Back in January, a report surfaced that Nokia is planning to announce a foldable smartphone by the end of 2020. Well, it seems like that information was accurate, and the plans are unchanged.
Nokia is still planning to release a foldable smartphone, we just don't know when
The current global health crisis may have impacted the company's plans to some degree, but it didn't kill off the idea of Nokia's foldable phone. We just don't know if it will launch this year, or not.
The company was rumored to release such a phone by the end of this year, but that may not happen. The company may wait until MWC 2021 in order to release it, or something like that.
That's just a wild guess at this point, though, as no information surfaced. We still don't have any specific information on this device either. Its design and features remain a mystery.
We did not see many foldable smartphones in the market thus far. Royole introduced its offering, along with Samsung and Huawei who launched two each. Motorola also launched one foldable handset. All of those devices are quite different, actually.
The Royole FlexPai arrived first, and it was followed by the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, Mate Xs, Galaxy Z Flip, and Motorola Razr. It remains to be seen what approach will Nokia take in regard to its foldable phone.
The phone's design and features are still a mystery
The company will go with either an inwards or outwards-folding device. So it will either go in Samsung's direction, or Huawei's. There are a lot of ways it can do that, though, from horizontally-folding, to vertically-folding.
It may include a display on the outside, or it may not… we can guess all we want. The fact to the matter is, we still do not have any information to go on.
We don't even know if it will be a mid-range or a high-end smartphone. HMD Global may look to offer that device at a rather affordable (we use that term loosely) price tag, and in that case, it will probably be a mid-range device.
Motorola actually did something similar with the Razr. Though, truth be said, not a single foldable smartphone in the market is exactly affordable at the moment. They're all extremely expensive due to the tech required to make one.
All in all, Nokia's foldable smartphone is still a mystery. The company will hopefully reveal more information at some point this year, or we may see some leaks of the device.