A new era is the world of smartphones. The standard form factor is evolving with major phone makers leaking plans or announcements new models with foldable displays that offer lots more screen without sacrificing portability. Here's everything we know about the folding phone plans from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Lenovo and Apple.
Samsung has been on the front of foldable phone announcements While the name is not confirmed yet – both 'Galaxy F' and 'Galaxy X' monitors are doing the rounds – what we do know is that instead of being a small device that expands into a bigger phone, it will be more like a plus-sized phone that expands in a tablet
Adding confusion to the naming is that Samsung Electronics has also requested new trademarks for the names Infinity-Flex, Infinity-O, Infinity-U and Infinity-V.
So, it can do away with the smartphone and tablet. If it succeeds n that mission, then we will start to see the death of seven-inch tablets as people gravitate to a combination smartphone and tablet that folding tech of benefit.
At the moment, it looks like Samsung is the closest to having devices ready for some speculation already doing the rounds globally about carrier deals and pricing which is likely to top the $ 2000 barrier locally.
LG is hot on Samsung's tail with Rumors of the LG Flex, Foldi or Duplex – depending on the amount of rumors you believe – suggesting the company is getting close to releasing their own folding smartphone / tablet. Trademark documents spotted by LetsGoDigital has revealed
LG Mobile's CEO has reported as saying "We are working hard on our partners on various obstacles that happen while folding and unfolding." We will release it at a time when it was released in the first time for the release of the customer value the world ".
Given the interest such a device could bring, it could be a way for LG to boost its market from being the dominant of Samsung and Apple in the smartphone business but a range of devices to buyers. And, if they release more than one option, taking advantage of the different names they have been registered, then they may offer some variety at different price points.
As you'd expect, there are very little from Apple on what they're planning. They rarely discuss plans for products unless they are really close to release (unless it's the AirPower wireless charging pad which is vaporware being a year ago). However, as we reported a while ago Apple has filed patents for a folding iPhone. But there is a long way between filing patents and actually releasing a product.
Apple's plans are interesting as they include some funky battery tech that allows a display to be rolled up like a scroll.
Having seen Apple's close-up for a while now (I was the editor of Macworld Australia for a while) I'm certain that Apple is unlikely to be the first to bring this tech to their smartphones. For a start, we already know about Samsung and LG And Apple's release cycle is based on a new iPhone every year, around October.
If Apple brings a folding device to the market, I suspect it will not be until 2019
Like al the other major phone makers, Huawei has filed patents for their own company saying that they have already built working prototypes of a smartphone that opens up a tablet.
While Lenovo enjoys a great reputation in the pc market, they are not too popular as a leader. But the leaked videos suggest they may actually be ahead of many others when it comes to releasing a folding smartphone. Or at least one with a flexible display
However, other rumors suggest that Lenovo's focus may be more on a smartphone than a smartphone That makes more sense given their experience and reputation in making PCs.