London — I have good news for former flip phone owners who are nostalgic for that satisfying feeling they have missed for the last decade: the snap is back.  Foldable smartphones are finally here and they promise to join the Zippo lighter, Moto Razr and Apple’s AirPods case in the pantheon of fidgetable products.  When the first foldable phones from Huawei and Samsung were unveiled earlier 2019, the timing seemed almost too perfect. Smartphone sales fell for the first time last year, as the differences between designs became ever harder to discern. Every phonemaker is desperate to find something new that makes them stand out.  Yet it is apparent from handling Samsung’s Galaxy Fold that this was not a rush job, bodged together to generate a bit of extra press. Yes, it is wildly expensive at $1,980 and no, it probably will not sell in huge numbers. But it builds on more than a decade of Samsung R&D work, including the first peeks at its flexible display technology at the Consumer Elec...

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