Huawei has a "working" foldable phone, could release it next year17
Huawei, which recently announced the interesting Mate 10smartphone series, has exciting plans for the next few years. According toCnet, the company is working on a foldable phone that could be released asearly as 2018 - perhaps at about the same time with Samsung's long-rumored Galaxy Xfoldablephone.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed to Cnet that the companyactually has a "working sample" of its upcoming foldable handset. However,the device needs improvements related to mechanical design, plus "better, more flexiblescreen technology" in order to become a product that's ready to hit themarket.
ZTE (one of Huawei's domestic and international rivals)already unveiled a foldable smartphone - the Axon M, which will be released viaAT&T in the coming months. The problem with the ZTE Axon M is that, when itstwo displays are joined to form a single, large 6.75-inch screen, there's a significantgap in the middle. Samsung's upcoming phone shouldn't have a gap at all (as it'sexpected to sport a single foldable display), and Huawei hopes its own handsetwon't have that, either.
According to Richard Yu, in its current form, the foldable Huaweihandset packs two screens with a "small gap" between them. "That'snot good", says Yu, "and we should get rid of that gap."
For now, there are no other details about Huawei's firstfoldable phone. But, if the company manages to solve all current issues, thedevice could very well be at the forefront of smartphone innovation in theimmediate future. Or maybe not? We'll just have to wait and see.
P.S.: Pictured above is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.