made headlines in 2019, when companies love † and introduced their first bendable devices. If the rumors and reports are correct, 2022 will be another year for foldable phones, with Samsung, Motorola and Google expected to introduce new flexible designs.
The rumors of Samsung’s foldable phones could even arrive in the coming months if the company follows its previous pattern. For example, Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and in the summer of 2020in August 2021.
Sales of foldable phones are growing, but they’re not nearly as ubiquitous as standard phones. Shipments of foldable smartphones are said to have increased by 264.3% in 2021 from 2020, according to The International Data Corporation† But the 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’s a look at the rumored foldable phones from Samsung, Motorola and others that are reportedly in the works.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung’s phone-tablet hybrid is reportedly due for an upgrade this year. Based on the leaks and rumors that have emerged so far, it appears that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a moderately upgraded version of the current one.Ice Universelike an improved camera similar to that of the † Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 will reportedly power the device, the source also claims.† It could have a slimmer design, thanks to a slimmer hinge according to prolific leaker
But what I really hope to see for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a lower price. The current version costs $1,800 with no trade-in, making it one of the most expensive phones out there. But display analyst Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, speculates Samsung’s next-generation foldable phones get a price cut.
Samsung usually unveils its new foldable phones in August, so we expect to hear more in the coming months. Check out our full story to learn more about what to expect
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung is also expected to launch a new version of its clamshell,this year. Much like the rumors about the Z Fold 4, leaks about the Z Flip 4 indicate that it will be a refresh of the current model rather than a dramatic change.
The Z Flip 4 is expected to get a larger cover screen according to Youngthe display analyst, and Yogesh Brar, a writer for the site 91mobiles who claims to have received a full list of the Z Flip 4 specs. An upgrade like this would make it easier to see the time and notifications at a glance without unfolding the phone.
We won’t know for sure until Samsung announces a new version of the Z Flip, which is likely to happen in August. Check out our full story to learn more about what we can see in the
A new Samsung foldable
But perhaps even more exciting is the idea that Samsung could introduce a completely new type of foldable phone this year. In a tweet that appears to have been deleted, Ice Universe previously said Samsung could debut a third type of foldable this year. Young also participated to say that a slide-out phone from Samsung was slated for production in 2022 but had been pushed further out.
If Samsung plans to launch a new-style foldable, it certainly has plenty of ideas to choose from. The Korean tech giant on displayat CES 2022 in January, including phones with a triple-folding screen and a screen that slides. Samsung has not given any indication that it plans to launch a new type of foldable soon, but we expect the next big Unpacked event to take place in August.
2022 Motorola Razr
We liked it in the enddue to its refined design and improved battery life. But CNET reviewer Patrick Holland pointed out that the phone’s then $1,400 price and other shortcomings, such as the camera’s poor low-light performance, kept it from being as good as it could be. Hopefully Motorola will have allayed these concerns if the rumors of the third generation Razr turn out to be real.
Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)
Google may be the next big tech company to jump on the foldable phone cart. The company is reportedly working on a foldable Pixel that could have a similar shape to 9to5Google† The outlet also says the phone could be called the Pixel NotePad, but warns that the camera could be a step lower than the Pixel 6.and a price lower than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, according to
Google hasn’t said anything about plans to release a foldable phone yet. We also didn’t see any indication of a foldable Pixel at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference where it sometimes showcases new technical concepts. But given Google’s recent focus on hardware — which it emphasized on I/O by— it wouldn’t be surprising to see the company experimenting with foldable devices.
If Google has a foldable phone in the works, it’s unclear when it would launch. korean news site the Elec said Google previously planned to announce the device in Q4 2022, but the company has reportedly delayed the launch.
A TCL foldable phone
TCL canceled plans to releasephone in 2021, but he is not giving up yet. The Chinese electronics maker on display earlier this year for phones with rollable and foldable screens. One concept has a screen that can bend in and out, while the other can fold and enlarge its screen.
TCL has not said when it plans to release a foldable phone. But if and when it does, the company plans to keep the price at $700 or less, TCL previously told CNET. Reaching that price will be a challenge, but hopefully it will motivate other phone manufacturers to make their foldable phones equally affordable.
A foldable iPhone
Apple is one of the few major smartphone makers that hasn’t released a foldable phone, and it’s unclear if that will ever happen. But rumors of an iPhone with a bendable screen have been circulating for years, fueling speculation. If Apple is working on a foldable iPhone, the device will probably only be released in a few years. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter in 2021 that: a foldable iPhone will take another two to three years. Display 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 to launch the first foldable might not be a bad idea. Foldable phones are expected to represent 1.8% of the total smartphone market by 2025, a jump from 0.5% in 2021, according to the IDC. The market research firm also has says foldable are expected to take over a third of the premium Android phone market.