Foldable phones are in now. The big companies have them all ready, and it seems the smaller ones are getting in on the action too. Case in point, it's been revealed that Nokia might have a foldable device ready before the end of the year. The same Nokia that's positioned itself as a budget/mid-range seller over the past few years. In other words, either Nokia is shifting its business strategies somewhat, or we might be getting a 'budget' foldable.
I say 'budget' like that because there's no way in hell that a foldable will be actually cheap at this point in time. It can only be cheaper than the competition, and considering the cheapest foldable you can buy is the £1900 Samsung Galaxy Fold, that's not that difficult. And yes I'm including the Razr in there, but for some reason we don't seem to be able to order that SIM free yet.
Then again, this leak could be nonsense – because until we hear an official announcement we can never know for sure. In any case, a "reliable source" speaking to Nokiamob claims that the phone will be ready by the end of this year or the start of 2021. Unfortunately that's about all the information that's revealed, and we don't know what sort of foldable device might be on the way.
Most companies have opted to create different designs to make themselves stand out, but the number of iterations must be running out quite quickly. After fold-in, fold-out, and the flip phone-style, how many more are there? I can't see Nokia doing anything too extravagant. But who knows, maybe they'll surprise us with some sort of weird folding monstrosity that costs under a grand.
Perhaps we'll see more at MWC, which is set to kick off at the end of next month. Here's hoping it's legit, because a Nokia foldable would be something a lot of people could get behind.