Samsung and Huawei aren't the only companies betting on foldable smartphones

Samsung and Huawei aren't the only companies betting on foldable smartphones
Being the first to introduce an experimental product on the market has downsides as well, not just benefits. Samsung recently revealed its foldable smartphone and everyone is outraged over the $2,000 price, but we need to understand that this isn't really a mass-market device, but rather an experiment aimed at early adopters.

Now, Huawei has the advantage of becoming the second company to launch a foldable smartphone on the market. The Mate X is expected to be officially introduced on February 24, and based on the previous history, Huawei plans to seriously undercut Samsung's Galaxy Fold.

But Samsung and Huawei aren't the only companies that are betting on foldable smartphones. Chinese companies like ZTE and TCL plan to showcase some of their foldable smartphone concepts at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019.

Several pictures showing some of TCL's foldable smartphones have been leaked on Weibo, the Chinese social network, but we don't know if the company plans to launch one this year. From the pictures, we can tell that TCL is experimenting with triple and quad camera setups, but the majority of these concepts have one thing in common: the so-called DragonHinge.

The specs sheet of one of the foldable phones confirms a large 7.2-inch AMOLED display with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution. The size is halved when the phone is folded, while the whole device features a 90% narrow-bezel design. That's about all we have in terms of specs, but we might be able to find out more in the coming days.

Foldable smartphones are just at the beginning, so it will take some time until they will be refined to the point that they will actually be useful to the end user. For now, they're just an experiment that might or might not find the audience they need to become mass market products.

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4 Comments

1. dmdzordilla

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Nice leather back on that wallet sized foldable phone. Nice camera and flash placement, to each his own, i respect this design. The other big tablet-ish design looks too big to function as phone when folded tho

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Since Samsung had the most significant product launch...over time foldable phones will become yawn music...

3. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Hideous hinge design. DragonHinge are expected to be stiff and not smooth according to similar FlexiPai hands-on. They fabricate just by copying patent sketches, totally no R&D on how consumers feel about opening and closing the device.

4. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

That hinge doesn't look amazing

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