Huawei has a "working" foldable phone, could release it next year


Huawei, which recently announced the interesting Mate 10 smartphone series, has exciting plans for the next few years. According to Cnet, the company is working on a foldable phone that could be released as early as 2018 - perhaps at about the same time with Samsung's long-rumored Galaxy X foldable phone.



 



Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed to Cnet that the company actually has a "working sample" of its upcoming foldable handset. However, the device needs improvements related to mechanical design, plus "better, more flexible screen technology" in order to become a product that's ready to hit the market.



 



ZTE (one of Huawei's domestic and international rivals) already unveiled a foldable smartphone - the Axon M, which will be released via AT&T in the coming months. The problem with the ZTE Axon M is that, when its two displays are joined to form a single, large 6.75-inch screen, there's a significant gap in the middle. Samsung's upcoming phone shouldn't have a gap at all (as it's expected to sport a single foldable display), and Huawei hopes its own handset won't have that, either.



 



According to Richard Yu, in its current form, the foldable Huawei handset packs two screens with a "small gap" between them. "That's not good", says Yu, "and we should get rid of that gap."



 



For now, there are no other details about Huawei's first foldable phone. But, if the company manages to solve all current issues, the device could very well be at the forefront of smartphone innovation in the immediate future. Or maybe not? We'll just have to wait and see.


P.S.: Pictured above is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.


source: Cnet 

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17 Comments

1. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Huawei is becoming more and more big. I remember 3, 4 years ago they where not as big as now, they did not have such an amazing smart phones as now. I think Huawei phones are now better than Sony phones(not in every aspect tough). This is coming from a Sony user anyway.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They already sit at 3rd place smartphone market share since 2012https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2665715 And they sit at 6th place when nokia is the kinghttps://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1924314

9. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

We have heard about them back even in for example 2011. What I am saying is that their quality was improved a lot. Their phones are much more reliable. I remember back in 2014 I was going to a mobile phone shop, and the guy there told me not to buy a Huawei, nor any other cheap devices. I was kinda shocked, since that guy who was working there said this to me. Nowadays we have some good quality Huawei devices. If I ask somebody who has one, it will tell me it works good. :)

11. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've had 3 so far. Mate2 Mate8 Mate9 It was "a joke" when I ordered the Mate2, while waiting for the "invite" for the OnePlus One. About a week after I got the Mate2, the invite for the one came. Got it, played around with it, but the LARGER screen, LONGER battery life of the Mate2 won me over. Using Nova Launcher, it was perfect. Got the 8 and loved it and when the 10 came out, the price on the 9 dropped, so I picked it up. Except for security patches, it makes no difference to me which OS is on it. It's so darn stable, I don't care.

13. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What can you say about those weird earphones? I have heard those are NOT comfortable. I am asking this, because I may buy the Mate 10 Pro, which comes with those weird looking earphones.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They are big before they make phones. They're the best OEMs for modems and routers, still now.

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

An article to try and take something away from Samsung. They have said they have a working phone with TWO screens and a gap between the screen. Can't see this being released in the next year

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung copy Huawei, just deal with it. /s

8. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

No, Samsung is not copying Huawei when it comes about foldable devices. Samsung had a prototype since 2012!

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You apparently missed thw /s tag at the end of his comment. He's just being sarcastic in saying Samsung is copying Huawei in the foldable phone tech.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I seriously doubt Huawei can pull this off before Samsung does.

6. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Huawei is going to do the same thing they did when the rumour mill went crazy about the iPhone 3dTouch. Remember a week before the iPhone 6s introduction, how they had a quick demo of barely working S-touch just to say they introduce it first. All those oem's have inferiority complex, they want people to think they are innovative. Problem is, none of them can do or create an OS. Without Google providing Android, they would be dead in the water.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple is the only company that keeps technology relevant or what consumers value. If Samsung or Huawei introduce a foldable phone many people won’t see much value, but only another phone that folds.

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-tipped-to-use-LG-as-a-foldable-iPhone-supplier-since-Samsung-may-leak-the-design_id98817 If Samsung or Huawei introduce a foldable phone many people won’t see much value, but only another phone that folds. Will you say same if Apple launches the same foldable display phone?

15. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apple probably won't adopt a new design until 2020, so it gives Samsung, Huawei and others to perfect the tech for it.

16. Chrisubuntu

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

Currently using the mate 8. Will never buy a Huawei phone until they remove their "battery optimizations"

17. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The blue device looks a lot like the Note 7

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