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Foldable Phones

The best foldable phones of 2019

16 May 2019
Joseph

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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.

Huawei
(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
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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.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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