Samsung has been collaborating on a foldable smartphone for years, so many already knew what to expect when the Galaxy Fold was finally disclosed at Galaxy Unpacked 2019.
But despite all the leaks and rumours, we were still swept away by Samsung’s folding smartphone. The folding style is one of a folding smartphone’s most significant components, and Samsung has chosen for a book-style fold with a bigger display inside the phone.
The Galaxy Fold has two AMOLED displays — the first one measuring 4.6 inches on the outside of the phone, while the inside panel has a 7.3-inch tablet-like display. An advanced hinge mechanism guarantees that the unit can rapidly and easily fold and unfold.
While Samsung may beaten it to the punch, Huawei is warm on the heels of the Korean company with the folding Huawei Mate X.
But while both phones fall under the “foldaphone” umbrella of the folding phone, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is certainly not a carbon copy of the Mate X. The Mate X utilizes an upper fold instead of the internal book fold of the Galaxy, which utilizes the narrower display as a part of the bigger one. As such, there is only one display here technically.
Although one of the few manufacturers with flexible screen experience (the G Flex and the G Flex 2), LG hasn’t settled for a traditional foldable phone style. Instead, LG has disclosed a LG V50 ThinQ accessory that enables the user to add a second screen that can be integrated into the phone.
This second screen basically works as a cover case for the 5G-enabled LG V50 ThinQ, but includes an extra 6.2-inch AMOLED monitor instead of a front cover. It’s possible to be able to use this screen separately of the first one, and users can send messages while checking Google Maps, watching Netflix while monitoring social media, or even using it as a game controller while playing the best pokies app, and the V50 will respond cohesively to the presence of the second screen. This allows the user to transfer applications over to it. As it draws energy straight from the V50, it will not involve any external power either.
Xiaomi hasn’t come out and said it’s creating a folding smartphone, but it’s showing off a prototype that might or might not be intended for potential government release. There are no name or company requirements connected to the device as of yet.
A video used by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reveals the folding smartphone, showing a mildly distinct sort of folding layout different to other ideas and prototypes we’ve seen. Exciting stuff, but not absolute proof that in the near future a folding Xiaomi smartphone will be on the market.