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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, Z Flip 4 may soon have more competition

Foldable phones still represent a small portion of the smartphone market, but some of the most popular phone makers in the world are trying to change that. Samsung made Galaxy Z Fold 4 And the Galaxy Z Flip 4 On August 10, followed by announcements of a new foldable phone from Motorola And the Xiaomi. There may be more collapsibles later this year and beyond, if rumors and reports are to be believed.

Foldable devices are an emerging but growing part of the mobile industry. Shipments of foldable devices are said to have increased 264.3% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the International Data Corporation. But IDC estimates that only 7.1 million foldable phones were shipped in all of 2021, compared to 362.4 million phones shipped in just the fourth quarter of last year.

Here are the rumors of foldable phones we can expect to see from Google, Samsung, and others.

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The new Samsung foldable

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Samsung Display revealed several foldable concepts at CES 2022, including the Flex S tablet shown here.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 had just arrived, but Samsung was already thinking about what’s next. Presentation of the Korean tech giant Several new concepts At CES 2022 in January, including phones with a tri-fold screen and a sliding screen. But Samsung hasn’t given any indication that it’s planning to launch a new type of foldable device yet, so it’s unclear whether or not these concepts will ever make it to market.

But TM Roh, president and chief of mobile experience at Samsung, said in a previous interview with CNET that these and other concepts are potential candidates for future foldable phone designs.

There have also been rumors of Samsung possibly preparing to launch another type of foldable phone. In a tweet that appears to have been deleted, Ice Universe previously said that Samsung could launch a third foldable variant this year. Young is also ringing in To say that Samsung’s slide-out phone was slated for 2022 but has been pushed further.

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Oppo Find in Flip

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Oppo Find N (pictured above) may get a foldable phone-style companion soon.

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Chinese tech giant Oppo may be preparing to take on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, which is currently the most popular foldable phone according to research firm Omdia.

Quoted from data engineer and technical blogger Yogesh BrarTechnical website Pricebaba reports that Oppo is planning to launch two new foldable phones this fall. One of these devices will reportedly be a clamshell-style foldable device similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Huawei P50 for pocketwhile the other is expected Oppo Find in sequel. Both new phones are likely to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, just like Samsung’s new foldable devices, but rumors are scarce.

The current company is folding, book-like Find N, only available in China. But Oppo has already filed a trademark for the term Find N Flip with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, Pricebaba noted. This may indicate that the rumored foldable phone from Oppo may reach European markets as well.

The Oppo Find N has a few design improvements that give it an edge over the Samsung Z Fold line, such as a wider cover screen that feels like a regular phone and a less noticeable crease. Samsung addressed some of these with the recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 4, but I’m still excited to see what improvements Oppo can bring to the foldable phone style as well.

Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, believes that the arrival of the Find N Flip could make Oppo the biggest competitor to Samsung in the foldable phone space.

“It could definitely drive volume and share at the expense of both Huawei and Samsung,” Young told CNET in a previous interview.

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Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)

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Google’s patent application included several sketches of a potential foldable device.

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Google may be the next major tech company to jump on the foldable phone bandwagon. The company is said to be working on a foldable Pixel phone that may have the same shape as the Oppo Find N And a price tag below the $1,800 cost of Samsung’s foldable phones, according to 9to5Google. The outlet also says the phone may be called the Pixel NotePad, but warns that its camera could be a step down from the Pixel 6.

Google hasn’t said a word about any plans to launch a foldable phone yet. We also didn’t see any clues about the foldable Pixel at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference where it sometimes shows off new tech concepts. But since Google has been focusing lately on hardware — something it confirmed at I/O by Announcing six new tools It wouldn’t be surprising to see the company experiment with foldable devices.

If Google has a foldable phone in the works, it is unclear when it will be launched. Korean news site The Elec said that Google had previously planned to announce the device in the last quarter of 2022, but the company had postponed the launch.

TCL foldable phone

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TCL foldable phone concept

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TCL canceled release plans Foldable phone style The phone is in 2021, but it hasn’t given up yet. View Chinese electronics maker Two new concepts earlier this year for foldable and foldable screen phones. One concept has a screen that can curve in and out, while another can fold and expand the size of its screen.

TCL did not say when it plans to launch a foldable phone. But if that happens, the company plans to keep the price at $700 or less, TCL previously told CNET. Getting to that price will be tough, but hopefully it will motivate other phone makers to make their own foldable devices more affordable.

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Foldable iPhone

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Apple’s foldable iPhone, which could be called the iPhone Flip, might look like this rendering by YouTuber ConceptsiPhone.

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Apple is one of the few major smartphone makers that hasn’t released a foldable phone, and it’s unclear if they ever will. But rumors about an iPhone with a bendable screen have been circulating for years, fueling speculation. If Apple is working on a foldable iPhone, it probably won’t release the device for several more years. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter in 2021 that the foldable iPhone is still two to three years away. Supply chain analyst Young also said in February that Apple’s foldable iPhone would be delayed until 2025, according to 9to5Mac.

Waiting a few years for the first foldable device to launch might not be such a bad idea. Foldable phones are expected to account for 1.8% of the total smartphone market by 2025, a jump from 0.5% in 2021, according to IDC. The market research firm also says that foldable devices are expected to capture a third of the premium Android phone market.