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What is a Foldable Phone?

Smartphones have been quickly evolving in the last few years. From high quality cameras to fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, our phones have never been so “smart”.

As if these features were not enough, foldable phones are the latest trend on the market. But what exactly is a foldable phone?

Recycell gives you more information on this technology.

What exactly is a foldable phone?

No, we are not talking about flip phones from the early 2000s. Foldable phones are part of the latest smartphone technologies.

The most impressive feature that defines this new device is the fact that the screen itself is bendable and can be folded in half. Some models go from the size of a phone to a smaller design, while others go from the size of a phone to the size of a tablet.

Foldable phones can be used in their smaller, folded state, or in their wider form by unfolding them horizontally or vertically depending on the model. They are therefore appreciated for their large screens but compact design.

How do foldable phones work?

You may be wondering how something similar to the phone you currently have can possibly fold in half.

Whereas most smartphone screens are made of glass, foldable phones typically use flexible plastic OLED displays. This material is highly resistant to bending, although it is more likely to be scratched than your usual smartphone screen.

The manufacturing process and operating systems are also very different from regular smartphones, hence the reason there are not many on the market yet.

Foldable phones on the market

Apple has not yet released a foldable phone, but companies such as Samsung, LG, Huawei and more have already taken the opportunity to develop devices for this growing market.

Here are some of the leading foldable phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is not the first of Samsung’s foldable phone options, but it is the latest model. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Fold folded vertically, this model folds horizontally for a more compact design.

This newer premium model made with ultra-thin glass offers 256GB of storage space with 8GB of RAM. The hinge can be opened at different angles and the content on your phone continuously adapts to fit this device.

Motorola Razr 5G (2020)

You may remember the original Motorola Razr flip phone from the early 2000s.

They have taken their iconic design and upgraded it with the latest technology to create the Motorola Razr 5G. They released the device in 2019 and the second generation 5G model in 2020. Similar to the model above, it features 256GB of storage with 8GB of RAM.

It also has an external camera that becomes a selfie camera when the device is folded.

Huawei Mate Xs

The Huawei Mate Xs is the second generation of their 2019 model.

It resembles a typical smartphone with a 6.6-inch screen, but it is essentially an 8-inch tablet when unfolded. It has even more storage than the previous models, with an impressive 512GB of space. It is also compatible with 5G networks.

One of their key features? The battery can charge up to 85% in as little as 30 minutes!

Not quite ready to purchase a foldable phone?

There you have it: the basics of foldable phones.

Considering that foldable phones are fairly recent, they are unfortunately still quite expensive, typically starting at just a little under $2,500. They may become more common and therefore more affordable in the years to come as technology evolves.

Until then, why not save some money and purchase a used cell phone from Recycell? Contact us if you have any questions!


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