The Foldable Phone Era Has Begun

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*Updated on 2/21/19

First, the brick phone, then the flip phone, and now, the foldable phone. A new cell phone era is upon us as phone companies are releasing foldable phones. However, how long will list era last? Honestly, it depends on how this cell phone technology performs and how long it takes to perfect it. In the meanwhile, smartphone companies like Xiaomi and Samsung, have or are planning on coming out with foldable phones in the near future.

The First Foldable Phone – Royole FlexPai

Just because this is the first foldable phone, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Cell phone enthusiasts have mixed feelings about Royole’s FlexPai. This product officially came out in Beijing on October 31, 2018. The key points Royole focuses on with this product are that the flexible screen is virtually unbreakable, that it can be used as a phone and tablet, and that the screen resolution is amazing. However, people who’ve tested this foldable phone say that it’s quite bulky and that sometimes, the screen goes unresponsive when folding it.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold

On April 26th, Samsung releases the the new Galaxy Fold. The starting retail price is $1,980, and it will have a 7.3-inch screen when open and a 4.6-inch screen when folded. The phone uses Samsung’s newly designed Infinity Flex display that allows it to transform from a phone into a tablet. The hinge system in the spine lets it fold in when switching to protect the screen. Samsung has been optimizing apps to run smoothly and continuously when changing modes. Transitions look clean from the videos they’ve released, but testing has been limited.

Xiaomi’s Mi Dual Flex

Xiaomi recently released a video of the company’s founder, Lin Bin, using Xiaomi’s up and coming foldable phone. The name of it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Mi Dual Flex or Mi Mix Flex are being considered. Instead of the phone folding in half like the FlexPai, the two sides fold down. This would definitely make this new tech more user-friendly.

Other companies that are rumored to have foldable phones coming out are Huawei, LG, and Motorola. What will the next phone era be? Holographic phones perhaps? I can’t wait to test out these new phones once they are released!

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