Huawei guns to beat Samsung for 'the world's first foldable phone' title in November

Huawei guns to beat Samsung for 'the world's first foldable phone' title in November
While Samsung is twiddling its thumbs, trying to perfect what might be the most challenging development in the smartphone world for the past few years - a foldable handset - Huawei is pressing ahead with a bendy screen sourced by archrival LG, and plans to unveil it in November. This way, the world's third-largest cell phone maker may beat Samsung to the punch, and earn the "world's first" title, as Samsung is said to have scheduled its own foldable device announcement for early next year.

Needless to say, an announcement doesn't mean that the phone will be released soon after, but the same can be said for Samsung's Q1 schedule as well. Apple is also said to be playing around with foldable display prototypes, sourced from LG again, as it is afraid that Samsung might snoop on its product plans otherwise. Huawei's phone is tipped to be of the inward folding variety, as the outward type is trickier to master - something that Samsung has also struggled with. 

As to specs and software that will take advantage of a handset that can crimp over itself, becoming much smaller to carry around when not in use, these remain to be seen... or heard beforehand in the rumor mill. Just to be on the safe side, Huawei might announce a working prototype or engineering sample, and gauge consumer acceptance before it plunges into mass production. Judging from the excellent P20 series it just outed, the company might as well pull off another innovative handset out of the proverbial hat come this fall.

source: ETNews (translated)

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32 Comments

1. S4NDY

Posts: 253; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

i think its Porsche Design branded and cost about 3000$

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1820; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Why can’t all you Samsung fans just think about the bigger picture and be happy the technology is moving along and all that matters is that.

2. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

New is easy, right is hard.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung said they aren't rushing to be first anymore so this is fine

5. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Translate: Samsung is like the fox not reaching the grapes and saying the grapes are sour anyway.

7. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yet Nowei still needs Samsung bendable AMOLED display to make it happen. Not impressed!

8. Pabliell

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

They don't, but Samsung makes the best ones.

4. tiz_meh

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I thought ZTE already did it.

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

the axon M has 2 separate screens... and i believe kyocera had the echo before that

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple worried about Samsung copying their folding screen......hahahahaha. Samsung have WORKING prototypes. What do Apple have?.....drawings?

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1820; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No apple is worried about Samsung copying just about anything it can. Samsung copies Apple or anybody that they seem fit to copy. You have no idea how far any of these projects are along.

15. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dam samsung copies everything and there is not one thing apple copies because they are the best. truly original. apple numba 1

26. Loveneesh

Posts: 441; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

So, you mean that iphones don't copy dual camera tech and full screen 18:9 ratio displays??

28. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

im being sarcastic.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Are you really that stupid. THEY ALL COPY big F-ing deal.

30. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

1. Small bezels = iPhone x copy 2. Amoled display - iPhone x copy 3. Fast charging = iPhone x copy 4. Glass design = iPhone x copy 5. Wireless charging = iPhone8/x copy. Now go back yo your cave.

9. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Don't rush Huawei take your time and make it right.

23. TVMonitor

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

The rumor is that Huawei is trying to put LG's folding screen in its phones, but LG's folding screen is not as mature as Samsung's. The minimum curvature of LG's phone screen is 1R(Samsung's 0.5R), while no one knows if LG's screen can withstand 100,000 foldings. 100K was set as the minimum benchmark for a commercial grade folding phone by Samsung.

11. umaru-chan

Posts: 369; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Huawei is better than Samsung. Their p20 pro is the latest example of good their phone has become. Chinese phone makers are slowly killing Samsung mobile.

13. Chaise unregistered

A bit too slow though, especially considering that China has 20% of the world's population and is nearly 30 times more populated than South Korea. Chinese phone manufacturers are are only now starting to catch up?

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes let's somehow link country population with the rise of brands, maybe that's why India is such a world leader in mobile tech...oh wait.

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes let's somehow link country population with the rise of brands, maybe that's why India is such a world leader in mobile tech...oh wait.

24. TVMonitor

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Huh, what are you smoking?

18. chenski

Posts: 773; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I doubt we will see any of this on shops anytime soon. They need to solve the wear on the screen when you fold it many times everyday before able to mass produce them for consumer use

25. TVMonitor

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

chenski The Galaxy X is definitely launching this Christmas. Industry people were shown the working prototype behind the closed door at the CES 2018. Anyhow, Samsung is said to have hit the 100K fold durability. LG's screen that Huawei's trying to use, not so sure.

20. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Lols! World's first foldable phone? NOKIA 6170 was a foldable phone released in 2004. https://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_6170-812.php

27. Loveneesh

Posts: 441; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

For God sake please, Foldable screen phone moron not foldable phone.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You can always tell when they don't read the article, lmao

21. Fred3

Posts: 557; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Seems they have a vendetta out for Samsung

22. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Why can’t all you Apple fans just think about the bigger picture and be happy the technology is moving along and all that matters is that.

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