Foldable phones are coming in 2019: Samsung, Huawei, Microsoft, and maybe even Apple are engaged in folding mobile devices.
From Samsung to Huawei, here are the key tech firms working on folding smartphones.
The battle for the world’s 1st foldable phone is getting intense. Multiple reports recommend that Samsung is keen to launch a foldable phone as early as 2019. In fact, Samsung might tease the Galaxy X (though it reportedly goes by the inner code name “Winner”) at its annual developer conference in November.
Samsung isn’t the only company working on a folding phone. Huawei too desires to launch a folding smartphone in the market. Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, has promised a foldable phone in 2019.
Another potential company that is keen to bring a folding phone is Microsoft. The Redmond-based tech company has been acting on a foldable Surface Phone and it might get launched in late 2019. other firms including Apple, Oppo, and Xiaomiare also rumored to be acting on foldable phones.
Let us take a glance at foldable smartphones to expect in 2019 from Samsung to Huawei.
Samsung Galaxy X
Samsung will reveal some details of a foldable phone, either be known as the Galaxy X or Galaxy F, later this year, the chief executive officer of the company’s mobile division told CNBC in an interview. DJ Koh said “it’s time to deliver” on a foldable phone when client surveys carried by Samsung showed that there’s a market for such devices.
While Koh was mum on how the folding screen may work, but he did mention that the company is making an attempt to differentiate the experience from a tablet once it’s folded-up.
The device might sound like a flip phone, which relied on a hinge that connects 2 components of the phone. but Samsung is probably going to use a single screen rather than 2 different screens. The Wall Street Journal reported in July that Samsung’s mysterious foldable phone would use one screen.
The Wall Street Journal reported in July that Samsung’s mysterious foldable phone would use one screen.
Koh hinted that additional details around the phone will be released in November at Samsung Developer Conference in November, but gave no indication when it plans to launch the device in the market. Meanwhile, the Journal report claims that the Galaxy X might be priced higher than $1500 (Rs 108,817) and would be marketed towards a distinct segment market, probably gamers.
Huawei foldable phone
Huawei guarantees to unleash a foldable phone within a year. Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, has confirmed to the German publication Die, Welt, that a foldable phone will hit the market in 2019. “We are already acting on it. you’ll not even need to wait another year,” he said.
In fact, Yu believes that the device might be replacing a laptop because of its movability. “Why you’re still using a computer?” said Yu, according to the German publication. whereas we do understand a lot of about a foldable phone, the Korean media speculates that Beijing Oriental electronics (BOE) group will manufacture in-folding 8-inch flexible OLED panels that may be utilized in the Huawei-made foldable phone.
Separately, a Nikkei report claims Huawei is aiming to run a restricted run for its foldable phone. It’s not clear when a foldable phone from Huawei would possibly release in the market.
You can see the prototypes of a foldable display from BOE in the video below.
Microsoft Surface Phone
There has been plenty of chatter concerning the chance of a Surface Phone, expected to be declared towards the end of 2019. while the company has never admitted that it plans to launch a Surface Phone, several believe the mysterious device will probably blur the lines between phones and tablets.
Apparently, Microsoft is developing a fresh OS, code-named “Andromeda” that may power the Surface Phone. Word on the road is that the Surface Phone will be marketed as a “pocketable” dual-screen pc with inbuilt telecom capabilities. At the moment, this can be all speculation. Hopefully, we are going to learn additional regarding the Surface Phone within the coming back months.
The Surface Phone may be marketed as a “pocketable” dual-screen pc with constitutional telecom capabilities.
Apple foldable iPhone
The foldable iPhone may hit the market in 2020. That claim has been made by Wamsi Mohan, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. According to CNBC, Mohan primarily based the prediction on conversations he recently had with Apple’s suppliers in Asia.
Mohan said that the foldable iPhone, once unfolded, would be as huge as a tablet device. Notably, the Korean Herald reportedly created an identical claim in October last year, hinting at LG display as a lead provider. Apple has already filed a patent application for a foldable smartphone.