Recently, there are reports that the Samsung foldable smartphone might be unveiled in early 2019. Huawei which is the third largest smartphone brand in the world might actually launch the foldable smartphone even before Samsung. Based on the report, the company is said to have partnered with BOE Technology Group to make the flexible OLED display for its foldable smartphone. The China-based BOE Technology Group is also ramping up its investments in the OLED display production in order to become one of the supplier of OLED displays for Apple.
Currently, the OLED panels for Apple are sourced from either Samsung or LG. The BOE Technology Group already supplies LCD panels for the iPads and MacBooks. Talking about the foldable smartphone, Huawei has been pioneering the smartphone camera technology in partnership with Leica. Lately, we are seeing several innovations even in the candy bar-shaped smartphones. Vivo and OPPO showed us the all-screen display without any notch on the top with their latest flagship smartphones. Now, Huawei will be the first smartphone manufacturer to bring out the foldable smartphone.
In an interview with CNET in 2017, the company’s CEO has confirmed to have a working to have a working prototype of the device and mentioned to bring it to the market by the end of 2018. According to the latest report, the foldable smartphone from Huawei will hit the market in early 2019. The company will be initially manufacturing only 20,000 to 30,000 units of the foldable smartphone. Apart from Huawei beating Samsung to bring out the world’s first foldable smartphone, there are no details mentioned about the device.
If the Huawei’s foldable smartphone comes out successfully, it will be a great achievement for both Huawei and BOE Technology Group. As of now, there is no clear vision over the form factor of these upcoming foldable smartphones. After several years of launching the candy bar-shaped smartphones, the foldable displays might give leverage to the manufacturers to differentiate their smartphones with the design. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details about the upcoming foldable smartphones.