Huawei joins the race with Apple and Samsung to bring hybrid foldable smartphone.
Samsung and Apple might not be the only two companies working on a foldable phone. The world’s third-largest smartphone maker Huawei is working on a foldable screen which might release this year.
Huawei, world’s third-largest smartphone maker is working on a technology that is futuristic to its core. Huawei is going to be exploring the idea of a smartphone with a foldable display. As per a Dutch site LetsGoDigital, the patent from the smartphone maker was originally filed on September 19, 2017. However, the patent was recently published on the official website of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Simply titled “foldable smartphone” the drawings show what appears to be a phone which can fold out into a tablet format – something the Samsung Galaxy X is also expected to do.
The great thing about the Huawei foldable phone is that it appears to have one large foldable screen. That means there won’t be silly lines as two screens try to merge into one larger unit. It also appears to be flexible enough to fully fold over, a bit like a book opening and closing.
Th Chinese technology giant has been developing a foldable smartphone for a while now. Back in October, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu told CNET that the company has a “working sample” for a foldable smartphone. Richard Yu also said that the device, which is still in development, needs improvements to its design and flexible display tech before its launch. According to the report, Huawei’s foldable smartphone could be released sometime in 2018.
Earlier, ZTE came up with a smartphone that resonated the idea behind a foldable device, called the Axon M. The smartphone had its heart in place but was nothing more than a dual display device. Another tech company, Microsoft was in the running as well. Microsoft is said to be working towards a Surface Phone which will be a foldable smartphone. No official word has come out about the smartphone from Microsoft.