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Samsung Galaxy Fold

Days after the first samples of Samsung’s first foldable — the Samsung Galaxy Fold — landed in the hands of reviewers, reports began to circulate suggesting that the smartphone didn’t just fall short of the hype but had a number of serious design flaws.

If you want the full story, here’s an easy-to-digest timeline covering the rise, fall and return of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone.

November 2018

After years of rumors and speculation, the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference saw Samsung show off the Infinity Flex Display publicly for the first time. …

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For now, foldables smartphones remain a premium product with the price-tag to match. They’re pitched at early adopters and those with case to flash. Eventually, that’s going to change.

As with all technologies, foldable smartphones will mature. They’ll become more commodified and less novel over time. This happens with basically every technology in the mobile market from AMOLED displays to triple-lens cameras and 5G connectivity. In some ways, the gradual trend towards affordable foldables is inevitable.

For reference, here’s a chart showing the Australian launch pricing for all the major foldable smartphones thus far:

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Spigen are currently the brand to beat when it comes to foldable smartphone cases

Right now and for the foreseeable future, foldable smartphones are expensive. If you’re seriously considering buying one, you’ll want to invest in a decent case in order to reduce everyday wear and help ensure it has as long a life as possible.

Here’s a full rundown on what phone cases we recommend for each of the following foldable smartphones:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

As the most mature foldable smartphone line, it shouldn’t really surprise anyone that Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 has the most robust accessory ecosystem. Samsung’s own Leather, Aramid and Flip covers are a great place to start here.

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Royole Flexpai

Right now, there are four major players in the world of foldable display manufacturing: Samsung Display , BOE, Royole and TCL.

Samsung Display

Samsung are the most high profile and well-known maker of foldable screens right now. Up until now, they’ve primarily supplied the displays found in Samsung foldables like the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold2.

In 2021, that’s set to change. For more on this, click here.

BOE Display

Alongside Samsung, BOE are one of the largest supplier of foldable smartphone displays.

The Chinese company have been in the business of making LCD and OLED displays since 1993 and…

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Huawei’s next foldable smartphone is said to be just around the corner.

According to leakers on Weibo, official details on the Chinese tech firm’s follow-up to the Huawei Mate Xs are expected to arrive “very soon”.

These reports suggest the new foldable, likely to be branded as the Huawei Mate X2, will feature significant changes both inside and out.

While the Mate X2 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors when it comes to relying on Huawei’s house-brand hardware— specifically, the 5nm Kirin 9000 processor— it’ll also ditch the outward folding design used by the Huawei Mate X and…

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Only a few months separated the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip from its 5G-enabled follow-up. What are the key differences and similarities between the two?

Specs

While the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G both feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage, the two diverge when it comes to processors. The Galaxy Z Flip features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor while the Galaxy Z Flip 5G opts for the more recent Snapdragon 865+ processor.

According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865+ delivers better graphical performance and more efficient 5G connectivity. All this is to say means that when…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2

Foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold2 might have fancier displays but does the ability to fold come at the cost of everyday battery life?

Measuring the battery life of any smartphone, foldable or not, is something of an inexact science. As I wrote in a piece for PC World:

As with camera quality or performance, there’s no perfect way to measure battery life. Still, anecdotal experience is usually a good place to start. How frequently do you have to charge up? As with performance, it’s often the case that a device either has enough…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip in action

If you’ve seen any of the marketing for Samsung’s more recent foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Fold2 or Galaxy Z Flip, you might have spotted the phrase Ultra Thin Glass — but does glass really make for a better foldable display than plastic?

Does glass provide more protection than plastic?

When it comes to smartphones, the answer to the above question is usually yes. Mainstream flagship smartphones like the iPhone shifted away from plastic screens and towards glass ones because they lasted longer and didn’t scratch as easily.

When it comes to foldables like the Galaxy Z Flip, things are a little more complicated.

As put…

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

The Pitch

Despite the confusing shift in nomenclature and the fact that it’s *technically* their fifth foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is the device that makes good on the promises made by the original Galaxy Fold.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is everything that its predecessor promised to be and more.

The Specs

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Huawei Mate Xs

The Pitch

With the original Huawei Mate X only launching in China, the Huawei Mate Xs sees the infamous Chinese tech giant’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Fold go international.

Relying on an outward fold rather than the alternative, the Huawei Mate Xs features a sprawling 8-inch display that wraps around the entire exterior of the device.

There are pros and cons to this approach. It opens the display up to more everyday wear and tear but it also means you don’t have to live with an embarrassingly small external display like that found on the exterior of the original Galaxy Fold.

The Specs

Fergus Halliday

I used to write about tech for PC World Australia full-time. Now I write about other things in other places.

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