"Very expensive" is an honest observation: the Mate X, which also works with next-generation 5G networks, will cost €2,299 (A$3,660) when released mid-year. The design seems quite alike to 8-inch display of Huawei Mate X on unfolding. Unlike Samsung Galaxy Fold (which sports a notch for camera module), the Oppo phone doesn't have any cutout or notch on unfolding. Probably the most compelling competitor is Huawei's Mate X, another foldable which wraps its flexible screen around the outside of the device, rather than sandwiching it into the middle as Samsung did. And it is likely for Oppo to be the next company to launch its foldable phone in the market after Huawei and Samsung.
Huawei's Mate X features a split-screen mode.
Forrester analysts Thomas Husson stated: "No matter how innovative and technology advanced the new device is, it will take a lot more time for a critical mass of consumers to experience the benefits of foldable phones and 5G technology". Add to this the fact that there's a gap at the hinge end when the device is folded shut and that it's noticeably chunkier than Huawei's, and it's clear that Huawei has won this particular battle.
While there aren't many details on the next version of Samsung Galaxy Note flagship, the leaks so far indicate that the Galaxy Note 10 is expected to come with a quad-lens camera system. By using a screen that folds outwards and lines up seamlessly with the grip housing the cameras, it is easy to double the cameras for rear or front facing photos. With a magnanimous 8-inch screen when unfolded and 6.6-inch display upon wrapping the screen around the back.
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The device will be slightly redesigned, it will probably sport different corners or something of the sort, and a curved display will make a comeback.
While the Galaxy Fold sports two distinct displays, folding its larger screen inwards and utilising a smaller panel on the outside, Huawei opts for a single OLED display that fold around the outside. Both Samsung and Huawei have unveiled foldables in recent days, but how do they stack up? The Mate X is powered by a Kirin 980 processor, and the Galaxy Fold is equipped with a similarly powered octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. The device, described as a phone-tablet hybrid, has been called an "engineering marvel", providing a foldable tablet sized screen that can be carried around in your pocket.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone XS Max successors may get introduced around the same time later this year.
The Mate X is expected to launch sometime mid-2019 in Interstellar Blue with a hefty 2,300 Euro ($2,600 USD) price tag.