One of the most anticipated 2019 mobile phones is Samsung's first foldable handset. We called the Galaxy X until the beginning of the week, when we learned that the Galaxy X is Samsung's first gaming phone that does not fold. Then we learned Galaxy F could be the right name of the handset.
Whatever it is, the Samsung Foldable is expected to launch in early 2019. But when it finally comes, after more than two years of speculation and rumors, the Galaxy Foldable Phone may not be the first phone of its kind in the world. Huawei seems very eager to bring Samsung to market.
As it is now, we do not have any real folding handsets. We have ZTE Axon M-like devices (below) that are virtually two smartphone displays that are hinged together. That's not what we expect from this new form factor, which means we're still waiting for someone to make the world's first foldable smartphone.
This is not the first time that Huawei is working on a foldable smartphone – and to be clear, everyone else is working too something. But Huawei wants to bring Samsung to market, according to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review .
Huawei will partner with local display provider BOE for the flexible OLED screen that would be featured in this unnamed Huawei folding system
The first batch would be limited, but Huawei and BOE simply want to bring Samsung to market. "The planned volume of Huawei could be limited to 20,000 to 30,000 units or even less for a small group of first-wave adapters," it said. "The effort is mainly to demonstrate its technological capabilities and attract the attention of industry and the media."
The product will hit the market "very early in 2019," says analyst Jeff Pu of Yuanta Investment Consulting.
The Chinese company wants to be the first in the industry, even if the display technology of its panel provider should not be as ready as Samsung, "he said.
The launch date depends on the development of technology and the Shelf life of foldable panels, the report notes.
While Huawei wants to grab the attention of smartphone shoppers, BOE goes for bigger fish, and the company has been rumored for years to watch Apple's iPhone delivery business. Apple is investing in display production equipment in the hope that it will attract Apple's attention.
For Huawei, it is only logical to work with a local company that is heavily subsidized by the government, and it's not that Samsung folds every rival Especially Huawei would provide screens before its foldable phone comes on the market.
The price does not mention any P travel details for the unnamed foldable Huawei phone, but a WitsView analyst does not explain profitability as the primary concern for this project. "Profitability for this project is not the first priority for the two Chinese companies," said Eric Chiou.
It's unclear what specifications Huawei's foldable phone has to offer, but we're probably looking at
The foldable Samsung Galaxy phone, which will also be available in limited edition in the first year, is said to cost $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 due to the additional costs of developing this sophisticated handset.
Huawei is currently the world's third largest handset manufacturer behind Apple, but the company plans to overtake the iPhone maker soon. The next order would replace Samsung, which has been the world's largest handset manufacturer for several years.
As for BOE, watch the following video to see his foldable smartphone concepts in action: