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The craze for bigger and better screens on smartphones has now made it difficult for people to keep their smartphones conveniently in their pockets. That is the reason for the two biggest trends we see in smartphones this year – the foldable phone and the slider phone. The foldable phone will hopefully be a useful solution for those who want larger screens yet want easy storage of the phone which can be carried around easily. This has piqued the interest of web and app development companies as well, and industry watchers are pinning high hopes on what promises to be a game changer in 2019. Let us take a look at some of the most exciting foldable phones that we can expect to see in 2019.
Let us start off with Samsung. There is a press event coming up on the 20th of February, during which a formal announcement might be made. But like most big launches, the market is already abuzz with conjecture about what the foldable offering from Samsung might be like. The technology that Samsung will be unveiling is named Infinity Flex Display, but we have no sense of the model’s name yet. Industry watchers quote unnamed company sources from Samsung when they claim that the expected price could be as much as $2000. The two displays on the outside and inside of the foldable phone would be around 4.5 inches and 7.3 inches respectively. The displays on both sides would have a continuity to them, and multiple apps could be run on them, which has got mobile app development services companies really interested.
But Samsung is not the only manufacturer to talk of foldable phones, and isn’t the first either. Royole FlexPai was the first off the blocks. They already made the announcement in the first week of January. They took up the price point much below $1500, and announced a retail price of $1318. The expanded version of their phone takes up 7.8 inches, and like Samsung, the FlexPai becomes a double sided smartphone when folded. Royole has provided cameras at both ends, and you can use any one of them depending on whether you are using the phone unfolded or open. One of the more attractive features of this phone is the quick charging capability. Everything about this phone points towards the user having two phones inside a single handset, so it also encourages web app development companies to come up with newer offerings.
Another company which has announced its foldable phone plans almost three years back but is yet to cross its route to market successfully is LG. Not many people know that this was one of the first companies to work on smartphone display panels, although it has now become just another of the several companies in the smartphone market. It has been working on foldable panels for some time now, and as far back as 2013, it had already released the G Flex model which had a curved display, and followed that up with the G Flex 2 in 2015.
The above are just 3 of the companies which are at the forefront of the race to come up with foldable phones, and there promises to be a lot of excitement in 2019.