It looks like 2019 is going to be the year of the foldable phones, and we’ve already seen some stunning handsets appear – like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X & Royole FlexPai. After years of rumours and leaks, the tech is finally with us.
Remember the time when text messages and Snake on your phone were two of the most exciting things a phone could manage? I do too. Fast forward 15 years and we have in-display fingerprint scanners, punch-hole front cameras, almost bezel free displays and a whole new take on slider and flip phones.
Flip phones were once slim, compact and hinged devices. Now, flip phones have morphed into hybrid devices (phone that converts into a tablet) and they are set to be unhinged, in both senses of the word.
With bendable screens, Android support, plenty of potential and hefty price tags, here’s spec comparison of the very best foldable phones unveiled so far.
Huawei Mate X
Samsung Galaxy Fold
|Display||8” (main), 6.6” (fold cover display)||7.3” (main), 4.6” (cover display)||7.8” (main), 6.0” (fold cover display)|
|Main Camera||40MP (primary)||16MP (primary)||16 + 20 MP (primary)|
|Selfie Camera||16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)||10 MP, f/2.2||same as primary camera|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|Central Processing Unit (CPU)||Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)||Mali-G76 MP10||Adreno 640||unknown|
|Pixel Density||414 PPI||414 PPI||308 PPI|
|Memory||512 GB, 8 GB RAM||512 GB, 12 GB RAM||128/256 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4380 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3970 mAh battery|
|Operating System||Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1||Android 9.0 (Pie)||Android 9.0 (Pie); Water OS|
|Weight||295 g||unknown||320 g|
|Cost||£1,960.00||£1,700.00||£1,209 (128G) £1,349 (256G)|
|Release Date||April/May 2019||April/May 2019||February 2019|
|Website||Huawei Mate X||Samsung Galaxy Fold||Royole FlexPai|
Other OEM’s expected to announce their foldable offerings in 2019/20 include…
Nazrul Hoque – 01 April 2019