After launching the Huawei P20 series earlier this week, the company is now rumored to be working on a new foldable smartphone, which apparently may be coming very soon to the markets. As hinted by a recent patent filing (spotted by LetsGoDigital), Huawei is working on a bendable phone. The idea is to give users a tablet-sized display, which can also be folded into a smartphone-sized form factor.
Now it is not clear if this foldable smartphone will be out before Huawei’s 2019 flagship offerings, but reportedly the company plans to launch the device before Apple and Samsung, who are also believed to be working on similar models. CNET recently reported Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealing the reason why the final launch of the foldable smartphone is being delayed. He said that the company has been working very hard to get rid of that visible gap aka bezels between the two screens.
However, the new patent shows that Huawei seems to have tackled that problem. The diagrams from the patent show off a single piece display, which just folds into half, with the help of a hinge where the fold exactly rests. But then again, this design is only on paper, and till now there have been absolutely no reports of a foldable prototype hardware yet. More often than not, patents that are filed, do not end up being actually implemented into working models.
Further, TechRadar also points at the durability of such technology as another issue behind the delay of the smartphone’s launch. Recently it was revealed that the science behind such a display isn’t there to endure so many folds. Besides, Huawei, Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Sony and LG have also been reported to be sketching out plans for a truly foldable phone. It’s only a matter of time for one of them to claim the world’s first title.