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Lenovo Is Leading The Foldable Smartphone Race, For Now

Remember those bend tests YouTubers were doing when the iPhone 6 first came out? Well, here’s a phone that’ll pass that test with flying colours.

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Foldable phones have been a few years in the making, with Samsung announcing their new, flexible touch AMOLED display in 2011 and a foldable phone concept in 2014. Samsung isn’t the only one trying to get a foldable phone out. Huawei is also developing a foldable phone. Both are racing to be the first to release a foldable phone to the market, with reports that Samsung may release the phone later in 2018 and Huawei sometime in early 2019.

Both these phones have a similar concept: a smartphone-sized device that can then fold out to a small-tablet-sized device. The screen would fold into itself.

Lenovo’s device looks a little bit different. Instead of the device folding in, it folds out. One of the problems of these flexible screens is that they can’t fold flat like paper. There’s always a bit of a gap between the folded screen. Instead of trying to minimise that, it looks like Lenovo is turning it into a feature, with the screen facing out once it’s folded. So, perhaps, you might be able to wear it around the wrist instead of keeping it in the pocket.

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The phone looks to be fully functional, too, with the touchscreen properly working. The phone folds back into a weird angle instead of completely flat and there’s a noticeable black spot in the middle of the hinge, but it works! Lenovo previously revealed their foldable phone concept in 2016, but those were prototypes that didn’t really work as a phone, just to show that a flexible display device is theoretically possible. But the device in the short video above almost looks like it’s consumer ready.

There are also a lot of companies working on a flexible device, but it looks like Lenovo might be the first one to get one out on the market. Is a foldable phone just a gimmick, or will it truly change the landscape of smartphones? Only time will tell.

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