Battle of the foldable phones


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

Royole FlexPai

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
Video 2160p@30fps 2160p@30/60fps unknown
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…

Xiaomi Fold

TCL

LG V5 ThinQ

Oppo FoldX

Sony Note Flex

Motorola Razr V4

ZTE

Apple iPhone X Fold 

 

Nazrul Hoque – 01 April 2019