External screen size could be the next battlefield for foldable flip phones


Upcoming folding flip phones from Samsung and Motorola could have much larger covers than the current generation, if a series of leaks about the unannounced devices are to be believed.

First up is the Galaxy Z Flip 5, which Samsung is expected to announce this summer. Leaker Ice Universe, who has been a trusted source of information about unannounced Samsung devices in the past, recently tweeted to “say with certainty” that Samsung’s next flip phone will have a larger external screen than the Oppo Find N2 Flip. For reference, Oppo’s flip phone has a 3.26-inch flip screen, which is already significantly larger than the Z Flip 4’s 1.9-inch screen.

That fits with a prediction of show supply chain analyst Ross Youngwho predicted last year that we’d see a fold-over screen of more than 3 inches on the Z Flip 5. Young also expects Samsung to use a new hinge design for the forthcoming foldable card that should reduce the visibility of the screen fold.

Meanwhile, Motorola Also increase the size of the cover display for the next generation Razr. Leaker Evan Blass shared renders of an unnamed device where almost the entire back panel of the phone is covered by a secondary display. While Blass’ tweet doesn’t directly name the device, the images match a recent report on the 2023 Motorola Razr published by The technical outlook. An exact size for this cover display was not stated, but it looks much larger than the 2.7-inch cover display on the 2022 model, which was released in China and selected in other markets, but never made it to the US.

As we saw with the Oppo Find N2 Flip, as well as larger foldable devices like Samsung’s Z Fold handsets, a larger screen on the cover opens the door for the phone to do more without unfolding it, whether that’s to check the weather, set a timer, or activate a quick response to an incoming message (as long as the phone’s software supports it). But it’s also crazy to remember that the iPhone’s original screen was 3.5 inches, meaning foldable devices could soon have secondary screens that rival the size of the primary screens on early smartphones – albeit in a different way. aspect ratio.


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