07 February 2020
The foldable display technology that first seemed impractical is slowly getting adapted by the smartphone makers. And, the need to jump in the wagon becomes more pronounced when some leading players like Samsung and Huawei start the trend and are even ready to bring their next to the market.
Motorola has already showcased its take on the foldable smartphones by re-imagining the iconic Moto Razr phone. And, now the new name to join here is apparently Nokia or HMD Global for Nokia phones.
Nokiamob tech site that covers mainly stuff related to Nokia cites a seemingly reliable source Nokia anew and reports that a Nokia phone with a foldable display is ready and it may get launched later this year. In a reply to the tweet made, the tipster claims the first prototype was already ready in the first half of 2019. Nothing else has emerged yet about this probable foldable device from Nokia, nor do we know what kind of form factor this device could feature.
But what we know is that HMD Global is not innovating much and seeing it joining the wagon of foldable devices raises questions. The last major innovation done by the company’s R&D was the Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras. Despite the company’s somewhat refreshed approach, Nokia 9 couldn’t achieve much success. Timely, Nokia’s past phones from the Lumia series are compared with what Nokia is doing currently. But this doesn’t hinder the company from progressing. It is bringing new Android phones and aims to achieve big by sustaining in the market with its strong commitment.
Speaking of its dedication, it is already rumored to bring the successor called the Nokia 9.2 PureView that could come with the newer Snapdragon 865 processor.
Back in 2017, it came to notice that Nokia has been granted a patent for "Foldable device" by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent showed a pocket-sized smartphone with a relatively large display. Note that this patent doesn't come as proof that Nokia's rumored foldable phone will feature this form factor. Also, the company must be having more patents around which haven't come to notice until now. We look forward to learning more about this speculated Nokia foldable device.
Nokia phones have been offering vanilla Android experience at somewhat better prices. And, this has somewhat become the company’s forte as well. Launching a foldable display phone may give an edge to the company to regain the limelight it requires the most.