Huawei's foldable phone may beat the Samsung Galaxy Fold right out of the gate

Huawei's foldable phone may beat the Samsung Galaxy Fold right out of the gate
While Samsung has been teasing us with a flexible phone for over a year, we’ve recently also started to head about other manufacturers dabbling in the futuristic tech. For one, Xiaomi straight up showed us footage of a foldable prototype phone, and Huawei has also been vocal about wanting to join in on the fun.

A week ago, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO — Richard Yu — straight up confirmed that the company will be showing off its own foldable smartphone on this year’s MWC (in the last week of February!). This would directly compete with Samsung’s long-awaited reveal of its own Galaxy Fold.

If you needed any more confirmation — Huawei just threw its hat into the ring. The company posted an official to its pre-MWC event on its Twitter profile:



Interesting thing in this picture:

It depicts a phone that folds with its display outwards



When it comes to foldable phones, we’ve got two options — either have a device that folds in on the display, kind of like a notebook, or have one that folds outwards, basically having the display cover the front and back of the phone, wrapping around the side.

Tech pundits and fans alike are much more excited for the latter option since it would allow for a much cleaner device that could potentially have a dual screen mode with new ways to interact by tapping on the back, or simply flipping the folded phone around.

Reports say that Samsung did want to make a phone that folds outwards, but was unable to get it ready for this year. Reason being that outwards folds put a lot of strain on the display, as it needs to stretch multiple times right at the point of the bend. This creates durability concerns.

So, instead, Samsung has chosen to go with a device that folds in, like a notebook, and has another display on its outer shell, which allows you to use it as a regular handset when it is folded. Even the prototype, which Samsung teased us with at its Developer Conference, 3 months ago had this exact design.



Is Huawei ahead in the game?


The tweeted image clearly shows us a phone that folds with its display outwards. Basically, Huawei is low-key throwing shade at the competition.

Of course, this could be just an announcement and a demo. The phone itself may take months or maybe a year to release. We’ve seen this before — manufacturers that don’t want to stay out of the game for too long will announce a device that’s nowhere near ready for mass production, but they just need to let their fans know that it’s coming. Apple, for example, announced the Apple Watch six whole months before it was ready to sell it. The company just knew it was a bit behind on the wearable market and needed to let its customers know that something is coming.

And, if Huawei does actually release its foldable phone in the first half of this year, we would be:
  • Extremely impressed
  • Very curious to know if it’s durable enough to survive a couple thousand folds / unfols

In any case, our excitement for this year's MWC just went from 11 to 12! Of course, we will be there to cover these futuristic jewels first-hand.

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26 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung foldable phone appeared in an AD , check it out , its AMAZING!

2. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

A lot of conceptional stuff appeared in that ad. Like the Samsung Ultrasound Scanner. Don't take it at face value.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Still waiting for apple’s foldable phone. Gonna get one for sure without doubt.

5. Gryffin

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

They already have folding tablet

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, they also had a foldable phone already, lol

9. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@peaceboy apple foldable? Apple can't even increase the ram and battery capacity for years. Wait 'til 2030 when all of us here already got tired of foldables.

10. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Why do you want more RAM for iPhone when its 4GB of RAM keeps just as many apps as an Android phone with 10GB of RAM does in the background?

12. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Because they said same thing on iphone 5s and now its lagging?

17. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@aruminiumaian let's see: apps are getting bigger on every update which means more features that will eat ram, cpus are getting faster and small rams can give bottle neck effect, games are going 64bit all the way which means more taxing to gpu and ram is there to assist in loading, you need more allowance ram for upcoming apps that you will download, or maybe 4gb ram should say goodbye to $1000 gadgets because ram is getting cheaper and it's a shame if they're still in expensive flagship phones?

19. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

iDiots said the exact same thing when iPhones have 1GB of ram. They are so proud of Apple making so much profit on them.

4. Nionx

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I prefer the trifold of the xiaomi prototype.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But the screen folds out, i see a lot of screens getting scratched up.

6. tiz_meh

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Hauwei method is not practical for daily use. I'm ready for scratching

11. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

As if Samsung's method will be any more resistant to scratching.

18. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

well if the display is folded then the main big screen will be protected. really not hard to visualize that.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The screen folds in, so it will not scratch as easy and they will have a screen protector for the outside screen. So, will scratch, yes. Will it scratch as easy as a phone that the screen folds out, no

8. dmdzordilla

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

I now think of modular concept, why not two separate screens that will run as tablet when attached magnetically. Instead of forcing these concepts in consumers throats, go slowly until the tech is really ready for the mainstream.

24. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung already have tech for that, check their seamless modular TV. But it need MicroLED to achieve that seamlessness, and microLED phone screen panel still years away.

14. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Meanwhile everybody's acting as if ZTE doesn't already have everybody beat with their Axon M actually available. Even if the implementation is not as finely executed this is a real product with real reviews that you can buy right now.

20. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

the axon m was a disaster, and it wasn't a true folding phone, was just two screen glued together, hardly anything special considering the Nintendo ds has everyone beat by almost a decade.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

You make it sound as if hinged foldable phone didn't exist before ZTE. I think sony had one back in the windows mobile days

25. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hinged and dual screens are two different things.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Even if Huawei's version is first to market and is excellent, it'll never make it to the US through normal retail channels and that'll be enough to submarine any chance at success.

26. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And why do they need the US, there are 7 billion people that live outside America. They seem to be doing absolutely fine without the good old US of A at the moment.

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