Huawei working on a foldable smartphone

The look of smartphones has not seen any radical changes for some time however a new design direction could be on the horizon. Huawei is working on a foldable smartphone and as we have seen one from ZTE, could everyone else be about to jump on the foldable bandwagon?


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Huawei Foldable smartphone


The existence of a foldable Huawei smartphone was confirmed by the company’s CEO Richard Yu. Apparently, there is a working sample that Huawei is working on refining.


There has already been a smartphone debuted by ZTE and Huawei are looking to create something along a similar design. The main aim of Huawei is to create a smaller gap between the folds of the display for a more seamless look.


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It looks like the foldable display will consist of two screens that will stitch together when opened, a display that actually folds could be a long way off.


Huawei has stated that their foldable phone could launch next year, although they haven’t confirmed exactly when we can expect it.


There are rumours circulating that Samsung is also working on a foldable device, so this could be the next step in smartphone design – watch this space.


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Is foldable possible?


The foldable display is technically possible however, there are a number of hurdles that need to be overcome to make this feature a mainstream thing.


The challenge involved in moving from the rigid displays we see today to flexible lies in the manufacturing of the material. The display has to provide the same performance a standard screen would but be able to withstand opening and closing without any deterioration or marking along the fold.


There is still a lot of debate as to whether consumers would even want a foldable display. The main selling point is to be able to go from a smartphone display to a tablet-esque experience. The foldable display will add to the bulk of the devices, will users want chunkier phones again?


Would you use a foldable smartphone? Do you think the manufacturers can achieve a decent result with a foldable screen? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on Google+.

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