The Folding Phone Trend of 2019

Nathan Ryan | July 19th 2019

Cartoon of a flexible phone

What is with the new folding phone trend? And what can we expect for 2019?

In the early days of mobile phones, the standard devices were large, hefty, and somewhat inconvenient to carry around (think brick phones). The mobile phone market developed rapidly and phones continuously became lighter, smaller, thinner, and easier to fit in any purse or pocket like the iPhone SE with a 4 inch screen. Recently, however, the demand for tablet-like phones has increased, and as a result, phone screens have been getting larger and larger to the point where the devices could almost be called 'brick size' again. The massive screens of the iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 XL and other over-sized phone screens allow us to do more with our phones. Watching Youtube or Netflix, playing mobile games, reading ebooks, and other mobile phone activities are easier and more precise than ever on these powerful and sizeable phones.

The new folding phone trend aims to combine the portability of a small phone with the viewability and precision of a tablet. Mobile phone companies such as Samsung and Huawei have demonstrated their folding phone technology. A large dual screen surface that can be folded together like a book to make the device compact and easily portable, but still giving users the large screen experience by simply unfolding the device.

Though there has not yet been a major global launch of a foldable phone, a number of manufacturers have proposed or demoed these phones with Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X currently the most highly anticipated. These two phones were both predicted to launch in the first half of 2019 and are the two major contenders for this market. Other mobile phone companies have also filed patents and begun making their way into this market as well.

Motorola

Having designed one of the most iconic Flip Phones of the 2000's, it is no surprise that Motorola is rumoured to be getting into the folding phone market with a reboot of the classic Razr as a touchscreen phone.

LG

LG has filed a patent for a flexible display mobile phone which can be folded in half.

Apple, Sony, and other major cellphone manufacturing companies are rumoured to be working on folding phones

Samsung and Huawei both originally announced their folding phones to be released in spring or early summer of 2019, however, we are still awaiting a widescale release of either of these phones. Early accessers of the Samsung Galaxy Fold experienced screen failures, and the fate of Huawei is uncertain with the current ban in the US on doing business with Huawei.

2019 was originally thought to be the year of the folding phones, but it seems that for now, this trend may be delayed, or even forgotten about altogether.


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