Foldable phones at MWC 2019: just the beginning

  • Published on Feb 26, 2019
  • Foldable phones are just getting started. Here’s what we know so far: the Huawei Mate X, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the Royole FlexPai. It's already obvious that they're going to be a big part of our shared technological future. The hype from all corners for them has been deafening, whether you're talking to hardware manufacturers, mobile carriers, or tech enthusiasts. As big and important as foldables will be though, they also face a long road of evolution and refinement, one where prices will need to come down and usability will have to go way up.
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Comments • 417

  • Alvin d
    Alvin d 22 days ago

    Even the older model of those flagship phones are still expensive to buy.

  • Zhuoyang Zhang
    Zhuoyang Zhang 28 days ago

    Huawei mate x is the best I think so far

  • GV SP
    GV SP Month ago

    ZTE Axon M is the best.

  • alice fish
    alice fish 2 months ago

    Can someone please tell me why a foldable screen is necessary

  • A-THE- 1ST
    A-THE- 1ST 2 months ago +1

    IQ☝ 21:104 “The day that we fold the heavens like a folding of books (completed),-even as we produced the first creation, so shall we produce a new one; a promise we have undertaken; truly shall we fulfil it"

  • TotalDiscount
    TotalDiscount 2 months ago

    so sad that huawei didn't add pen support on their products. It would've been awesome but because of the invisible hinge on the center, you can't see it, but you can feel it when drawing

  • dadada486
    dadada486 2 months ago

    The dream is total mobility....every science fiction film has a variation of this..."phones" stopped being just phones a long time ago...they are mobile computers!

    BOMB SHELTER 2 months ago

    Dont forget about the zte zmax pro

  • Wei Chan
    Wei Chan 2 months ago

    I found my next phone!

  • Taimur Ahmed
    Taimur Ahmed 2 months ago

    Samsung's One UI is a very good software.

  • Voice of Reason
    Voice of Reason 2 months ago

    foldable surface pro or ipad pro gives me hype

  • move foward
    move foward 3 months ago

    Holographic phones. Then...

  • Global Teknindo
    Global Teknindo 3 months ago

    i m looking for folable car

  • William Dean
    William Dean 3 months ago

    Samsung was smart, hiding their large screen on the inside so it's plastic screen is protected. How long will those other screens hold up when they don't have the glass protection and that soft plastic screen cover is on the outside getting bombarded by keys and what not?

  • Ino Komodo
    Ino Komodo 3 months ago

    i wont spend money on a phone made in china

  • Gabo H
    Gabo H 3 months ago

    I never looked at my phone and wished I could fold it.
    What I really want is a small and fast, very fast phone with great battery life.
    If we just could go back to 4" performance phones, that would be great

  • mady bali
    mady bali 3 months ago

    for 500 euro you can get 1 good Phone and 1 good tablet

  • Motivator Warrior
    Motivator Warrior 3 months ago

    6 years ago we talked like it would be in 10 years from then. what is 2 years from now?

  • Leonardo
    Leonardo 3 months ago

    Mein Gott the audio is terrible Vlad

  • Juan Lopez
    Juan Lopez 3 months ago

    They need to make foldable watches so I can text and watch Netflix easier at work

  • -• • • •
    -• • • • 3 months ago

    -Then we got black and white screens...
    *shows image of a monochromatic green screen*

  • Avantt 007
    Avantt 007 3 months ago +1

    This is the beginning of convergence of mobile, tablet, and laptop

  • 64 bit
    64 bit 3 months ago

    A display folding inwards is a lot more technology advanced than a display folding outwards. Although I do agree that the mate x looks more aesthetic.

  • pam oakes
    pam oakes 3 months ago

    Have zero interest in the foldable phones. Why would you want a thick phone with huge bezels just to open it to a larger size? Plastic screen reminds me of that awful droid Verizon had a while back. 🤢

  • Fr0zenKaos
    Fr0zenKaos 3 months ago

    foldable is old tech... just saying ... iphone 6 plus

  • Mohd Noah
    Mohd Noah 3 months ago

    I will use it as an umbrella when it rains

  • Hammad Faro
    Hammad Faro 3 months ago

    Fold it upwards and make it thin, thats it apple do your thing!!

  • Epix Fusion
    Epix Fusion 3 months ago

    yall left out flipphones

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 3 months ago +3

    This is joining curved TVs straight to the tech graveyard.

  • ship another ship
    ship another ship 3 months ago

    You might short-circuit the phone if it comes into contact with bullshit

  • Harlock2day
    Harlock2day 3 months ago

    Good video Vlad the Impaler, I beg your pardon, Savoy. 😉

  • GlL. bb
    GlL. bb 3 months ago +2

    4,6inch??? 17mm??? Samsung just takes us a phone from 10years ago 😂😂😂😂
    I am going to Huawei Mate X

  • mic fak fan
    mic fak fan 3 months ago +1

    You dont see a gap on the galaxy fold xd. They showed a real clip and teaser. And the huawei mate x show a line at the folding point.

  • spiddyman007
    spiddyman007 3 months ago

    I think we need 8x optical zoom. Remember in the 90s and 2000s where everyone had handheld cameras that actually zoomed?? We’ve actually downgraded that technology with phones today.

  • Matthew Lemmers
    Matthew Lemmers 3 months ago

    I don't necessarily think it's a complete gimmick, but yes right now the designs we've been shown haven't been practical. If they have a Motorola phone which is literally a flip phone and a smartphone, I think there would be a huge market for something like that. These giant tablet looking things are just silly. Especially when Apple so clearly owns the market share with their iPad line. Android doesn't make applications really which support that size of display and they've tried before and failed.

  • optimus prime
    optimus prime 3 months ago

    We need tablet that can be fold..only tablet with no phone

  • bewhee
    bewhee 3 months ago

    Apple already tried this with their iPhone Bend. They had zero success. I don't know why you guys keep trying. Hahah.

  • Gerald Laurence Zordilla
    Gerald Laurence Zordilla 3 months ago +1

    Im sorry Huawei is not gapless. There is a crease as well.

    • Vanilla MNa
      Vanilla MNa 3 months ago

      He touched it and felt it, did you?

  • Dtrkshadow
    Dtrkshadow 3 months ago

    This right here is a foldable phone... yeah we’ve got one and its ready to go and it supports overclocking...

  • Papi Grande
    Papi Grande 3 months ago

    The outward folding display of the Mate X is doomed for failure. While it looks better sleeker and cleaner than the Galaxy Fold, you can’t put a screen protector or a case on it and with that plastic screen it’s going to look horrible in 6 months time. I believe Samsung thought this thing through a little more and will only improve on the design over the coming years. Right now it’s too small, too thick, too expensive and missing an s pen.

  • Grand-Theft-Psycho
    Grand-Theft-Psycho 3 months ago

    Thanks for this review it was very helpful not that I'd be able to afford one of these phones lol...

  • トカゲの財団
    トカゲの財団 3 months ago

    Damn chimeraphones

  • daily8150
    daily8150 3 months ago

    Terrible choice of background music

  • matt k
    matt k 3 months ago

    I have a job and do work, so folding the phone outwards where I can break two screens in my pocket simply wont work. Samsung is so much farther then the rest

  • kofi junior
    kofi junior 3 months ago

    maybe just a bit of gratitude that we are the generation able to experience this is good enough.

  • Rob Senner
    Rob Senner 3 months ago

    4k pls

  • Randy Marklowitz
    Randy Marklowitz 3 months ago

    You referred to the Huawei Mate X has the potential to be great, but you didn't talk about how the screen will get scratched and possibly broke if it is dropped. All you are worried about is the gap and no gap.

  • Tanmoy Bag
    Tanmoy Bag 3 months ago

    Huawei rocks

  • Eric Sharp
    Eric Sharp 3 months ago

    There's nothing exciting about this.

  • Patrick O'Hara
    Patrick O'Hara 3 months ago +1

    Foldable plastic screen wrapping around the outside of the phone=scratchgate. Calling it now

  • Jerry N.
    Jerry N. 3 months ago

    I feel like these won't reeeeeeaaally be good until 5 years from now, but they seem cool.

  • BangGangEiskalt
    BangGangEiskalt 3 months ago

    I would unfold my phone to watch this video

  • Erik and Cassie Lando
    Erik and Cassie Lando 3 months ago

    Honestly I'm not sure how you can look at the Galaxy Fold and not see how it's the best solution. The Huawei is nice looking but the whole point of these devices in my opinion is to have a smaller profile device when you want and to be able to expand the experience. The Huawei is huge.
    Let's talk about the fact that it's the only foldable device out of the 3 or 4 out there that looks finished and premium. The others look cheap and gimmicky even though they are more expensive.
    Now price. $1980 12gbs of Ram and 512 GB of storage. More cameras than anyone could ask for wireless charging etc the box is a Kevlar Case worth in the $40-$60 more than likely based on other Samsung cases and a pair of Galaxy buds which is $130 value so nearly $200 in accessories included in the box.
    So now it's around $1700 maybe a little less. All that and I can rest my phone on the table without exposing my expensive foldable display to unnecessary scratches.
    Wasn't really a fan how you lumped the Fold with the flexpai like they are even comparable.
    Just my 2 cents that no one asked for.

  • awychoi
    awychoi 3 months ago

    The mate x will surely have a bump no? It needs to bend around the thickness of the shell when closed.

  • Yan Sam
    Yan Sam 3 months ago

    5G vs 4G, thats the point.

  • Fish King
    Fish King 3 months ago

    You know the hawei is 2200$

  • albert gonzales
    albert gonzales 3 months ago +2

    Xiaomi will unveil its cheaper version I hope😋😋😋

  • albert gonzales
    albert gonzales 3 months ago

    I hope they make it cheaper..

  • STAYlow
    STAYlow 3 months ago

    I totally agree, folding phones are 'what's next' in the smartphone world. We're long overdue for a fresh concept, the "slab" is getting old.

  • abdul chairy
    abdul chairy 3 months ago

    I think they better it in tablet category. Because of its size. So it’s a foldable tablet

  • Russell Barnes
    Russell Barnes 3 months ago

    Need some help. Mate x cannot be sold in the U.S. is that true if so that's a market they cannot get to.

  • alvfrmsh
    alvfrmsh 3 months ago +2

    what about the screen protector, how do you fold a tempered glass protector?

  • Felipe A.
    Felipe A. 3 months ago

    Those foldable phones were all boring to me, untill I saw Huawei Mate X. All the rest looks horrible, like they are prototypes

  • Mira Krm
    Mira Krm 3 months ago

    For some reason, I miss my Blackberry Passeport after watching all these fold phones.

  • Jack Guo
    Jack Guo 3 months ago

    I wish I could've unfolded my 5 inch screen to watch this video.

  • Poul Carstens
    Poul Carstens 3 months ago

    We need a form factor that doesn’t open to a sqaure, but a more video-friendly format

  • Nathan Colin
    Nathan Colin 3 months ago

    If I understand the tech correctly it's means a solution to cracked screens. Forget about the folding that's enough for me

  • N Afzal
    N Afzal 3 months ago

    Unfortunately android apps generally don’t make use of the tablet size the way iPad apps do

  • Jimmy G
    Jimmy G 3 months ago

    Just a foldable smart watch please.

  • M4XT0N
    M4XT0N 3 months ago

    have fun getting a case for them...

  • Jacob Dongon
    Jacob Dongon 3 months ago

    Energizer did it better than Samsung, and it has lifetime warranty too for half the price.

  • Rererro Muzzi
    Rererro Muzzi 3 months ago +22

    Huawei + screen protector = acceptable design.
    Meanwhile nothing can save Samsung's tiny screen, side notch and 17mm brick design.

  • Lance Burley
    Lance Burley 3 months ago

    Phone makers honestly need to bring back phones with keyboards.........I don't know why they stopped.....can you imagine a touch screen sidekick !!!!

  • Mechforce-USA
    Mechforce-USA 3 months ago

    What does Apple doing right now? Dual Sims?

  • Nick Wey
    Nick Wey 3 months ago

    the best part of a foldable phone is you can finnally get a full screen phone with no compromise, not the case for galaxy fold...

  • Ishaan Kumar
    Ishaan Kumar 3 months ago

    Negative comment.

  • Orbit
    Orbit 3 months ago

    Good skillz. Finally some useful info and hands-on feedback. All the others go on about price. It's 1st gen new tech...

  • jon smith
    jon smith 3 months ago

    i think inwards-folding and outwards-folding types are going to coexist
    both has it's merits and flaws, and different people prioritize different features
    but samsung and boe is the only company that can mass-produce folding amoled displays, and still boe cant come even close to samsung's scale of production and quality. samsung makes amoled displays for pretty much every flagship smartphones including their own galaxy series
    samsung's folding display can fold at a greater degree than boe's, so samsung weny with infolding phone, so apple might make their phones infold as well cause they're gonna buy the displays from samsung
    boe's production speed can't match apple's requirement anyway

  • Codrut Daniel
    Codrut Daniel 3 months ago +1

    Is nobody thinking how easly the display will scratch? especially if they have plastic protection. Plus u won't be able to use a screen protector on those.

  • Max Youshimatz
    Max Youshimatz 3 months ago +2

    Huawei's productos seems far superior than Samsung's foldable. I hope Samsung can catch up because Huawei doesn't phones in the US.

  • great anas
    great anas 3 months ago

    You miss the fourt product bruv, by nubia.

  • Nathan Pham
    Nathan Pham 3 months ago

    flip phones

  • Marioboi259
    Marioboi259 3 months ago

    ''foldable screens'' OLED WAS FOLDABLE FOR YEARS

  • Marc Lim
    Marc Lim 3 months ago

    The presenter isn't up to standards for "Verge." Anyway, this video is very premature since the predominate players have really put their foldable out in the market. From this early look however, it seems to me the Samsung will be likely the most durable with no folded screen exposed when folded.

  • King Cinnamon
    King Cinnamon 3 months ago

    How would a case work?

  • maples liu
    maples liu 3 months ago

    It can foldable,But,you can’t affordable!

  • he man
    he man 3 months ago +1

    huawei is better....

  • Jesstoni Santiago
    Jesstoni Santiago 3 months ago

    Everyone's in favor of huawei now since no one has yet to do a hands on review on the galaxy fold hahaha

  • Joe The Space Guy
    Joe The Space Guy 3 months ago +4

    Foldable phones are the stupidest idea ever. I will never buy one.

  • Wong Tik Ki
    Wong Tik Ki 3 months ago

    Just imagine what apple can do to perfect this kind of tech. Remember, apple never invent anything, but it implement existing tech better than anyone. And don't forget the ipad. If there is anything that can utilize the big screen most effectively right now in the market, it will be an iphone which fold open to become an ipad.

  • Finbar Berkon
    Finbar Berkon 3 months ago

    This guy is great! Dieter used to be the only presenter from the Verge that I’d watch, but now there are two.

  • Shahrier Nabil
    Shahrier Nabil 3 months ago +8

    foldable screens are plastic. so they need to be protected in the pocket. thats why i like Samsungs approach.

  • Jerry Neutron
    Jerry Neutron 3 months ago

    Cool concept but I don't want a folded Fire tablet in my pocket. I'll wait for the third or so iteration

  • basdfgwe
    basdfgwe 3 months ago

    If the Samsung note is a foldable phone with an Spen in a hwawei design.... Then take my freaking mortgage!!!

  • Arjay Arceo
    Arjay Arceo 3 months ago


  • Anand Singh
    Anand Singh 3 months ago +1

    Every phone is a foldable phone if you're strong enough.

    • Nathan Lewis
      Nathan Lewis 3 months ago

      It has to still work afterwards to be foldable.

    • jeff pentagon
      jeff pentagon 3 months ago

      Lol technically though, it's breakable not foldable.

  • nothing human
    nothing human 3 months ago

    I'll for at least the third gen before considering

  • munesw
    munesw 3 months ago

    u forgot lg g flex

  • Nikola Prolić
    Nikola Prolić 3 months ago +2

    But *WHY* do we need this type of phone??

    • Stardust Yusei
      Stardust Yusei 3 months ago

      Portable tablet that can put in your pocket.

    • lasest2
      lasest2 3 months ago

      This is like people constantly asking "Why do we need 5 inch screen smartphone?" in 2012. It combines phone and tablet- perfect for work/education/entertainment environments. In 2012 few people watched TheXvid on smartphones, now it is a norm.

    • Not racist but
      Not racist but 3 months ago

      Why not

    • Anvit
      Anvit 3 months ago


  • Re Pe
    Re Pe 3 months ago +2

    Not really interested in them, a crazy price for an extra few inches but huge questions on how long they will last