2019 is the year of the foldable phones. First, Xiaomi teased a prototype foldable phone. Then, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Fold. And more mobile makers are joining in with their own foldable phones, especially now that the Mobile World Congress is in full swing at the moment.
This is how all the foldable phone that currently on the market stack up against each other.
Huawei Mate X
Just announced at the MWC, the Huawei Mate X has an 8″ foldable OLED display. What makes the Mate X stand out amongst the foldable phones, is how thin it is. It folds into just 11mm and is able to fold thanks to the company’s own Falcon Wing hinges. It supports 5G, has a 4 500mAh battery which can be supercharged and a Huawei Kirin 980 processor. It ships with 512GB of storage, and has 8GB of RAM.
The Huawei Mate X is slated for release in the middle of this year and will sell for $2 600.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
It was one of the most rumoured foldable phones of this year, so far. Samsung officially revealed its Galaxy Fold during its Unpacked event.
It has a 7.5″ AMOLED foldable display. The Galaxy fold comes with a 4380mAh battery which supports fast charging. It ships with 125GB RAM and has 512GB of storage.
Xiaomi was expected to release a flagship foldable phone at this year’s MWC. Instead, it released a 5G phone, which doesn’t fold. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any form of a foldable phone.
Excited to share this video of a special Xiaomi smartphone from our President and Co-founder Bin Lin. It is the world’s first ever double folding phone — that’s pretty cool, isn’t it? #xiaomi #foldingphone #technology pic.twitter.com/iBj0n3vIbW
— Wang Xiang (@XiangW_) January 23, 2019
The Chinese tech company released a video earlier this year, showing off a prototype by its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, which it claimed to be one of the world’s first foldable phones. The Xiaomi MIX Flex isn’t available right now, but we might see a mass market version of this foldable phone released later this year.
Apple hasn’t officially launched, revealed or even teased any form of foldable phone. But it was granted a patent for a phone that folds, thanks to hinges.
With it still being so early in the year, we’re sure to see a few more foldable phones entering the mobile market. Whether flexible screens become a lasting trend amongst mobile users, will remain to be seen as more brands jump on the bandwagon.
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