As with fashion, product design to repeats itself. However, in smartphones, the design repeat cycle subsumes the best of the now with that of the then. The smartphone is now in its second decade and it would be fair to say that apart from the infinity display there has been little that suggests any revolutionary leap in design apart from apparent display tweaks. Hence a million dollar question is what’s ahead for the smartphone in terms of design.

Going by the industry buzz, there is a strong wave in favor of flexible display reminiscent of the early 90’s foldable smartphone. But the flexible display will do more than just aiding in receiving and hanging calls. The buzz for what’s on offer is multiplying with each passing day as more and more foldable screen phone patents are filed at an accelerating pace.

5 Foldable Smartphone

All this hint towards a future dominated by flexible display phones. An interesting thing to look out for would be the fact that if there would be a single early dominator similar to Apple during the teething stages of the smartphone. However, unlike earlier days, this time around it seems all smartphone manufacturers are ready than ever before to make a strong bold statement at the earliest possible time.

In this blog, we look at what’s in-store in the kitty of some of the big shots of the industry. As of now, it seems though Samsung Galaxy X has momentarily edged out the likes of Motorola, Apple, Huawei, LG.

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1. Samsung Galaxy X

The Samsung Galaxy X will reportedly be 3 screen-in-one devices. The official teaser confirms it and a likely release date could be somewhere during late spring of 2019. It turns into a phone or a tablet on demand. While the front carries two 3.5-inch screens that act as a single 7-inch screen on tablet mode, the rear carries a 3.5-inch screen that works even when the device is folded down. But this Samsung foldable phone price in not available.

A series of intricately placed hinges make for a hassle-free experience. Expect a post MWC release or in February 2019.

Samsung Galaxy X

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2. Motorola RAZR

A rebirth of some sort, the Motorola Razr will remind of you the good old days when the iconic foldable Motorola Razr was the apple of all eyes. In Fact, the phone has been in the pipeline for some time now. Yang Yuanqing, the CEO of Lenovo, had hinted towards the renaissance of the Motorola Razr brand in 2017 albeit based on smartphone technology.

Motorola RAZR

Fast forward 2018 and we now know that Motorola has filed patents for two screens folding phone cum tablet. Other details include tent-like display mode, top, bottom and middle hinges, and two cameras.

Although concept videos favor a traditional flip based model, the phone-tablet model seems more design friendly and acceptable standard.

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3. LG Foldable Phone

LG has been the flag bearer for flexible displays. LG made foldable screens will even be part of the devices of the Huawei brand. However, unlike Samsung, the patent filed by LG claims a two-screen device that unfolds into a tablet. The folded up figures on the patent suggest two possible design options for the LG flexible phone.

 LG Folding Smartphone

In the first design, we see a device that carries a Calera at the rear panel, while the second figure hints a device in line with that of the Samsung Galaxy edge. A notification display panel runs across the right edge of the front side.

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4. Apple Foldable iPhone

When iPhone was launched way back in 2005, the then CEO Steve Jobs called it an internet device, a music player and a phone bundled into one. On the same line expect a FOLDABLE iPhone to bundle together the iPhone and iPad together for a much more sophisticated cross of the two flagship products.

Apple Foldable iPhone

Rumour mills suggest that Apple may be downplaying the odds of who gets their first. This is cemented by the November leaks of Apple Inc-filed patent for “Electronic Devices With Flexible Displays”. Going the Apple’s history for keeping new products privy from public eyes, one should not be surprised if Apple introduces the device sooner than later.

The Apple Inc-filed patent mentions no image but confirms that the flexible technology could be used in mobile devices. “A flexible display in the housing having a bending region that bends about a bend axis”, is all that the patent describes.

5. Huawei Folding Phone

Huawei Smartphones has made great inroads into developing smartphone markets.

And a niche flexible cellular phone could be the power boost that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer needs at this point of time. And the company is taking big strides towards the D-Day. The same was confirmed by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, during a meet last October.

In fact, Richard Yu stated that Huawei has a working prototype of a flexible smartphone. The patent diagrams released in March 2018 further cemented that Huawei was also in the race for the ultimate crown.

Huawei Folding Phone

The patent reveals a device christened simply as “foldable smartphone”. On first look, the device seems to be a two screener connected by smart Surface Book 2-style hinge. When folded up the device takes a book like a shape.

In conclusion, we can see that though flexible screens appear to be the future for smart devices, integrated compact and imperceptible hinges in the design of foldable devices remains the make or break factor for companies like Samsung, Apple, Motorola, LG, or Huawei.