Foldable smartphones used to be just an idea, a concept. Back then, it was pretty much an out-of-this-world suggestion; after all, how in the world would you get a smartphone to fold and work without destroying its display? Fast forward to now, not only do we have an actual working commercial foldable smartphone, we have several of them. Check them out!
Samsung announced its Galaxy Fold back in February 2019, and after a delayed launch due to questionable durability, the device officially went on sale in September 2019. It features a 4.6-inch display when folded, transforming into a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display, six cameras, as UFS 3.0 storage system, 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 4,380mAh battery. The foldable smartphone arrived in the Philippines in November 2019, with a price tag of PHP 109,990.
Not to be outdone, Chinese tech giant Huawei also launched a foldable smartphone in 2019. Named the Huawei Mate X, the device was first announced in February 2019. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Mate X’s launch was also pushed back; first set to launch in June, Huawei delayed it to September, and yet again, delayed it. The device finally saw its release in the Chinese market in November 2019. The Mate X features an 8-inch display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch (front) and 6.32-inch (back) mode. It comes with a Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, triple cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery. The smartphone is currently only available in China for a price of CNY 16,999.
Surprisingly, neither of the Galaxy Fold nor the Mate X is the world’s first foldable smartphone. Instead, that title is owned by a device called Royole FlexPai, launched in January 2019. The FlexPai sports a 7.8-inch display measured diagonally, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB/8GB RAM, up to 512GB of storage, dual cameras, and a 3,970mAh battery. Similar to the Mate X, the FlexPai is only available for purchase in China and retails for CNY 8,999.
Motorola Razr 2019
Motorola revived its iconic Razer flip phone into a foldable smartphone, the Razr 2019. It has an external screen measuring at 2.7-inches, which transforms into a 6.2-inch primary display when folded out and a hinge that Motorola describes as a “zero-gap hinge” that allows the device to press up against each other when closed. Under the hood, the Razr 2019 is armed with a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and a 2,510mAh battery. Retailing for USD 1,500, the Razr 2019 has started shipping out in the US, and it’s set to launch in the UK soon.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Recently, Samsung launched its newest flagship series of smartphones, the Galaxy S20 lineup. Along with it, the brand unveiled its latest foldable device venture, the Galaxy Z Flip. As the name suggests, it’s a little different from the Galaxy Fold, with the Z Flip resembling a flip phone. It’s pretty compact and has a small display on the exterior, and flipping it open reveals a 6.7-inch display. The Z Flip sports a 7nm octa-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, dual-rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, and a 3,300mAh battery. Locally, the Galaxy Z Flip has a price of PHP 79,990 and will be available for purchase in the second half of February.
The foldable smartphone trend doesn’t seem like it’ll stop anytime soon, with OPPO, Xiaomi, ZTE, Microsoft, TCL, and more companies out there already planning on outing their respective foldable smartphones within the year or the next. We’re excited to see more of these innovations, and we hope this list of foldable smartphones will grow soon.