Dec 23, 2019

Will 2020 break the curse of the folding phone?

Motorola has announced that it is delaying the launch of the new Razr - an updated version of its 2005 hit clamshell phone which boasts a vertical folding screen. It's yet another example of a folding phone with teething problems. While the $1,500 price tag may make it sound like an expensive accessory, the Razr comes in below the two main rivals in the nascent market for folding phones - the Samsung Fold and Huawei Mate X. Samsung postponed the launch of its Fold in April after reviewers reported that their device screens had broken. Xiaomi president Bin Lin showed off a prototype folding phone - but a consumer-ready product has yet to emerge from the Chinese giant. Mr Wood also thinks we will see a whole new tranche of folding devices in the new year - notably at the giant consumer electronics show CES in January, and mobile phone expo MWC in February.

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