Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Motorola Razr 2022 and other folding smartphones expected in 2022



If the rumors circulating are true, 2022 promises to be a good year for folding smartphones. Samsung, Motorola, Google and other brands are expected to introduce new models.

And that could start within a few weeks with Samsung. Recall that the manufacturer launched the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in the summer of 2020 and the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 in August 2021. This suggests that a Galaxy Z Fold 4 could well debut in the next two months. are coming.

According to IDC figures, deliveries of folding smartphones would have increased by 264.3% in 2021 compared to 2020. A percentage to be put into perspective with regard to the 7.1 million folding smartphones sold in 2021 against 362.4 million phones mobiles sold only in the fourth quarter of last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Sarah Tew/CNET

In all likelihood, Samsung’s foldable screen hybrid smartphone should get an update this year. Based on the leaks and rumors that have emerged so far, it looks like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be a minimal update to the current Z Fold 3. According to
Ice Universe, its design could be more refined, thanks in particular to a thinner hinge. Its camera would offer the same level of quality as that of the Galaxy S22. It would inherit the latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 from Qualcomm. What we expect above all is a price drop because the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market. Analyst Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, bets on a
price drop for the next generation.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung is also expected to launch a new version of the Galaxy Z Flip this year, a clamshell version of its foldable screen. Much like the Z Fold 4, leaks for the Z Flip 4 indicate that it will be an update to the current model rather than a radical renewal. According to
91mobilesthe Z Flip 4 will be entitled to a larger external screen to facilitate viewing the time and notifications without opening the phone.

A new folding smartphone from Samsung?

Samsung Display unveiled several foldable concepts at CES 2022, including the Flex S tablet above. Samsung

In a tweet that seems to have been deleted, Ice Universe announced that Samsung could launch a third folding smartphone this year. The South Korean giant showed off several new concepts at CES 2022 in January, including smartphones with a triple-folding screen and a sliding screen. Samsung hasn’t given any indication of a third folding Galaxy model, but its next Unpacked conference scheduled for August could be the occasion for an announcement.

Motorola Razr 2022

Motorola Razr 2020. Angela Lang/CNET

According to Steve Hemmerstoffer (via
CompareDial) and Evan Blass (via
91Mobiles), Motorola is working on a new version of its folding clamshell smartphone, the price of which could drop. It would be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and a new dual-sensor camera. Welcome developments that would correct the main complaints we have made against the Razr 2020.

Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)

An image taken from a Google patent application for a folding phone. Google

Google could be the next big tech company to enter the folding phone market. According
9to5Googlethe California giant is working on a folding Pixel that could have a shape similar to Oppo’s Find N and a lower price than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The site also claims that the phone could be called Pixel NotePad, and warns that its camera would be less efficient than that of the Pixel 6.

Google has not said a word about any folding smartphone project, especially during its last Google I/O keynote where the next Pixel 7, Pixel Buds Pro and the Pixel Watch were previewed. If Google actually has such a product in its boxes, we do not know when it will be launched. The Korean News Site
The Electric revealed that Google planned to announce the device in the fourth quarter of 2022, but ultimately decided to delay the launch.

A folding smartphone at TCL

TCL’s folding phone concept. Lisa Eadicicco/CNET

TCL has abandoned its plan to launch a folding smartphone in 2021, but has not completely given up. This year, the Chinese manufacturer introduced two new phones with rollable and foldable screens. TCL has not set a timetable for a commercial launch, but told our colleagues of CNET.com that he planned to keep a price below the $700 mark.

A folding iPhone

A fictional concept describing what a folding iPhone might look like. ConceptsiPhone

Apple is one of the few major smartphone makers that hasn’t released a folding phone, and it’s unclear if it ever will. But rumors of a foldable screen iPhone have been circulating for years. If Apple is working on a folding iPhone, it probably won’t be released for a few years. That’s what you think Bloomberg that a folding iPhone won’t hit the market for two or three years. A prediction supported by
9to5Mac who understands that the launch would have been postponed to 2025.

CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance

Image: Sarah Tew/CNET



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