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The Mate X2 will come in at least two versions. (Image source: Huawei & Notebookcheck)

The Huawei Mate X2 visits the TENAA - Kirin 9000 chipset likely in line for 5G foldable smartphone

The successor to the Mate Xs has reared its head again, this time at the TENAA. Two models have been certified with the TENAA, both with dual-SIM connectivity and 66 W fast-charging. The Mate X2 has been listed as a 5G device too,...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:47:00 +0100
Xiaomi used pop-up cameras in the Poco F2 Pro and Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi/GSMArena - edited)

Xiaomi foldable smartphone patent packs a pop-up selfie camera to allow for a full-screen tablet display

A new Xiaomi smartphone patent has been shared depicting a foldable device that utilizes a pop-up solution for the front-facing camera. This allows for a full-screen tablet mode that is left unblemished by the presence of a selfie...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:15:00 +0100
The OPPO X 2021 apparently in the wild. (Source: Twitter)

A working OPPO X 2021 unit is seen in the wild, along with its alleged durability rating

OPPO teased a new kind of phone at its latest developer conference: one with an extending, rollable OLED display. This device was reportedly showcased by an engineer from this OEM after the show. This employee asserts that the X 2...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 21 Nov 2020 22:11:00 +0100
The next-gen Z Fold might have important display upgrades. (Source: Samsung)

Rumor | Samsung under-display cameras will be exclusive to the Galaxy Z Fold3 in 2021

The under-display sensor may come to replace the punch-hole in smartphones as time goes on. A new report by a Korean media outlet asserts that Samsung has them in the works for 2021; however, they will only feature in the OEM's hi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 20:54:00 +0100
The Oppo X 2021 is a working concept smartphone featuring a rollable, extendable display. (Image: Oppo)

Oppo makes a splash with the Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED smartphone-tablet hybrid

Oppo has unveiled its Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED display smartphone. The concept device takes a different approach to the smartphone-tablet hybrid foldable OLED designs we have seen from Huawei and Samsung. The end result, however,...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:08:00 +0100
Is this Samsung's first rollable in the hands of the company's Vice Chairman? (Image: PhoneArena)

Samsung exec spotted with what could be its first rollable smartphone

Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been spotted with a previously unseen Samsung smartphone. It is speculated that the device is a prototype of the Korean giant’s forthcoming rollable smartphone. Its appearance suggests an o...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100
A render of the what the Huawei Mate X2 is expected to look like. (Image: TechConfigurations)

Huawei Mate X2 edges closer to release with certification of its 66 W fast-charging system

Huawei might be doing it tough with a shortage of components due to US sanctions, but it is still pushing ahead with the last of its major 2020 releases. Fresh certification for the Mate X2 66 W charging system in China suggests t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:49:00 +0100
The original Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone was released in 2016. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Mi Mix 4 on hold as Xiaomi focuses on 200 W plus charging, under-display camera, and 2K screen for a potential Mi 11 Pro

Xiaomi is reportedly working hard on 200 W and above fast charging, foldability, 2K screens, and the under-display selfie camera. There has been speculation that some of these features may end up being incorporated into a Xiaomi M...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 04 Nov 2020 13:22:00 +0100
The Galaxy W21 5G will arrive on November 4, but only in China. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy W21 5G, a new foldable smartphone, on November 4

Samsung has released a teaser for the Galaxy W21 5G, its next foldable smartphone. To be released on November 4, the Galaxy W21 5G has already been spotted at the TENAA, confirming many details and the design of the upcoming hands...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 18:12:00 +0100
Is this TCL's rollable display? (Source: YouTube)

TCL's rollable phone demo allegedly leaks onto YouTube

The display-maker TCL held a 2020 Display Technology Conference earlier in October 2020. This Chinese event reportedly showcased this OEM's rollable phone prototype. Now, a video purporting to contain the footage has been posted t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:39:00 +0100
The Surface Duo can already be had at discounts of US$200 just six weeks after launching. (Image: Microsoft)

Just six weeks after launch, Surface Duo price cuts of US$200 are riling early adopters

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is already starting to see some relatively steep price cuts of up to US$200. Naturally, early adopters aren’t happy and Microsoft isn’t doing a lot to appease customers other than pointing then to the 60-da...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:43:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Fold2 didn't end up supporting the S-Pen despite rumors. (Image: Samsung)

Galaxy Z Fold3 could finally bring S-Pen support to the foldable

Samsung could be finally bringing S-Pen support to its Galaxy Z Fold line with next year’s model. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will add the long awaited feature thanks to the introduction of thicker foldable glass...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:08:00 +0100
The Mi Mix 3 contained the front-facing camera module on a sliding mechanism. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Mi Mix 4 could end up being a foldable slider smartphone as Xiaomi continues to test devices with an external secondary display

A newly unearthed Xiaomi patent depicts an intriguing device with a design that would fit well with a future Mi Mix 4 (or Mi Mix 2021) thanks to a combination of foldable technology and a slider mechanism. It appears Xiaomi is pus...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 09:13:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G cuts a fine figure and is impressively flexible thanks to its new hinge. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G: Too expensive for mass appeal?

The Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G costs an awful lot money, but it is clearly better than its predecessor. Samsung has made a host of changes for this year's model,...
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Alex Alderson, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:51:00 +0200
Xiaomi's latest folding patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi patents a Samsung Galaxy Fold clone

Xiaomi has just been granted a patent for a tablet-like device that folds down the middle to form a much thinner phone-like form with an additional display on its front. In other words, it looks and seems to function much like Sam...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:51:00 +0200
LG's rollable 65-inch Signature OLED R TV has gone on sale in Korea for around US$87,000. (Image: LG)

LG's cutting edge rollable TV hits the market for US$87,000, hints at future smartphone or tablet applications

LG has finally released its Signature OLED R rollable television. The device uses a 65-inch flexible OLED panel that can roll out of sight into its base, which is designed to look like a piece of furniture when not in use. It also...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:06:00 +0200
Can BOE make its own UTG? (Source: BOE)

BOE may be planning to make its own glass for foldables in the future

BOE is the largest supplier of display panels (AMOLED included) in China. A new report indicates that it now intends to compete even further with the likes of Samsung by making its own ultra-thin glass (UTG) as well. This material...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:18:00 +0200
The Galaxy W21 reportedly surfaces on the TENAA website. (Source: TENAA via MyFixGuide)

A new leak may confirm that the Galaxy W21 will launch in China soon

The Galaxy W20 was an upgraded version of the already-flagship-grade Samsung Galaxy Fold sold in China. Now, according to a new registration issued by TENAA, its next generation might offer more of the same. The alleged certificat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:57:00 +0200
The flaw in the Surface Duo's frame. (Source: Reddit)

Some Microsoft Surface Duo owners are reporting that its frame cracks around the charging port

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a rather unique Android device as it joins 2 displays via a hinge. However, it has become associated with poor durability following testing from some prominent YouTubers. Now, it seems these findings a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:46:00 +0200
Why have a plain old hinge when you can make it RGB? (Source: WIPO via LetsGoDigital)

Samsung patents an RGB hinge for its Galaxy Z Fold series because why not

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold series may be among the best-known of hinged devices out there. Now, a new patent reportedly filed by the OEM and published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in October 2020 shows a way to br...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:04:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Fold2 after JRE was through with it. (Source: YouTube)

A new Galaxy Z Fold2 teardown puts the existence of its protective ultra-thin glass beyond a doubt

Samsung is touting its new Galaxy Z Fold2 as an especially durable flexible-display device thanks to its updated hinge design and the ultra-thin glass (or UTG) that covers its main 7.6-inch screen. The YouTube channel JerryRigEver...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 17:04:00 +0200
JerryRigEverything tests the Z Fold2. (Source: YouTube)

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 goes through JerryRigEverything's testing, fares perhaps better than you might think

The popular electronics destruction-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has gotten Samsung's latest flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold2, in for a durability test. The resulting video might prove that the OEM has improved ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
A Mate X2 render. (Source: TechConfigurations)

The Wi-Fi Alliance certifies a new device that may be the Huawei Mate X2

The Huawei Mate X series consists of outward-folding premium smartphones. It is rumored to get a new addition in 2020 that may come with a re-done design. A device newly submitted to the Wi-Fi Alliance by the OEM is thought to be ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 30 Sep 2020 19:48:00 +0200
A Galaxy W20 poster. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung may launch the Galaxy W21 premium foldable in China soon

The Galaxy W20 is a variation of Samsung's Galaxy Fold released as a Chinese-market exclusive with 5G. Now, it seems it is getting a successor in the coming months. The OEM has certified a new device with a model number likely to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 28 Sep 2020 20:50:00 +0200
LG's new rollable display patent. (Source: USPTO via LetsGoDigital)

LG patents a pull-out display device with stylus support

LG has previously teased or showcased devices with rollable displays. Now, its latest patent, approved by the US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) in September 2020, may show the OEM's latest take on the technology. It is a bo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:25:00 +0200
The Flexpai Royole 2 looks to have improved across all key areas. (Image: Royole)

Royole Flexpai 2 foldable goes official with Snapdragon 865, fold flat design, other refinements

Chinese company Royole has officially launched the Flexpai 2, its foldable smartphone competitor to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Huawei Mate X. The new device boasts powerful performance and unique display char...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:38:00 +0200
The Xiaomi concept looks enticing in tablet mode, but it comes with inherent problems. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

Latest Xiaomi patent figures two folds are better than one for a potential Xiaomi Mi Z Fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid

Another Xiaomi patent has surfaced and this latest one is for a multiple fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid. The Chinese OEM has chosen to grace this concept device with two folds, leading it to be dubbed the Xiaomi Mi Z Fold ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:22:00 +0200
Microsoft Surface Duo stylus torn apart (Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)

Durability test video: The Microsoft Surface Duo is unexpectedly resilient

Although repairing the dual-display Microsoft Surface Duo can easily turn into a nightmare and it is not an easy task even for experienced people, the good news is that this piece of hardware is quite unlikely to break. According ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:06:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Fold2 post-teardown. (Source: YouTube)

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2's iFixit teardown shows it has improved on reparability in its category, if not by much

iFixit has posted its dissembly video for Samsung's latest flagship foldable device. The Galaxy Z Fold2 fared better than other phones with hinges that have featured recently on the same YouTube channel. On the other hand, it coul...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:52:00 +0200
Royole will launch the FlexPai 2 on September 21. (Image source: TENAA)

Royole FlexPai 2 hits AnTuTu and the TENAA with a Snapdragon 865, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage ahead of September 21 announcement

The Royole FlexPai 2 has reached the TENAA and AnTuTu, shortly before its release on September 21. The foldable smartphone will have a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:18:00 +0200
Apple may integrate a hingeless two-pane design inspired by the Microsoft Surface Duo. (Image Source: theHacker34)

Artist envisions the iPhone Fold in detailed animated renders

The renders are based on the specs leaked by industry insider Jon Prosser and depict the foldable iPhone featuring an inner display that consists of two hingeless screens similar to the Microsoft Surface Duo design. Artist theHack...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:05:00 +0200
The Surface Duo is a mess of components. (Image source: iFixit)

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a pain to repair

The Surface Duo may have spent a long time in development, but that did not make the dual-display smartphone any more repairable than other Surface products. The displays and glass panels can be removed without taking apart any ot...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:01:00 +0200
BOE is a proponent of flexible AMOLED tech. (Source: BOE)

BOE reports that its 5mm flexible display tech is now in mass production

Display panels that can fold and unfold regularly without damage will probably play a growing role in the electronics of the future. BOE is one company involved in their development and production. Its latest milestone in this end...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 23:54:00 +0200
The Microsoft Surface Duo is now available. Image via Microsoft.

Microsoft's Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone now available starting at US$1399, early reviews unimpressed

The Surface Duo is now available. Microsoft's dual-screen Android phone has been hotly anticipated, but early reviews suggest the device needs a bit more time to bake; while the design is good, the software is buggy. The phone sta...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:05:00 +0200
The Motorola Razr 2020 5G. (Source: WinFuture)

Update: Launched, leaks confirmed | The Motorola Razr 2020 5G has a full specs leak and an unboxing ahead of its official launch

Motorola is scheduled to launch its refreshed Razr 2020 later today (September 9, 2020). However, it is already out there in the form of YouTube hands-on and first impressions by prominent tech influencers. Furthermore, Roland Qua...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:18:00 +0200
The first official renders of the LG Wing have leaked out. (Image: Evan Blass/Patreon)

LG Wing render reveals full design of the swivel-screen phone for the first time

Official renders of the LG Wing have leaked ahead of its launch next week thanks to Evan Blass. The images show the device from behind for the first time revealing a rear camera array that is quite similar in appearance to the Sam...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:06:00 +0200
The LG Wing will sport a unique form factor for smartphones. (Image source: LG)

LG shares teaser video for new form factor smartphone ahead of September 14 launch

LG has shared a teaser video for its upcoming smartphone, the so-called LG Wing. The device will debut on September 14 with a completely new form factor that twists out to reveal a secondary display. The T-design smartphone may re...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:46:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. (Image Source: Samsung)

Samsung addresses most major shortcomings of the original Fold in the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G; offers Snapdragon 865+ across all regions

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G foldable smartphone, which seeks address most of the shortcomings of the original Fold. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will only be available in a Snapdragon 865+ version and comes with an improved...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:09:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is live. (Source: YouTube)

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G crosses the US$2000 mark with ease in Europe

Today (September 1, 2020), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G for a number of markets worldwide, Germany included. This means we finally get to find out how the premium device is priced in various different regions. The ne...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0200
A render based on OPPO's new patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

OPPO patents a clamshell foldable phone with the screen on the outside

Samsung has captivated some tech enthusiasts with its Galaxy Z Flip neo-clamshell phone, the second of its kind to be foldable. Now, a different mobile device company, OPPO, has designed one much like it, but in reverse. Its scree...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 31 Aug 2020 21:13:00 +0200
Lenovo will release the ThinkPad X1 Fold this fall. (Image source: Lenovo)

The ThinkPad X1 Fold is launching this fall; Lenovo offers a look at the inside of its first folding laptop

The release of the ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo's first foldable laptop, draws closer. Now, the company claims that the X1 Fold will arrive this fall, although this could mean anywhere from September to December.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 21:57:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 was announced a few weeks ago, but availability details are still unclear. (Image Source: Samsung)

Samsung is allegedly working on three new foldable phones

We haven't even found out when exactly the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 is going to be available, yet rumors about other upcoming foldable models are already circulating on Twitter. Details are quite skimpy, but it looks like Samsung plans...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:46:00 +0200
Could there be a Z Flip Lite in the works? (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's "mid-range foldable" takes a step closer to reality with an official Wi-Fi certification

A recent leak has pointed to an upcoming Samsung foldable that may be more affordable than its predecessors. This rumor now gains more weight due to the fact that the Wi-Fi Alliance has registered a device with its alleged model n...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 23 Aug 2020 16:08:00 +0200
The Z Fold2 5G. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: a new leak may confirm the same 120Hz limitations as the Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G will launch for the first time on September 1, 2020. However, any remaining mystique around this second-gen flexible-display phablet may have been disspelled by what looks convincingly like a leaked a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 22 Aug 2020 23:16:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G might get a cheaper sibling soon. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's next foldable device might be more affordable than its forebears

Foldables are the latest and most expensive forms of trendy mobile devices in existence. The blog SamMobile claims to have heard of a new, "budget" iteration of this tech from Samsung. It may have relatively low internal storage o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:37:00 +0200
Microsoft managed to further optimize the Snapdragon 855 SoC and squeeze some more performance out of it for the Surface Duo. (Image Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft's Surface Duo beats all of the currently available Samsung foldables in latest Geekbench tests

Even equipped with only 6 GB of RAM, the Surface Duo manages to beat Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Z Flip models, and for reference, it also beats the Exynos version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Now, the launch version of the Surface ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:36:00 +0200
The Nubia Watch. (Source: Kickstarter)

The flexible display-toting Nubia Watch launches internationally via Kickstarter

Nubia launched its second-generation flexible display watch in China at the start of August 2020, and it has been exclusive to that market since. Now, however, the OEM has broadened its availability by making it a reward on a Kick...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 19 Aug 2020 21:00:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Fold2 on TENAA. (Source: TENAA)

Samsung gets the Galaxy Z Fold2 through TENAA testing ahead of its Chinese-market launch

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-generation book-form flexible tablet. It is slated to launch in the US on September 1, 2020, followed by a debut in China eight days later. The device has appeared on the database of the regu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 16 Aug 2020 23:48:00 +0200
The next Motorola Razr will be revealed on September 9. (Image source: Motorola)

Razr 2020 5G: Motorola confirms that it will "flip the smartphone experience once again" on September 9

The rumours were true; Motorola will be unveiling a new Razr smartphone this year. The follow-up to the Razr 2019 will arrive on September 9 and is rumoured to feature a Snapdragon 765G SoC, meaning that it will also support 5G co...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:10:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Fold — where do we go from here? (Image source: Samsung)

Thin bezels, under-display cameras, and foldables are overpriced stopgaps on the way to the post-smartphone paradigm

The rise of ultra-expensive foldable devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Motorola Razr, and Apple’s rumoured iPhone/iPad hybrid underline a greater issue with the smartphone industry on the whole: the lack of genuine innovation ...
Column by Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:05:00 +0200


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