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In 2019 there was a steady trend for phones with 2 screens. In past years we have seen a modest attempt which was not successful. Now you can see the struggle for who will be the first on the market with a really cool device. Of the big players in the fight publicly got involved only Samsung. Apple is still silent. If you search in the Internet, you can find that this question worries many: “Does Apple prepare a phone with a flexible screen?” At the moment, we can only follow the timid attempts of LG, Huawei, and Motorola to occupy a niche in the market of dual screen phones.

Options are available now:

  • dual-screen phones
    • phone with 2 screens on different sides of one phone
    • phone with additional small screen
    • foldable phone with 2 screens (like book)
    • phone + 2nd optional detachable screen
  • flexible sceen phones
    • flexible dual-side screen
    • foldable screen (horizontal)
    • foldable screen (vertical)

I suggest that we start with the history and then see what we can expect in the market in 2020

Dual Screen Phones

Were released from 2013 to 2017. After 3 versions, the brand disappeared from the market. The idea was innovative: 1 smartphone with 2 screens. One screen was regular, the second e-ink. The phone had its own fans and haters. This gave the brand a chance to succeed. But objective reasons did not allow the phone to grow into something significant. The hardware was not top-end, but the price competed with the top models on the market. Fuzzy marketing and a small amount of software did not create enough demand for natural growth. It was a great try, but the show must go on.

YotaPhone 1/2/3/3+

2013-2017

Were released from 2013 to 2017. After 3 versions, the brand disappeared from the market. The idea was innovative: 1 smartphone with 2 screens. One screen was regular, the second e-ink. The phone had its own fans and haters. This gave the brand a chance to succeed. But objective reasons did not allow the phone to grow into something significant. The hardware was not top-end, but the price competed with the top models on the market. Fuzzy marketing and a small amount of software did not create enough demand for natural growth. It was a great try, but the show must go on.

An experimental smartphone from HTC in the top HTC U line.The starting price is too high. Incomprehensible second display on the front side. The Lack of a 3.5 Jack. Glitches with heating the phone. This turned the phone into a completely incomprehensible replacement for the IPhone and Galaxy. Too little demand has led to HTC no longer making attempts to make a phone with two screens. They continue to produce phones with clear marketing.

HTC U Ultra

2017

An experimental smartphone from HTC in the top HTC U line.The starting price is too high. Incomprehensible second display on the front side. The Lack of a 3.5 Jack. Glitches with heating the phone. This turned the phone into a completely incomprehensible replacement for the IPhone and Galaxy. Too little demand has led to HTC no longer making attempts to make a phone with two screens. They continue to produce phones with clear marketing.

Very cool model from 2017. Stylish design. Several color options. Smart phone with a small additional screen on the second side of the smartphone. The downside was a weak battery and scratches on the case. The functionality of the additional screen is also bad, but this is expected. Slow built-in memory, no NFC, slow memory, and old Android version. Perhaps it is impossible to call this attempt successful. We will also consider it an experiment.

Meizu Pro 7/Pro 7 Plus

2017

Very cool model from 2017. Stylish design. Several color options. Smart phone with a small additional screen on the second side of the smartphone. The downside was a weak battery and scratches on the case. The functionality of the additional screen is also bad, but this is expected. Slow built-in memory, no NFC, slow memory, and old Android version. Perhaps it is impossible to call this attempt successful. We will also consider it an experiment.

In practice, the dual display is completely useless for many tasks. It is inconvenient to watch videos and use maps, and view photos too. Games just don’t support working with two screens. In addition, the front and main cameras are extremely inconvenient. Different white balance on different displays is something unintelligible.

ZTE Axon M Z999

Released 2017, November

In practice, the dual display is completely useless for many tasks. It is inconvenient to watch videos and use maps, and view photos too. Games just don’t support working with two screens. In addition, the front and main cameras are extremely inconvenient. Different white balance on different displays is something unintelligible.

This is something new. An ordinary smartphone with two full screens. What can be highlighted: camera only on one side, no NFC chip, no card slot, weak battery, insufficiently developed software for the second screen. This is not a yotaphone, but it is also not a replacement for the top-end Iphone. There is nothing cool that would make you want to overpay for a second screen.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition

Released 2018, December

This is something new. An ordinary smartphone with two full screens. What can be highlighted: camera only on one side, no NFC chip, no card slot, weak battery, insufficiently developed software for the second screen. This is not a yotaphone, but it is also not a replacement for the top-end Iphone. There is nothing cool that would make you want to overpay for a second screen.

The flagship smartphone with two displays from ZTE. At the same time, the camera on this phone is only on one side. It uses a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a 4000 mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner on the side buttons. The downside is the lack of NFC and microSD, as well as software errors. Model for one year, in 2020 we expect something better.

ZTE Nubia Z20

Released 2019, August

The flagship smartphone with two displays from ZTE. At the same time, the camera on this phone is only on one side. It uses a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a 4000 mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner on the side buttons. The downside is the lack of NFC and microSD, as well as software errors. Model for one year, in 2020 we expect something better.

What’s next?! Two screens don’t fire. The market is waiting for another breakthrough. Phones with flexible screens are a candidate for the top of people’s desires.

Detachable Dual Screen Phones

LG decided to take a separate niche for itself and focused on folding phones with a detachable second screen. What came out of this can be seen below on the example of 3 models.

LG V50 Dual Screen

Key Features

  1. Main screen 6.4″ QHD+ OLED (3120 x 1440/538ppi), FullVision Display – 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio
  2. Second Screen 6.2″ 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED
  3. 5G
  4. IP68
  5. Snapdragon 855
  6. RAM – 6GB
  7. ROM – 128GB
  8. Battery 4,000mAh
  9. USB Type-C
  10. front + rear camera

LG G8X ThinQ™ Dual Screen

Key Features

  1. detachable LG Dual Screen™
  2. 6.4”1 FHD + OLED 19.5:9
  3. Snapdragon 855
  4. 4G LTE
  5. RAM: 6 GB
  6. 128GB ROM
  7. 4,000 mAh Battery
  8. Fingerprint Sensor
  9. USB Type-C

CAMERA

Rear:
12 MP Standard, 78° FOV
13 MP Wide-Angle, 136° FOV
Front:
32 MP with Pixel Binning, 78° FOV

LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen

Announced model.

Key Features

  1. detachable 6.8-inch 20.5:9 FHD + P-OLED FullVision (2,460 x 1,080 / 395ppi)
  2. main display 6.8-inch 20.5:9 FHD+ P-OLED FullVision (2,460 x 1,080 / 395ppi)
  3. Snapdragon™ 865
  4. 8GB RAM / 128GB ROM
  5. Battery: 5,000mAh
  6. 5G
  7. USB Type-C 
  8. In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Flexible screen phones

Royole Corporation at the international exhibition CES 2019 demonstrated live its, as it claims, the world’s first commercially available folding smartphone with a flexible display. This phone is actually a prototype. Very expensive and very slow phone. When unfolded, it looks more like a tablet. It looks like the company released its smartphone with a curving screen just to beat the competition without much concern for the quality of the product.

Royole FlexPai

2018, December

Royole Corporation at the international exhibition CES 2019 demonstrated live its, as it claims, the world’s first commercially available folding smartphone with a flexible display. This phone is actually a prototype. Very expensive and very slow phone. When unfolded, it looks more like a tablet. It looks like the company released its smartphone with a curving screen just to beat the competition without much concern for the quality of the product.

The Motorola Razr features a 6.2- inch Flex View p-OLED main display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels. The external display has a diagonal of 2.7 inches. The battery is characterized by a capacity of about 2510 mAh, the fingerprint sensor is located at the bottom of the smartphone.
The smartphone received a single-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system , 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash memory. Motorola Razr is equipped with a USB-C connector and support for 15-watt charging. The resolution of the cameras is 16 and 5 MP. The first reviews are rather negative. There is information that the phone emits a “cheap plastic sound” when opening/closing.

Motorola Razr 2019

2019, November

The Motorola Razr features a 6.2- inch Flex View p-OLED main display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels. The external display has a diagonal of 2.7 inches. The battery is characterized by a capacity of about 2510 mAh, the fingerprint sensor is located at the bottom of the smartphone.
The smartphone received a single-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system , 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash memory. Motorola Razr is equipped with a USB-C connector and support for 15-watt charging. The resolution of the cameras is 16 and 5 MP. The first reviews are rather negative. There is information that the phone emits a “cheap plastic sound” when opening/closing.

Made soundly. The folding screen is not perfect, a fold is visible on the screen. It is inconvenient to work with one hand. Unusual geometry of the internal screen. There is no water protection. It looks like repairs will be expensive. In our opinion, this is a very expensive toy. It is not yet clear how this can catch the average buyer.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

2019, September

Made soundly. The folding screen is not perfect, a fold is visible on the screen. It is inconvenient to work with one hand. Unusual geometry of the internal screen. There is no water protection. It looks like repairs will be expensive. In our opinion, this is a very expensive toy. It is not yet clear how this can catch the average buyer.

So, this is an expensive 5G phone with a flexible screen from Huawei. It looks very original. It seems that Huawei has decided to reinvent the smartphone for fans of completely new devices. It’s definitely better than Galaxy Fold, but it’s not perfect yet.The Huawei folding phone is undoubtedly “sexier”. Its screen is larger, without notches and has less visible crease at the fold. The overall device is also thinner. But Samsung’s fold is more practical because the curved plastic screen is protected when not in use, while Huawei is always open at all times.

Huawei Mate X 

2019, November

So, this is an expensive 5G phone with a flexible screen from Huawei. It looks very original. It seems that Huawei has decided to reinvent the smartphone for fans of completely new devices. It’s definitely better than Galaxy Fold, but it’s not perfect yet.The Huawei folding phone is undoubtedly “sexier”. Its screen is larger, without notches and has less visible crease at the fold. The overall device is also thinner. But Samsung’s fold is more practical because the curved plastic screen is protected when not in use, while Huawei is always open at all times.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4G LTE compatible phone. It looks really cool. It seems that Motorola Razr 2019 has a great competitor. Looks like a folding mirror. There are also disadvantages : the price for such iron is excessive. It is unlikely that there will be enough fans who want to return to the 90’s. Still there is an established user experience and not everyone will be familiar with such a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

2020

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4G LTE compatible phone. It looks really cool. It seems that Motorola Razr 2019 has a great competitor. Looks like a folding mirror. There are also disadvantages : the price for such iron is excessive. It is unlikely that there will be enough fans who want to return to the 90’s. Still there is an established user experience and not everyone will be familiar with such a smartphone.

What’s next

It’s beautiful. A new technological revolution in the smartphone market. If you look at Google trends , many are looking for “When will Apple release its flexible phone?”For many, it has become commonplace that all significant changes in the phone market are made first by Apple. But now it looks like Apple is too late. How can they respond? Who knows? I suggest that everyone follow the situation. I believe that in 2020 there will be a significant number of new models of phones with a flexible screen on the market.

Mi MIX Alpha

This is something interesting. But the price makes it a phone for businesses, tech bloggers and geeks. The phone looks amazing. XIAOMI has made a really cool phone before its competitors.

Mi MIX Alpha
NETWORKGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / 5G
LAUNCHComing soon. Exp. release 2020, Q2
BODYDimensions 154.4 x 72.3 x 10.4 mm (6.08 x 2.85 x 0.41 in)
Weight 241 g (8.50 oz)
Build Glass front, ceramic/glass back, titanium alloy frame (TC4)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYType Flexible Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 7.92 inches, 201.8 cm2 (~180.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 2088 x 2250 pixels (~388 ppi density)
MEMORYCard slot No
Internal 512GB 12GB RAM
UFS 3.0
MAIN CAMERA Triple 108 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF
12 MP, f/2.0, 54mm (telephoto), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom
20 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.8", 1.0µm, Laser AF
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/120/240fps, [email protected]
SELFIE CAMERA Triple No - uses main camera
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/120/240fps, [email protected]
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4050 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 40W
COLORS Black

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 last news

The first version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold was not the most successful. There are rumors on the Internet that a second version of this smartphone will appear in 2020. But we think that Samsung should hurry. The market has boomed for phones with a folding screen. If the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 doesn’t come out soon, it may be too late. We wait and watch impatiently.

Microsoft Surface Duo

Microsoft Surface Duo

Microsoft suddenly woke up and announced something interesting. Look what they did. A folding smartphone with two displays with a concise design and a hint of paper notebooks. Looks nice. The details will be later. But it is known that it will be Android and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.

Known concepts of phones with foldable screen

Oppo Foldable Phone Prototype
Xiaomi Mi Mix Flex

There is information about some prototypes of foldable phones. For Example: Oppo Foldable Phone and Xiaomi Mi Mix Flex. It seems that not everyone has access to these technologies yet, and many are waiting for top companies to solve all technical problems, so that they can copy successful configurations.

Flexible laptops and tablets

In fact, a phone with a foldable screen is only the most obvious. But the first foldable screen tablet has already appeared on the market. We will observe how practical this is and whether this idea has a future.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

At the moment, this laptop (or tablet) looks just like an expensive toy without a clear positioning. It looks like the main factor will be the price. Given the price of bending phones, the price of a laptop will be rather big. In terms of technology, Lenovo has taken the first step. Then there will be models from competitors, and then the real struggle for the buyer will begin. Still, this product is not for everyone.

Key features:

  • 13.3-inch OLED display ( 4×3 ratio )
  • 5G
  • ~1KG
  • Windows 10X
  • optional Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard