2019’s Best Foldable Phones + What To Do With Trade-Ins Of Older Models

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Until recently, foldable cell phones had
been more a figment of future tech imagination than an actual consumer product on
store shelves. But 2019 has changed all that with the expected release of a
number of foldable cell phone models, including popular products from Motorola,
Samsung and Huawei.

It’s a shift in technology design and
manufacturing that many are excited for; benefits of foldable cell phones
include larger screen sizes, the built-in ability to multitask and processing
capabilities that were once reserved only for tablets. If you’re a consumer
products or cell phone retailer, you might be wondering what all the fuss is
about. Here, a breakdown of the three most-anticipated foldable cell phones,
plus a look at what you can do once those trade-ins of older models start
coming your way.

Motorola Razr 2019

With an expected delivery date at the end
of this year, the Motorola Razr 2019 is rumored to be an updated take on the
company’s classic foldable cell phone model—a flip phone, but with a foldable
screen on the inside. According to a report from LetsGoDigital published by
TechRadar.com, the phone is expected to carry a hefty price tag, estimated
around $1,600. Surprisingly, this actually places the Motorola Razr 2019 in a mid-tier
price bracket when compared to other popular foldable cell phones like the
Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X (see below). That’s partly because the Motorola
Razr will likely have a smaller battery and relatively less storage space.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold debuted in April
2019 (though its actual release date is still TBD) with a 7.3-inch screen,
high-end processor, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space. Among the more
highly anticipated foldable cell phone models, it costs approximately $1,980,
but is packed with a triple lens rear camera as well as a high-powered battery
that’s split into two sections. When it comes to apps, Samsung reports that its
foldable Galaxy phone allows you to run up to three apps (or internet browser
windows) side-by-side, making it an ideal option for those who need to
multitask. It features a sleek aesthetic, though still somewhat bulky when
folded, and is projected to be an industry prototype for future foldable cell
phone design.

Huawei Mate X

Open up the Huawei Mate X and you’ll find
yourself working on what is essentially an 8-inch tablet. It’s the most
expensive foldable cell phone on the market (approximately $2,500), and is
originally stocked with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB storage drive. The Huawei Mate
X has a unique design; when folded, its screen is actually on the outside of the device, not tucked away
like other competitor models. Currently, this foldable cell phone is set to hit
the market in November 2019 and, most recently, it was updated with a Kirin 990
chipset in the hopes of future-proofing the phone once it’s on store shelves.

How Retailers Can
Handle The Expected Influx Of Trade-Ins

Once foldable cell
phones reach the market, retailers should anticipate an uptick in the number of
trade-ins of older models as tech aficionados rush to buy the latest and
greatest. A B2B sales channel like the one B-Stock offers can help improve operational efficiency
and pricing for your excess or trade-in devices while offsetting typical risks associated
with selling into the secondary market. 

As the world’s largest
network of B2B marketplaces for returned, overstock, and trade-in mobile
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, B-Stock connects devices from wireless manufacturers,
carriers, dealers, and buyback companies directly to a global base of approved
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across all brands, models, conditions, and quantities are sold monthly. 

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