Samsung patent reveals its next foldable smartphone will be a Huawei Mate X copycat

Samsung patent reveals its next foldable smartphone will be a Huawei Mate X copycat
Two major smartphone vendors, Samsung and Huawei, revealed their first foldable phones – Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Although both are based on the same foldable concept, they're using different technology, which led to some rivalries between the companies and their fans, of course.

Specs aside, the major difference between these two smartphones is the way their displays fold. First off, we have the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which features a big display that folds to the inside of the device. Secondly, there's the Huawei Mate X which folds outward, with the part of the display that becomes the back side of the folded phone turning off.

Many say that Huawei's solution is much better in terms of design, even though the Chinese company's foldable smartphone is prone to scratches due to the design. Samsung and Huawei have been arguing about who's got the best overall foldable smartphone design, but that might not last too long.

Samsung is reportedly readying two other foldable smartphones, one of which will feature the same foldable design as the Mate X. One of Samsung's patents spotted by LetsGoDigital (translated) reveals what the upcoming Samsung foldable smartphone might look like.

It's definitely a step up from the current model, the Galaxy Fold since it comes with a flexible segment in the middle that makes it possible to close it seamlessly when completely unfolded. The images also reveal some sort of slide that works like a lock to make sure that the phone remains flat when opened.

This removes the need of having to implement a more sturdy hinge to keep the phone completely flat when you open it. If Samsung does plan to launch such a device, it will be the company's first foldable smartphone to feature an outward-facing display, in the same vein as Huawei's Mate X.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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14 Comments

1. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

They’re just feeding Huawei their own medicine if you get what I mean.

10. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 144; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Took the words out of my mouth

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

no ty. ill wait for a better scratch resistant screens.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

Didn't flexpie phone came up with this first? I'm I getting older or these tech websites don't make sense anymore?

4. Nionx

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I'm sorry, I prefer the inward fold of the Galaxy fold. These outward folds are seemingly prone to scratch damage. Unless the hinge accommodates some sort of flap to cover the back side of the device when closed

5. Guseinguliev

Posts: 115; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

For me, the design of Samsung Fold is much more beautiful, more powerful than premium.

6. Vyshak75

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

The patent was filed on 21st september 2018. So, its much before huawei launched its mate x.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1304; Member since: May 17, 2017

I was wondering about that.

8. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Not sure what this reporter is trying to say here. Royale demo'ed a outward display back last year already, not sure why anyone would attribute the first design to Huawei.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Sure did, in November Huawei copied it almost exactly. This site just like to take digs at Samsung.

13. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Huawei copied the pro type that Samsung was showing off for some time

9. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Waiting on The Galaxy Note XL with foldable display and an new Spen with Bluetooth and camera and other enhancements and tricks you can do on the display . I can dream can I.

12. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is good. Folding out to a 16:9 makes the most sense to me.

14. EzZONE

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 14, 2018

maybe this will be a cheaper option than the Mate x since Samsung said the outward fold is not as complicated as inward fold

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