Huawei, Samsung, and even LG have announced foldable smartphones, each of whom has taken a unique approach to the design of the smartphone itself.
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The last two years have seen very little in the form of innovation from the smartphone space. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s most innovative feature was the stylus that doubled up as a camera shutter button and the iPhone XS was basically the iPhone X, but with a newer processor. However, in 2019, we’re being treated to a whole new form-factor, foldable smartphones. As of today, there are not one, but two foldable smartphones available. For the curious ones, here's everything you need to know about the foldable phones that have been announced so far.
The first to be announced, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at an event hosted in San Francisco, a whole 5 days before MWC even began. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a three-screen smartphone by all accounts. When folded, the primary display is a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 840 X 1960 pixels. Open the phone up (like you would a book) and you’ll be treated to a 7.4-inch display with a total resolution of 1536 x 2152. All the displays are OLED in nature. For taking photos, Samsung has embedded a total of 6 cameras into the Galaxy Fold. The cover (main display) houses a 10MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2. The rear triple cameras consist of a 16MP Ultra-Wide Camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 12MP Wide-angle Camera with Dual Pixel AF, OIS, and dual aperture of F1.5/F2.4. Lastly, there is a 12MP Telephoto Camera with PDAF, OIS, F/2.4 to offer 2X optical zoom. When unfolded, the phone sports dual cameras housed in a notch that are a 10+8 megapixel combo with apertures of f/2.2 and f/1.9 respectively. The phone is powered by two batteries that act as one, with a total capacity of 4380mAh. The Samsung Galaxy Fold goes on sale on April 26 and will cost $1980 (approx Rs 1,40,619).
The Samsung Galaxy Fold features three displays
One day before Mobile World Congress officially kicked off, Huawei took to the stage to announce a number of products, but the start of the show was the Huawei Mate X. The Mate X is not only Huawei’s first foldable smartphone but the first Huawei smartphone to feature a 5G radio. Huawei has mated the Kirin 980 chipset to the company’s Bailong 5000 5G radio chip to give the Mate X 5G capabilities. In terms of the form-factor, the Huawei Mate X features a 6.6-inch display at the front (when folded) without a notch or a camera. This is because the rear panel of the Mate X unfolds to lie flat with the front, creating a massive 8-inch display with a resolution of 2480 X 2200. At the edge, the phone features an ergonomically designed bar to help hold the phone with ease when it is open. In addition to that, it also features the antenna for the 5G radio and also houses the Leica branded triple camera setup that the MAte X features. Huawei Mate X comes with a 40 MP wide-angle lens) along with a 16 MP ultra-wide lens and an 8 MP telephoto lens. All this is packed into a body that is less than 11mm thick when folded, including the 4500mAh battery which works with Huawei’s new Super Charge operating at 55Watts. The Huawei Mate X is priced at a rather steep €2299 (Roughly Rs 1,85,285).
Huawei Mate X is the company's first foldable phone and first 5G enabled smartphone
LG took an interesting take on the whole foldable phone concept with the V50 ThinQ (First Impressions). The phone is the company’s first 5G enabled phone but addresses the “foldable” concept with a case. The case offers a second 6.2-inch OLED display which attached to the phone to give more real estate. The display is powered by the V50’s internal 4000mAh battery, which is bound to result in lower battery life. However, the second display means you can use it as a controller for games or just utilize the extra space for creating better PPTs or likes. In terms of the phone itself, the LG V50 ThinQ is essentially the V40, but with a 5G radio. This means you get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with 6GB RAM. The phone’s main display is a 6.4-inch OLED with QHD+ resolution. The battery is bigger now, at 4000mAh and the camera unit is a triple camera setup with a Standard 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture, an ultra-wide 16MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 2X telephoto camera with 12MP sensor and f/2.4 aperture. The company says that the LG V50 ThinQ is essentially a rebadged V40 and the reason the company did this is so that they could have a 5G-enabled smartphone in the market this soon.
The LGV50 ThinQ isn't a foldable phone but can turn into one with this accessory
This accessory from LG features a 6.2-inch OLED display that pairs with the V50 ThinQ
The first day of MWC has just commenced and we are looking forward to many more announcements over the next few days. We are in Barcelona covering all the major announcements so stay tuned for more information and keep an eye out on our dedicated MWC 2019 microsite.
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