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 inches
    2152 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    12GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4380 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI

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