparation for the 5G era, Samsung is preparing for a shift from smartphones to smart devices, this may include Bixby powered smart speakers and deeper IoT integration. Source: Yonhap News
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