CNET: Why cheap, simple foldable phones may topple their expensive rivals

Commentary: The future of foldable phones could be affordability, not ridiculous specs and prices.

Motorola Razr 2019 shop
Motorola Razr 2019 shop

Big, expensive foldable phones such as the 7.3-inch Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, which costs $1,980, might be fun to geek out over and interesting to look at.

By Jessica Dolcourt

But they’re not what people want to buy. Instead, it might be the smaller, simpler foldable design that winds up working for more people, at least as the category finds its footing.

For example, the $1,500 foldable Motorola Razr 2019 raised around it a new energy and nostalgia for the simple flip phones of the early 2000s, while the foldable screen also appealed to those with more modern tastes. Then there’s the clamshell design that Samsung teased at its own developer conference in October, which a new rumor suggests cost as little as $850. Beating them both in price is a $350 foldable phone created by the brother of Pablo Escobar, the late Colombian drug kingpin. 

Of his affordable foldable, the Escobar Fold 1, Roberto De Jesús Escobar Gaviria says that the plastic screen “cannot break,” and has specs in keeping with expensive foldables, like a 7.8-inch AMOLED FHD Plus screen, dual 16- and 20-megapixel cameras, and a Snapdragon 8-series processor. More

By Jessica Dolcourt