You may be use to hearing the news of foldable smartphone planned to be developed by South Korean tech giant, Samsung. Samsung, itself, confirmed months ago that they are working on a foldable smartphone technology. The smartphone, if brought, may come under the flagship of Galaxy F rather than Galaxy S. The news of such smartphone manufacturing is making rounds on internet for more than 2 years now.
However, this news has another twist in the story of who would develop the foldable smartphone technology and make it accessible to the consumers first. Yes, the race has begun reportedly between Samsung and the Chinese tech giant, Huawei. The Chinese smartphone maker has an eye on developing and marketing the foldable smartphones to the consumers before Samsung. To accomplish this ambition of Huawei, the company has shaken hands with Chinese OLED screen developing expert, BOE Technology, which will develop the foldable smartphone screen for Huawei.
If the company is successful in doing it, it will be the first to manufacture the foldable smartphones. The company has planned to manufacture 20,000-30,000 smartphones in the initial phase, as per Nikkei report. To beat the rival South Korean tech giant in the race, Huawei is planning to unfold the mystery of foldable smartphones in the “very early of 2019,”. This plan is speculated to be against Samsung’s launch which possibly be in 2019. “The Chinese company wants to be the first in the industry even if the display technology from its panel supplier might not be that ready like Samsung,” said Jeff Pu, Analyst, Yuanta Investment Consulting.
Another Analyst, Eric Chiou, from WitsView claimed that the company isn’t concerned about profitability when it comes to company’s this project as the company is eyeing to be the first in selling the ‘truly’ foldable smartphones. The Axon M from ZTE which is called a foldable smartphone isn’t truly a foldable smartphone as two screens are connected using hinges in it. If Huawei breaks the barrier and produces this mysterious foldable smartphone then it will make it to the title of first truly foldable smartphone manufacturer in the world.