Motorola was targeted summer launch date for its first foldable phone and missed; however, the company still plans to announce its device by the end of the year, a person closes to the company informed the news channel. It is not clear when the device will hit store shelves; however, the press and public at the least will see the phone in 2019, making Motorola the latest handset maker to jump into the market for foldable.
The device will follow Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which hit shelves in the US on Friday, and possibly Huawei’s Mate X, which hasn’t but gone on sale.
Foldables are being developed in a wide range of shapes and designs. One thing all of them appear to have in common, however, is delayed launch dates. Samsung and Huawei both missed their initial sales plans.
Motorola, a unit of Chinese consumer electronics giant Lenovo, has been engaged in a secretive foldable phone that is believed to be reviving the Razr model. Not like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X, which fold outward from phones into tablets, Motorola’s foldable is anticipated to fold inward like its popular Razr flip phones, based on a patent filing from 2017.
Although Samsung and Huawei showed off their devices at events late last year and earlier this year, Motorola has mentioned very little about its foldable. An executive confirmed the device’s existence to Engadget in February and stated Motorola had “no intention of coming later than everyone else available in the market.” news later reported that Motorola planned to introduce the phone over the summer.