Huawei Might Introduce Foldable Smartphone with Minimal Gap Next Year

October 28, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Foldable smartphones are getting a push all of a sudden. Rumors have earlier pointed out that Samsung would be bringing out its first foldable smartphone under the Galaxy Note series possibly within two years. It was followed by the launch of ZTE Axon M, which featured a somewhat-foldable design with the use of hinges. Now, it’s the turn of Huawei.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has now confirmed that the company has been working on a prototype of the foldable smartphone, adding that the device could be ready by next year. As per the statement, Huawei is likely to follow the path of ZTE than that of Samsung.

It means that Huawei’s upcoming smartphone will feature two displays that would expand to merge as a single screen. The device would be a normal phone when the displays are folded, and will transform itself into a tablet with bigger display once the two displays are put to use together. The concept is similar, yet it differs from the Samsung strategy of using a single foldable display.

Huawei. Similar to ZTE, is embracing a more practical vision of foldable device. But the technology would have the inconvenience of providing a space in between the two displays, thanks to the use of hinges or other means for folding the device. This also deviates the focus more towards multi-tasking on bigger screens rather than getting completely transformed into a tablet.

Huawei is still working to minimize the gap so as to make the users feel like it’s a single screen. That would depend on the technology which they embrace to replace the hinges. We would have to wait to see how much it succeeds in pushing out the gap. But even a slight failure to do so would have the device from Huawei, and ZTE, get eclipsed by the Samsung foldable device if Samsung manages to come out with its long-running dream of a device with truly foldable display.

Yet, it’s great to see more companies embracing the novel idea. 2018 is sure to be the year of change for smartphone displays in terms of foldability.

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