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Today is a big day for fans of the next-generation Razr. Motorola has just opened up pre-orders for the folding Android smartphone, which has a starting price of $1,499. The device will officially start shipping on February 6th. In the meantime, Motorola has posted a new video on its YouTube channel entitled "Caring for Razr" in which the company talks about how to... well... care for your Razr. In the video that runs for less than a minute, Motorola explains that the Razer is water repellant and can be wiped dry with a cloth. But then, the company goes on to state that the "screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal." The Motorola Razr uses a complex hinge mechanism to... Read more...
After months of countless leaks, Motorola’s modern take on the Razr V3 is finally official, and it’s simply called the Razr. Like the Samsung Galaxy Fold that came before it, the Razr is foldable smartphone with an intricate hinge system – but that’s where the similarities end. While the Galaxy Fold is in essence a tablet that can be folded down to the size of a phone, the Razr has the form-factor of a slightly taller than average smartphone that folds down into compact and incredibly pocketable “puck” that fits into your hand. And unlike the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, the Razr is able to accomplish its folding trick without leaving an unsightly crease... Read more...
Motorola's Moto Razr is almost here folks; and that point is even more evident by the smartphone's appearance at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As is often the case with unreleased smartphones, these FCC "leaks" often give us a great look at what we can expect when the product begins shipping. The FCC images confirm all of the previously leaked renders that we've seen concerning the Moto Razr, including its clamshell design that harks back to the original Moto Razr flip-phone family. We can also see an elongated, unbroken portrait-style display that folds when not in use. Additional images from the FCC show the smartphone with its display unfolded from the right and left sides,... Read more...
Samsung was so keen to be the first to market with a folding screen smartphone that it was met with disappointment with its first run of Galaxy Fold smartphones that failed in the hands of reviewers. Luckily for Samsung, no devices had actually been shipped to customers, so it went into re-engineering mode to deliver a much improved second revision. Now, Samsung is looking down the road to new form factors for folding devices, and at its developer conference this week, the company unveiled a fresh folding smartphone concept. While the Galaxy Fold had a book-like hinge that allowed the device to fold in half, the new form factor is more akin to an old-school flip phone. Rather than folding... Read more...
Folding smartphones have proven challenging for hardware makers, but they have been forging ahead nonetheless with little sign of slowing down. It is not just Samsung and Huawei or getting in on the action either. Motorola, one of the most iconic brands in the cell phone space, is said to be gearing up to debut a folding smartphone of its own. Not to be confused with a flip phone, this modern day Razr handset would be in the general mold of a Galaxy Fold or Mate X (though obviously not a carbon copy of either model). A person who is apparently close to Motorola told CNET to expect the company to announced the folding Razr phone before the end of the year. This is presumably a dual effort—Motorola... Read more...
Everything old is new again, including the iconic Motorola Razr. Motorola has confirmed that it has a folding smartphone in the works, and we've not only seen patent drawings of the reimagined Razr, but also supposed leaked renders of the incoming smartphone. We're now learning that the new Razr will actually launch in the United States this December and that it will have a price tag of $1,500. The smartphone's European launch will reportedly come "soon" after its initial debut stateside. It's also rumored that the Razr will unfortunately land -- at least initially -- as a Verizon exclusive. Interestingly enough, both the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X were announced... Read more...
LG has a new patent that was granted in China for a smartphone that goes beyond what the folding screen devices we have seen so far offer. The patent shows a device that has a folding screen in the middle with no seam, similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy Fold. Things get quite different from there. LG's patent shows a Z-fold device, and as one of the images here shows, the third screen is a stand-alone unit and appears to fold back onto the front surface of the smartphone. The design would give a full front screen that looks pretty much like all the smartphones we are used to seeing today that can unfold into a device that has a screen three times as wide when needed. LG filed for the... Read more...
Following the troubles Samsung has had in releasing its Galaxy Fold, a folding smartphone that proved to not be ready for prime time, rival Huawei has decided to delay the launch of its own folding Mate X. Huawei wants to perform some additional testing to ensure that its own version of the folding phone does not run into the same issues as the Galaxy Fold. First announced in February, Huawei at the time said the Mate X would launch in mid-2019 starting at €2,299 (around $2,600 in US currency). It is a similar device to the Galaxy Fold, in that the screen can be folded, albeit by wrapping around the front and back. This allows owners of the device to use it as a traditional smartphone when... Read more...
If you thought the Mate X was the only folding smartphone in Huawei's stable, well, you thought right. Every other phone Huawei offers sticks to the standard blueprint for smartphone design, at least as it pertains to the form factor. But while that is the case right now, Huawei thinks the landscape could look very different in just a couple of years. The operative word there is "could," as in, it is certainly possible that Huawei could crank out a bunch more folding smartphones. Huawei CEO Richard Yu talked a little bit about folding phones during a question and answer session with the media, following a keynote in Paris. One of the members of the media asked specifically if half of Huawei's... Read more...
As OEMs scramble to find ways to get people to upgrade to new and expensive devices, folding smartphones are seen as a way to do that. Samsung has one folding smartphone called the Galaxy Fold that will launch in April and sell for nearly $2,000. Now, a new report making the rounds claims that Samsung has two more folding screen smartphones coming after the Galaxy Fold launches. Reports indicate that Samsung is getting set to launch a folding clamshell device that folds similarly to the Huawei Mate X, which features a single large folding display. Huawei's folding device has a design that prevents any significant gaps in the device when closed, something that the Galaxy Fold has been criticized... Read more...
Is 2019 the year of the “foldable” smartphone? It will be if Oppo has anything to say about it. Oppo’s latest patent reveals a foldable phone with no bezels and a unique pop-up camera. Rumor has it that Oppo will officially announce the device by the end of 2019. Renderings of Oppo's Foldable Smartphone-- Image from Let's Go Digital Oppo recently filed a patent with the European Trade Mark and Design Network (TMDN). Oppo has not disclosed anything about the device’s specs, but their patent reveals a few interesting features. First, the device includes an incredibly streamlined design and appears to be bezel-less. Second, the phone includes a pop-up camera. The device includes... Read more...
Samsung's first foldable smartphone is now official. As expected, the South Korean electronics maker unveiled the Galaxy Fold during its Unpacked event today, alongside its new generation of Galaxy S10 handsets. Unlike the Galaxy S10 lineup, however, the Galaxy Fold fits into a new category with its 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display. "Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display." said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "We created Galaxy... Read more...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six months, then you know that Samsung has a folding smartphone coming that will be unveiled in its production form at an event in New York City late next month. The smartphone, which many in the industry expect to be called the Galaxy F, will likely the first in a family of Galaxy smartphones with folding displays. With that in mind, Samsung just filed a patent -- which was originally discovered by LetsGoDigital -- for a folding smartphone that appears to be targeted primarily at gamers. Gaming phones have grown in popularity over the past year with entries fielded by Razer, ASUS, Xiaomi and others. What makes... Read more...
It’s now Xiaomi’s turn to bask in the spotlight after Samsung showed off its foldable smartphone prototype back in November. Xiaomi has posted a video clip showing Bin Lin – the company’s co-founder and current president – using a prototype foldable smartphone. Unlike the Samsung prototype, which folds in half, the Xiaomi smartphone uses a tri-fold design (like you might see with a paper pamphlet). In its “normal” form, the smartphone looks like a standard rectangular tablet with small bezels. But then Lin turns the device into landscape mode and folds the two outer “wings” of the display under the larger middle... Read more...
Before the rise of smartphone and especially the iPhone, the Motorola RAZR was THE smartphone that everyone wanted to have. It was stylish, it was thin (for its time) and it was an all-around good smartphone. The RAZR name has long since faded into obscurity, but a new report this morning indicates that Motorola could be bringing it back with a new smartphone. According to the report from the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo wants Motorola to deliver a folding smartphone to counter incoming entries from the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and LG. Motorola's standing in the smartphone world has eroded quite a bit over the years, and its sales don't come anywhere close to matching the like... Read more...
Samsung has been upfront about its work on a smartphone that has a folding screen. We got our first glimpse at the device back in November; granted it wasn't a finished device and the phone shown off was said to be inside some sort of protective case. That case obscured the real lines and made the device look a lot bulkier than it is expected to be when it launches. Reports are coming out of CES 2019 that Samsung is showing the folding smartphone off to clients in closed-door meetings. A high-level executive from one of Samsung's clients has leaked some details of the device and claims that Samsung is optimizing the process for the folding phone's hardware and software right now. One of the questions... Read more...
The fact that folding smartphones are coming isn't debatable at this point. Samsung has already shown off its folding smartphone packing a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display that folds in half offering a more pocketable form factor. But Samsung isn't alone in working to get folding screen devices on the market; Huawei has been tipped to debut a folding smartphone at MWC 2019. A new leaked video claims to show a folding smartphone that Xiaomi is working on. The video comes from Evan Blass via Twitter who notes that the authenticity of the footage is unverified. Blass says that the person who supplied the video claims the device is made by Xiaomi, but there is no official branding seen in the... Read more...
Rumors about the Samsung folding smartphone, thought to be called the Galaxy F at this point, have been floating around for months. Samsung unveiled a prototype device earlier this month at a conference giving us a glimpse at what the phone would offer, but the device was hidden inside a bulky case to conceal the final design. A couple of weeks ago the device was tipped to launch in March 2019 and to carry a price tag of $1,750. That price would certainly make the phone too costly for many potential buyers. However, a new report has surfaced that claims the Galaxy F folding smartphone might be even more expensive than expected. According to this report, the smartphone will sell for as much as... Read more...
Samsung isn't the only major smartphone OEM looking to rock a folding smartphone in the coming months. Huawei previously announced its plans to release a similar smartphone, and we're now hearing that development on the device has been completed. Huawei patent filings for a folding smartphone According to ET News, Huawei has shown finalized prototypes to South Korean wireless carriers who will be tasked with pushing the phones to customers. In a move that will allow Huawei to one-up Samsung's Galaxy F, this folding smartphone will have integrated 5G support. In this instance, the phone will be using the company’s Balong 5G01 5G modem. South Korea's first 5G networks... Read more...
It's finally happening, today is the day when we'll get our first glimpse at what Samsung has been working on with respect to folding Android smartphones. Samsung has talked about the concept for years and in recent months confirmed that the official unveil would happen before the close of 2018. During today’s Samsung Developer Conference, we will "hear directly from Samsung leadership about the newest technology advances and partnerships for the now — plus, the company’s vision for the next." The event itself kicks off at 10:00AM PST, or 1:00PM EST. Samsung confirmed that it will be showing off the user interface (UI) for the folding smartphone, which will take full... Read more...
Samsung is planning to release a foldable smartphone at some point in the near future, though the company has not shared any detailed information just yet. That could very well change this week. The Samsung Developer Conference is scheduled to run from November 7-8 (Wednesday and Thursday) in San Francisco, and it's expected that Samsung will reveal to developers what it's been working on. A folding smartphone has been one of the most persistent rumors in recent weeks. Samsung has not been shy about its desire to wade into the bendable space, and various patent applications may provide clues as to what its eventual device will entail. All that is left at this point is an official announcement,... Read more...
Samsung is a master at marketing, as is almost required these days to compete in the high-end smartphone space.  From snarky ads making fun of the competition to social media posts teasing new products, Samsung 'gets' it. In regards to the latter, Samsung on Sunday posted a teaser of its rumored folding Galaxy phone on Facebook under its 'Samsung Mobile' account. Just as it sounds, Samsung Mobile is the account Samsung uses to promote a variety of mobile products, like the Galaxy Note 9, Notebook Flash, and Odyssey mixed reality headset. Presumably soon, the growing list will include the Galaxy F or Galaxy X, or whatever Samsung ends up calling its upcoming folding smartphone. Short of an... Read more...
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