In 2019 various mobile phone manufacturers surprised the world with their latest models of flexible cell phones, those whose screen can be folded to store them comfortably in your pocket.
Although this technology has had its detractors and the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed many of the launches of new versions in 2020, these models have continued to sell at a slow but steady pace.
We will tell you about the flagship model of cell phone that bends of the three manufacturers that have launched into this market so far, Samsung, Huawei and Motorola.
Undoubtedly, these are innovative devices that, as fallen giants such as Nokia and Blackberry did in their time, can start a new trend in cell phone design and technology in the post-coronavirus era.
Of course, it won’t take long for a fixed or flexible screen to add to the list of reasons to switch phones for many technology users.
First manufacturers to launch a flexible cell phone
Starting in 2019, the Samsung and Huawei brands were the first to launch Models of flexible cell phones, that is, whose screen and housing can be bent.
In addition, the screen was tactile, which implied a technological challenge impossible to assume only 5 years before.
In this way the arrival of the «foldables phones» term to better define a cell phone that bends, a feature that had not been seen since the disappearance of the old «flip» models from Motorola, Blackberry and others.
But in addition, Samsung and Huawei initiated two radically opposite trends in terms of how the screen folds, each with its army of followers and detractors.
Samsung chose the principle of folding the screen «inward» like a book, following its vertical line, which leaves the screen inactive, but protected from scratches or bumps.
Hauwei and other Chinese manufacturers support the «outward folding» display trend.
In this way, the folding screen becomes two smaller screens, totally opposed and active, but exposed to the environment.
Samsung Galaxy Fold, the firstborn among flexible cell phones
Launched in April 2019, the flagship model of flexible cell phone
Samsung has a 7.3-inch diagonal Super AMOLED screen that folds in on itself along its vertical axis.
This screen offers a resolution of 2,152 x 1,536 pixels and is protected by a thin plastic film, since using Gorilla Glass would prevent bending.
In addition to its large main screen, folding it activates an external AMOLED screen of 4.5 inches and 1680 x 720 pixels resolution.
It has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 5G connectivity, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage.
It also has a large 4,237 mAh battery with fast charging technology, so it can be used with the fastest charger in the world recently launched by OPPO.
In the photographic part, it stands out for its triple camera with a 16-megapixel sensor complemented by a 12-megapixel angular sensor and another 12-megapixel telephoto lens.
The evolution of Samsung’s flexible cell phone, the Flip Z and Fold 2
It is noteworthy that there were many problems with folding screens of this cell phone that bends from Samsung.
The most notable was the appearance of an ugly fold mark on the protective plastic over the screen fold line.
Some users also reported that flexible cell phones Galaxy Fold showed loss of color or lighting in one of the screen halves after just 15 days of use.
This prompted Samsung to review these complaints, resulting in the upgraded Fold 2 and Flip Z models, the launches of which went underground due to the 2020 Covid-19 crisis.
However, it is certain that by 2021 these models will have a high level of sales in the markets of the United States and Europe.
Motorola Razr, the return of a classic
Motorola joined the fashion of the flexible cell phones and it did so by reviving one of its most famous models of all time, the Razr.
The Motorola Razr was perhaps the most successful of the “flip” models that flooded the market between 2002 and 2008 and now returns with a flexible pOLED screen that allows it to be folded in the same way as its ancestor.
In fact, its lines closely resemble the RAZR V3 model from 2004, but now with a 6.2-inch screen and HD resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels.
When folded, like a makeup compact, an external screen in 4: 3 format with 2.7-inch gOLED technology and a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels is exposed.
It has a powerful 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-Core processor and has 6 GB of RAM, although less storage than its rivals, only 128 GB.
It also has a 16 megapixel main camera and double flash and another on its front with 5 megapixel resolution.
East flexible cell phone It is the result of a project started in 2017 by Lenovo, current owner of Motorola, whose objective is create a variety of wear-resistant folding phones and easy to develop and build.
Mate X, the cell phone that doubles from Huawei
This model of cell phone that bends from the Chinese giant was announced at MWC 2019 and launched last summer.
It differs from flexible cell phones Samsung in the way its screen folds, as it does so on its vertical axis but «out», being divided into two opposing screens, fully operational.
The enormous size of its screen stands out when it is opened, almost a tablet, with 8 inches of diagonal, OLED technology and a resolution of 2,200 x 2,480 pixels.
When folded, one of the two halves becomes a vertical screen with a resolution of 1148 x 2480 pixels, something that has nothing to envy of today’s large phones.
It has a Kirin 980 processor, updated to 990 in later versions, and has 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space.
It also supports 5G networks and has a fast charging battery of 55 W and 4,500 mAh.
It also highlights the release button to keep the screen folded or open it, next to which is a Quadruple ToF camera system.
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