Our foldable future is running a little late, and that's OK
From the moment it was first teased last year, Samsung's Galaxy Fold convinced many that foldable phones were the next frontier to conquer. To no one's surprise, it wasn't long before competitors announced foldable plans of their own, feeding a cycle of hype that culminated at this year's Mobile World Congress. Samsung showed off the Galaxy Fold to the public (albeit, behind glass). Huawei unveiled its Mate X, a beautiful rival to Samsung's device that somehow cost even more. And Motorola, which had long been rumored to be working on a foldable, indiscreetly confirmed its plans to launch one this year.
A few months ago, it really seemed like 2019 would be the year of the foldable smartphones. Samsung and Huawei had just unveiled the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, and several companies teased their foldable projects. Among them was Lenovo’s Motorola, which revealed that a foldable device of its own would hit the market around the same time with other brands. The hint seemed to be clear at the time.
The new Motorola Razr, a device that was already present in foldable smartphone rumors, would compete against the Fold and Mate X. But then Samsung and Huawei both delayed their foldable handsets, with Samsung having to deal with an embarrassing launch cancellation in April in light of the Fold’s durability issues. September is almost here, and the Galaxy Fold and Mate X are still not available in stores. Unsurprisingly, the Razr foldable hasn’t been announced either, and we’ve seen little of it in reports. But it turns out the phone might still launch this year, possibly in time for the holiday shopping season.
Samsung’s foldable phone ideas keep coming, even though the Galaxy Fold still isn’t out
For those of you waiting for Samsung to finally make good on its promise as of a few weeks ago that its embarrassing Galaxy Fold design flubs have been fixed and that the phone will finally be released in September -- well, keep waiting. We still don't have a hard date for that release, and yet Samsung has nevertheless stayed busy behind the scenes cranking out designs for all kinds of new foldable phones that may or may not actually ever see the light of day.
The rumor comes from Dutch blog LetsGoDigital, which learned from an anonymous source that the phone will be launched in Europe in December or January. The site says they verified the information and believes it’s accurate.
The Razr should be unveiled in the coming months in the US, with the phone expected to cost around $1,500 in the region. That’s some $500 cheaper than the Fold, and nearly $1,000 cheaper than the Mate X — the Huawei phone, however, isn’t expected to launch in America.
The report notes that the Razr could hit European markets soon after the US release, priced at around €1,500. Actual dates aren’t given for either region, so it’s unclear when Motorola would unveil the new phone.
The Razr foldable is based on the iconic Razr series of clamshell phones. Leaks said the phone would have a large internal display, as well as a smaller screen on the outside. Motorola will do things differently compared to Samsung and Huawei on the specs front. The Razr will not be a flagship phone, sporting mid-range specs at best. That might be how Motorola will be able to keep the price down for the foldable. Of course, these are just unconfirmed rumors for the time being.
Forget the Samsung Galaxy Fold: The Sony Xperia XZ4 is the real taste of the future .
Sliding screens are more practical than their foldable counterpartsThe handset would join the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold – the first and only foldable device available in brick-and-mortar stores – and the forthcoming Huawei Mate X and Microsoft Surface Duo Neo, as well as the rumoured Motorola RAZR 2019.