Huawei admits half of its flagships could sport foldable displays by 2021

Huawei admits half of its flagships could sport foldable displays by 2021
The Huawei Mate X

Huawei is betting pretty heavily on foldable smartphones and in a recent interview the CEO of the company’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, revealed Huawei’s short-term expectations for the new device format.

Because the foldable segment is so new, Huawei’s primary focus at the moment is the recently-announced Mate X, which will go on sale in June. This device, as the company openly admits, is rather expensive but as foldable devices start to gain traction Huawei expects pricing to begin falling. In fact, in just two years' time, Huawei’s foldable flagships should cost no more than regular smartphones.

This gradual drop in price will also result in Huawei bringing more devices to the market and, by 2021, half of the smartphone giant's flagship offerings could sport foldable displays, with one of these being a compact device that’s smaller than both the Huawei Mate X and Huawei P30 Pro.

Obviously, foldable devices will become increasingly more important to Huawei in the years to come. The company does, however, recognize that not everyone will be interested in the new format and that some will prefer traditional smartphones. This would suggest that regular devices, like the ones in our hands today, will be sticking around for quite some time and are under no threat at the moment.

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8 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Huawei already moving ahead of everyone else. Their first gen foldable display is already better designed than Samsung's display. Samsung better keep up, cause Huawei could overtake them in the next 2 years if they don't offer an innovative product that works great customers will like.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I don’t think Huawei’s first foldable display is any better than Samsung display. Btw it’s BoE’s display not Huawei’s. Also, time will tell whose foldable phones will be better. Samsung could actually ship the phone to the market while Huawei just made a prototype to get some recognition.

4. shm224

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@Tziggy14: that's a wishful thinking by nationalistic Chinese. Huawei's foldable phones in 2012 would also be using Samsung's displays. BOE is busy stealing Samsung's tech, but they still can't even keep up with Samsung AMOLED and is at least 2-3 generations behind.

5. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It was a Samsung employee that stole the designs and touted it around to Chinese screen makers. BOE didn't steal anything.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2068; Member since: May 26, 2011

So if you buy a stolen property, it's not stolen anymore?

7. frequency

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Then you have to know if it's stolen property or not? For example, i always buy AAA batteries in a grocery store, but do i have to know where he got from? As a customer, i don't give a s**t

8. frequency

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Whoever concern this stolen thing, i personal believed you a spy from South Korean. How much does Sammy pay you? i'm very curious.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good luck at over $2k per unit.

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