Huawei might be preparing its own Motorola Razr competitor

Huawei might be preparing its own Motorola Razr competitor
The Motorola Razr is currently the only foldable smartphone of its kind but pretty soon it’ll face some tough competition. Samsung recently confirmed that it’s working on a clamshell-like product and a new patent suggest Huawei is doing the same thing.

Indicating the company is going for a much more modern look, the device described features a rather tall display paired with extremely thin and uniform bezels up front. The phone doesn’t feature any kind of punch hole or notch which could mean Huawei is planning to use in-screen technology to conceal the front-facing selfie cameras.

The back of Huawei’s device borrows a setup that’s similar to some of its most recent P-branded flagships. It boasts a vertical module positioned in the top-left corner that’s home to three unspecified sensors, an LED flash, and what could be a fourth periscope-like camera for improved optical zoom. 

Today’s envisioned foldable also features a volume rocker and power key on the right side and a specially designed hinge. The details of this mechanism are unknown at the moment but Motorola’s alternative successfully avoids any sort of crease in the display, so perhaps Huawei’s one will too. 

As with any design patent, there’s no guarantee Huawei will ever release a smartphone that looks like this one. Nevertheless, it’s still indicative of what the company is researching internally and if such a phone is ever produced, it could make its international debut at MWC 2020 in late February, exactly one year after the Mate X was unveiled.

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20 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Now that Huawei amd Samsung are realizing the "tablet wannabe" failure fails, they are going to do this style.

2. MsPooks

Posts: 234; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"Failure fails?" What planet are you on? Both the Fold and MateX sell out in seconds every time they're sold. And if you've missed the patent reveals for the last couple of years, Samsung and Huawei were already planning on this style. You need to read PhoneArena more often, so you don't keep missing important news.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Why they got so much delayed? Both were announced in february. Just wait until screen issues start again. Also they are too big to be phone, too small to be tablet.

4. MsPooks

Posts: 234; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

So, your argument is that they were delayed several months, yet they're STILL selling out in seconds, so they're...failures? Again: what planet are you on? Serious question.

6. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

Just curious, are you considering buying any one of the foldable phones?

7. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Why would you want to pay 3 times the price for a smaller screen razr with a big chin?

8. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

So far the Fold and Mate X don't seem like failure. Not sure where have you been all this time.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

If this materializes into an actual smartphone, it’s further proof that foldable smartphones may just become the next big thing as smartphone OEM’s are looking to differentiate themselves from the same old boring slab design. This isn’t a gimmick, as some have suggested. And with the way that consumers are buying up foldable phones Huawei and Samsung, it’s proof that they are eager for something different.

18. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

"OEM’s are looking to differentiate themselves" Maybe other OEMs, but not Huawei. I'm not suggesting that it is a gimmick. I'm flat out saying that it is.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except Huawei is differentiating itself with this form factor, while others like Google are sticking to the same old tired form factor. And just because you say it’s a gimmick, doesn’t mean it is. Things don’t work like that.

9. gigicoaste

Posts: 461; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Great! Is the most stupid thing to restrict a device to a specific carrier! Glad they go into yhis design and I don't need Verizon to have a similar phone.

10. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Or is it Huawei about to copy Motorola with their own Razr device? This is why I said imitation, not innovation. Not that folding phone is innovative to begin with. It's still just a gimmick.

11. dimas

Posts: 3414; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I bet huawei will release an imitation then add 2 sliders how samsung and others are "copying" their folding technology. Even their p series gradient back came from old samsung designs, they just recycled it.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

Using your logic, Apple was right and Samsung copied off of them.

16. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I know right? Funny thing is that I actually mentioned that awhile back and someone got mad because I said Huawei was copying the competition again.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

Using your logic, Google is copying Apple. Oh wait, Google is copying Apple, my bad.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

First off, you can’t say it’s an imitation and then say it’s an innovation. Things just don’t work like that, so you’ve already contradicted yourself. Second, how is it copying if you have your own IP to make the device? Using that logic, everyone that made a slab smartphone copied off of the first OEM to ever make a slab smartphone.

17. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't contradict myself at all. What are you talking about? I think you might want to read my comment again. I mean Huawei is copying. I don't know how else to say it.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei has their own patents for their foldable smartphone, so no, they aren’t copying. You might want to review the IP involved by all parties making foldable smartphones. But if we are going to talk about copying, then one must mention Google copying Apple work it’s Pixel line.

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