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The best foldable phones of 2019

16 May 2019


amaysim's tech geek

With the release of Samsung's Galaxy Fold pushed back due to significant creasing issues, is it too early to claim the war of foldable phones has fizzled out before it even began?

The short answer is no and foldable phones are still far and away the biggest trend to hit the smartphone world for a number of years.

Despite the setbacks faced by Samsung, progress from a number of phone makers continues to be made and we're inching closer and closer to foldable smartphones becoming a reality.

In light of the impending arrival of these next-generation devices; we’ve gathered a list of the foldable phones we're most excited to see in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold shook the world when it was announced at Samsung's Unpacked Event in February 2019.

The Galaxy Fold has an impressive 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen on the front and a foldable 7.3-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the inside; meaning you can use the device as both a phone and a tablet - making it a legitimate phablet!

Cameras? The Galaxy Fold has a whopping six, including a 16MP lens,a pair of 12MP lenses on the back, a 10MP camera on the front, and a dual-lens 10MP and 8MP pairing on the inside, which becomes visible when using the foldable screen.

Just as the excitement was building towards the Galaxy Fold's April 26 release, a number of review units broke, with reports of screen creasing, which lead Samsung to delay the release.

We're now waiting to see when Samsung will officially put the Galaxy Fold on sale - hopefully having addressed the screen issues faced by the early units.

(Image Courtesy of Andrew Hoyle/CNET)

Huawei Mate X

Huawei lit a fuse in the foldable phone war, after announcing their foldable Mate X at MWC 2019, just days after the Galaxy Fold had been announced.

The Mate X folds the opposite way to the Galaxy Fold and has a much more expansive, almost bezel-less display.

Once unfolded the screen display reaches 8inches, fold it outwards and that one display becomes a front display of 6.6inches, with a rear display of 6.38inches. Under the hood, it features the Kirin 980 SoC with a Balong 5000 modem that allows for 5G connectivity, making it one of the first 5G phones to ever exist.

It’s undoubtedly the most ready-for-market foldable phone and is expected to launch in a matter of weeks - however, don’t expect the Mate X to come cheap, with pricing expected to come in around $3600 AUD - sheesh

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Razr Phone
(Image Courtesy of Yanko Design)

Motorola Razr 2019

Motorola's foldable phone plans have been subject to increasing speculation since January, when the Wall Street Journal first reported Motorola was going to revive its iconic Razr phone as a foldable model, with a price tag of $2,200 (AUD).

Although this figure seemed hefty at the time, with Samsung subsequently announcing the Galaxy Fold ($2,900) and Huawei listing a $3,600 price tag for the Mate X, that $2,200 price tag almost sounds like a bargain.

Motorola is expected to keep the same design of the original 2004 Razr V3; albeit with a modern twist.

Once opened up, it's expected the new Razr will include a foldable OLED display that runs the length of the handset.

In terms of its specs, it seems the new Motorola Razr will not have anywhere near the same processing grunt as rival foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X, however as more details emerge, it will be interesting to see just how powerful the Razr will be.

Apple Foldable Concept
(Image Courtesy of EverythingApplePro)

Apple - 2020?

So what’s the tea with Apple?

Amidst all this talk of foldable phones, it's only natural for people to turn their attention to Apple and ask where the foldable iPhone is.

Truth is, there's currently no hard evidence to suggest Apple is working on a foldable device, and history tells us it will probably hold off longer than other phone manufacturers to asses whether it's a trend that will stick.

With this said, Apple has filed patents that allude to a foldable iPhone, and in the past it has allegedly put in orders for foldable screens with LG, meaning only time will tell when Apple will make the jump and enter the war of the foldable phones.