According to DigiTimes, Huawei has partnered with BOE Technology, a screen manufacturer, to be the first manufacturer to offer a foldable smartphone.
The objective is clearly to take Samsung, whose famous Samsung X is slow to point the tip of his nose, speed. BOE started manufacturing its first flexible OLED screens last year. The company will have to produce 8-inch folding screens for Huawei and the little rumor that at least one other phone assembler is interested in its technology.
The Chinese manufacturer’s plans are therefore becoming clearer, and it would seem that its objective to market the first folding screen smartphone before the end of 2018 is on track to be achieved. If everything actually goes according to plan, Huawei will then be several months ahead of Samsung, since the Korean giant will just start mass production of its “Galaxy X,” only to market it in the summer. This will give the Chinese brand six months to attract and convert a clientele that has been weaned from real innovation for several months.
Huawei works with display manufacturer BOE on a foldable smartphone.
A new report from our Korean colleagues at ETNews says Huawei is actively working on the design of this foldable smartphone with Chinese screen manufacturer BOE. Depending on the source, the company even works in partnership with several brands on the creation of 4 different folding smartphones. According to the Chinese site mydrivers, the 4 actors in business with BOE are none other than Huawei, Samsung, LG, and Oppo. As we know, Samsung has been working for years on the Galaxy X, the brand’s first folding screen smartphone.
BOE will present a foldable smartphone prototype at SID Display Week, May 20-25 in Los Angeles. On its website, the company mentions a 5.99-inch folding smartphone model and a large-format version with a 7.56-inch screen. Both devices are equipped with flexible AMOLED screens “that can be folded, unfolded, rolled up” and “a fingerprint recognition system that works on any part of the screen.” According to ET News, Huawei is mainly interested in the large format model.
The latest news is that Huawei’s first folding smartphone will be unveiled in November 2018. It should thus toast the priority at Samsung’s Galaxy X, expected for MWC 2019. According to DJ Koh, the head of the Korean brand, the software part of the smartphone is not yet ready.