A new era appears in the world of smartphones. The standard form factor develops with major phone manufacturers who leak plans or announce new models with folding screens that offer much more screen without sacrificing portability. Here's all we know about phone plans from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Lenovo and Apple.
Samsung has been at the forefront of folding phone messages. While the name is not yet confirmed – both the Galaxy F and Galaxy X monitors make the rounds – what we know is that rather than being a small device that expands to a larger phone, it becomes more like a full-size phone that expands to a tablet .
To confuse the name is that Samsung Electronics has requested new brands for Infinity-Flex, Infinity-O, Infinity-U, and Infinity-V names.
So it can overcome the need to carry both a smartphone and a tablet. If it succeeds in that mission, we can begin to see the death of seven-inch tablets like people gravitating to a combination of smartphone and tablet that utilizes folding technology.
Currently, Samsung seems to have devices ready to send with some speculation that already makes the rounds globally about operator agreement and pricing likely to exceed the $ 2000 barrier locally.
LG is hot on Samsung's tail with the rumors about LG Flex, Foldi or Duplex – depending on what set of rumors you think – which indicates that the company is approaching releasing its own downloading smartphone / tablet. Trademark documents discovered by LetsGoDigital have also revealed the potential names.
LG Mobile's CEO has been reported as "We are working hard with our partners about various obstacles that may arise in folding and development. We release it at a time when we can provide enough customer value instead of releasing it for the first time in the world ".
Given the interest that such an apparatus may provide, LG may increase its market from being a strong challenger for Samsung and Apple's dominance in the smartphone store, but bring a number of devices to buyers. And if they release more than one option, they use the different names they have registered trademarks for, so they can offer a certain variety to different price points.
As you expect, Apple is very concerned about what they are planning. They rarely discuss discussions about products if they are not really close to release (unless it's AirPower Wireless Charging Plate, which is vapourware even though it was announced a year ago). But as we reported recently, Apple has filed a patent for a declining iPhone. However, there is a long way between filing patents and actual release of a product.
Apple's plans are interesting because they contain some funky battery technology that allows a display to be rolled up as a patch blue patch.
After watching Apple for a while now (I was Macworld Australia's editor for a while) the only thing I'm sure is that Apple will probably not be the first to take this technology to their smartphones. Initially, we already know Samsung and LG are quite advanced in their plans. 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 arrive until the end of 2019.
Huawei, like any other major answering machine, has filed a patent for its own folding phone with the company that they have already built functional prototypes of a smartphone that opens to become a tablet.
While Lenovo has a good reputation in the PC market, they are not often recognized as leaders in terms of innovation in smartphone operations. But leaked videos indicate that they can actually be preceded by many others when it comes to dropping a collapsible smartphone. Or at least one with a flexible display.
But other rumors suggest that Lenovo's focus may be more on a folding tablet than a smartphone. It gives more meaning in terms of their experience and reputation when making computers.