Horizontal vs vertical: the foldable war begins

Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold revolutionized foldable devices. Screenshot: Samsung

Samsung’s release of the Galaxy Fold reimagined the way popular foldable phones work. Rather than a screen opening upwards as an extension from the device, it opens like a book, with the whole front screen remaining intact.

More than just a phone

With the fold vertically lined, users are to enhance their phone and double it up as a tablet. The release of the Huawei Mate X in China further expands on Samsung’s design, but with a larger screen.

Now, the new 2019 edition of the Motorola Razr offers a great alternative within the folding mobile industry. Rather than a phone folding out to reveal a larger, tablet-like device, the fold is horizontal so it flips up like a standard classic flip phone. However, it opens to reveal an extended display, with a near-invisible crease.

The Razr held dominance within the mobile phone market in the middle of the previous decade with its sleek flip design. However, the arrival of smart devices meant that flip phones went out of fashion. Now, these companies have found a way to combine the innovations for a new generation of phones.

Huawei Mate X
The Huawei Mate X furthers the foldable experience by opening up for a full tablet experience. Screenshot: Huawei

On display

For those wanting a phone that offers them a simple experience but with a modernized approach, this horizontal design may be more preferred. It doesn’t take up much space, even when opened and can be handy to view media with its extended display. However, for those wanting an enhanced visual experience or want to use their phones for more technical aspects such as those who design, they may prefer the vertical folding phones.

Motorola has included a secondary display for the Razr. This helps owners avoid opening the phone for small tasks like checking notifications or controlling music. Although, the secondary display ability is limited compared with the Fold, which allows for full use before opening.

Gadgets 360 reports that the Mate X only has one display, which folds over to face the user when closed, allowing for full use when closed. Huawei’s 8-inch screen also gives a glamorous 2200×2480 pixel OLED display. This stands tall over the Razr’s 6.2-inch 876×2142 pixels pOLED primary display and the Fold’s 7.3-inch 1536×2152 pixel Dynamic AMOLED primary display.

Motorola Razr
The Motorola Razr is making a comeback after its prominence over a decade ago. Screenshot: Motorola

Other aspects

When it comes to cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has three camera setups. This includes a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera.

Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate X features a quad camera setup. This consists of an overpowering 40-megapixel main camera a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a time-of-flight sensor. Whereas the Razr holds a single 16-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

Motorola Razr release
How the Razr looks when fully unfolded. Image: Motorola

The price factor also needs to be considered when it comes to these Android devices. The Galaxy Fold retails at $1,980 in the US. Additionally, will be priced at CNY 16,999 in China, which is a hefty $2425.00 at today’s exchange rate. On the other hand, the Razr will carry a price tag of $1,499.99, making it the least expensive option.

Still early days

Ultimately, it is clear that the leading vertical fold devices are pushing the limits with their capabilities. They are determined to become an all-encompassing tool, changing the way that mobile phones behave.

However, next-generation horizontal phones such as the Razr is currently content in being used for their primary purpose as a modern smartphone. The price tag also reflects the capabilities of each device.

We will continue to see further innovations when it comes to these foldable devices. We will also undoubtedly see horizontal folds further develop into becoming a competition against the cream of the crop vertical folds.

How do you think horizontal fold phones stand up against vertical fold phones? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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