With the Motorola Razr and Galaxy Z Flip shipping, the foldable phone onslaught is underway
After some false starts last year, the foldable phone era is underway. In February alone, two foldable devices have hit store shelves — Motorola’s reimagined Razr and the Galaxy Z Flip. And we have the feeling that more’s to come throughout the year.
In fact, everything seems to be folding now a days. Lenovo now has a foldable PC, the $2,499 ThinkPad X1, while LG wowed crowds at this year’s CES with both a roll-down OLED TV and a model that bends.
But foldable phones got here first, and more are scheduled to join their ranks in 2020 and beyond (including, possibly, a rumored device from Apple). It’s a new form factor that promises the convenience of extreme portability when shut and a larger screen whenever you need to get things done.
The appeal of foldable phones is clear: you get the power booster thing in hand and plus that should be super portable. But the risks are apparent, too — look at the delayed launches of both the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X last year, as Samsung and Huawei struggled to make sure their first foldable phones were durable enough to survive the roughness of everyday use.
That seems to be changing now that phone makers are rolling out the next wave of foldable phones. The Galaxy Z Flip, which just hit stores. Samsung’s Rs1L foldable uses ultra-thin glass that feels stronger than plastic, and incorporates a free stop hinge.
Here’s a look at the foldable phones that have been introduced so far, and what we could eventually see. And for all the other non-foldable phones we are looking forward to, check out our list of upcoming smartphones of 2020.
Foldable phones you can buy right now
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Motorola Razr
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Royole FlexPai
- Huawei Mate X (China only)