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Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold, Z Flip 4 May Soon Have More Competitionl

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold, Z Flip 4 May Soon Have More Competition

Foldable phones still account for a puny portion of the smartphone market, but some of the world’s most consider it phone makers are trying to change that. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 on Aug. 10, followed by new foldable requested announcements from Motorola and Xiaomi. There could be even more foldables on the way later this year and beyond, if rumors and reports are to be believed.

Foldables are a nascent but growing part of the mobile requested industry. Shipments of foldable devices are said to have increased by 264.3% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to International Data Corporation. But the IDC estimates that just 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 rumored foldable phones we’re expecting to potentially see from Google, Samsung and others.

A new Samsung foldable

Flex S tablet

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


The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 just arrived, but Samsung has already been thinking about what’s next. The Korean tech giant showcased several new concepts at CES 2022 in January, including phones with a tri-folding screen and a prove that slides. But Samsung hasn’t provided any indication that it plans to inaugurate a new type of foldable just yet, so it’s unclear whether these concepts will come to market.

But TM Roh, dignified and head of Samsung’s mobile experience business, said in a continue CNET interview that these concepts and others are potential candidates for future foldable arranged designs.

There have also been whispers of Samsung potentially training to launch another type of foldable phone. In a tweet that seems to have been deleted, Ice Universe previously said Samsung could debut a third type of foldable this year. Young also chimed in to say a Samsung slidable arranged was scheduled for production in 2022 but had been pushed further out. 

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Oppo Find N Flip

Oppo Find N open

The Oppo Find N (pictured above) may get a flip phone-style company soon. 

Eli Blumenthal

Chinese tech giant Oppo could be making to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip, which is now the most popular foldable phone according to research firm Omdia. 

Citing data engineer and tech blogger Yogesh Brar, tech website Pricebaba reports that Oppo plans to drop two new foldable phones this fall. One of those devices will reportedly be a clamshell-style foldable Difference to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and and Huawei P50 Pocket, while the other is expected to be an Oppo Find N sequel. Both new phones will likely run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, just like Samsung’s new foldables, but rumors are scarce. 

The company’s New foldable, the booklike Find N, is only available in China. But Oppo has already filed a trademark for the term Find N Flip with the European Union Intellectual Property Workplace, as Pricebaba noticed. That could suggest Oppo’s rumored flip called may arrive in European markets as well.

The Oppo Find N has some originate refinements that give it an advantage over Samsung’s Z Fold line, such as a wider Hide screen that feels more like a regular phone and a less noticeable crease. Samsung addressed some of these elements with its recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 4, but I’m quiet excited to see which improvements Oppo could bring to the flip phone-style foldable, too.

Ross Young, cofounder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, thinks the arrival of the Find N Flip could make Oppo the biggest competitor to Samsung in the foldable called space. 

“That could certainly drive a lot of volume and take Part at both Huawei and Samsung’s expense,” Young said to CNET in a last interview. 

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Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)


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


Google Great be the next major tech company to jump on the foldable called bandwagon. The company is reportedly working on a foldable Pixel that Great have a similar shape as Oppo’s Find N and a label that’s lower than the $1,800 cost of Samsung’s Fold phones, according to 9to5Google. The outlet also says the called might be called the Pixel NotePad, but cautions that its camera could be a step down from the Pixel 6’s. 

Google hasn’t said a word around any plans to release a foldable phone yet. We also didn’t see any clues around a foldable Pixel at Google I/O, the company’s annual developers conference where it sometimes shows off new tech concepts. But given Google’s recent focus on hardware — which it emphasized at I/O by announcing six new gadgets — it wouldn’t be surprising to see the business experiment with foldables. 

If Google does have a foldable called in the works, it’s unclear when it would Begin. Korean news site The Elec said Google previously designed to announce the device in the fourth quarter of 2022, but the business has reportedly delayed the launch. 

A TCL foldable phone

TCL Foldable Phone

TCL’s foldable called concept

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TCL scrapped plans to drop a flip phone-style foldable phone in 2021, but it’s not giving up yet. The Chinese electronics maker showcased two new concepts back this year for phones with rollable and foldable screens. One concept has a screen that can bend inwards and outwards, while the other can fold and expand the size of its screen.

TCL hasn’t said when it plans to drop a foldable phone. But if and when it does, the business plans to keep the price at $700 or less, TCL previously told CNET. Getting to that label will be challenging, but hopefully it will motivate new phone makers to make their foldables similarly affordable.

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A foldable iPhone


Apple’s foldable iPhone, which could be called the iPhone Flip, may look something like these renders by YouTuber ConceptsiPhone. 


Apple is one of the few most smartphone makers that hasn’t released a foldable phone, and it’s unclear whether it ever will. But rumors around an iPhone with a bendable screen have been circulating for days, fueling speculation. If Apple is working on a foldable iPhone, it likely won’t release the device for another few days. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter in 2021 that a foldable iPhone is aloof two to three years away. Display supply chain analyst Young also said in February that Apple’s foldable iPhone would be delayed pending 2025, according to 9to5Mac. 

Waiting a few years to originate its first foldable might not be a bad idea. Foldable phones are required to account for 1.8% of the overall smartphone market by 2025, a jump from 0.5% in 2021, according to IDC. The market research firm also says foldables are required to take over one-third of the premium market for Android phones.