Sliding screens might make more sense than folding phones

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TCL prototype phone has a slidable screen
This TCL prototype phone investigates whether a slidable screen would be better than a foldable one.
Photo: Cnet/TCL

TCL reportedly developed a prototype phone with a slidable screen. This would allow a small, easily portable handset to include a 7-inch display.

The design is clearly intended to take on foldable displays, which also allow smaller phones to offer large screens.

Foldable phone shipments could surpass 100 million by 2025

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8-inch foldable iPhone concept
A concept foldable phone shows the advantages: it’s about the size of an iPhone 11, but opens into an iPad mini.
Concept: Ben Geskin

The market for foldable phones is still in its infancy. But a market analysts firm says eventually every major phone maker will produce them, including Apple. Once problems with early designs are worked out, shipments will pass the 100 million mark in a few years.

Motorola Razr with folding display misses launch date

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2020 Motorola Razr
The 2020 Motorola Razr joins the other phones with flexible displays that were delayed.
Photo: Motorola

Today was supposed to be the debut of an expensive new version of the Motorola Razr with a folding screen. But it didn’t happen.

Earlier this year, handsets from Samsung and Huawei with flexible displays were delayed because of design problems. Motorola, by contrast, says it pushed back the launch of the redesigned Razr to give it more time to meet high demand.

Huawei delays first foldable phone for a second time

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The Huawei Mate X folding phone
The wait for the Mate X continues.
Photo: Huawei

Huawei this week delayed its first foldable smartphone … again. The Chinese company says there is “no possibility” of the Mate X making its debut in September.

The exciting new handset was originally scheduled to launch in June. Huawei pushed back its launch and admitted it was taking a “cautious” approach after Samsung’s struggled with the Fold.

Uh-oh! Huawei delays its first foldable smartphone

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Huawei’s Mate X isn’t exactly svelte.
You’ll have to wait until September for the Mate X.
Photo: Huawei

If you’re itching to get your hands on a foldable phone and you thought choosing Huawei over Samsung would be a good idea following the Galaxy Fold’s delay, think again.

Huawei has confirmed that it, too, is delaying its first foldable handset. The Mate X is now pegged for a September debut so that extra tests can be carried out to avoid another Galaxy Fold fiasco.

Apple ‘faces pressure’ to deliver foldable iPhone fast

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Galaxy-Fold-inside
Could it be here any day now?
Photo: Samsung

Apple is said to be under pressure to deliver a foldable iPhone that can compete with upcoming devices from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.

Apple “cannot afford to ignore” the foldable phone trend, according to a new report. If the company doesn’t catch up quickly, industry observers warn Cupertino could lose its reputation as being “a leader of innovation.”

$2,600 Huawei folding phone makes Samsung’s look cheap

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The Huawei Mate X folding phone
The wait for the Mate X continues.
Photo: Huawei

When jaws dropped at the $1,980 price of Samsung’s first folding phone, Huawei said “Hold my beer.” The Chinese company just took the wraps of its own flexible handset that will go for a mind-blowing €2,299 (roughly $2,600).

Of course, the Mate X is loaded  with truly cutting-edge features, especially a 6.6-inch screen that opens to 8 inches. There’s also 5G. 

If nothing else, these two models should cut down on the criticism of the price of the iPhone XS Max, which looks relatively cheap at a mere $1,099.