South Korean giants Samsung and LG helped pave the way for curved-screen smartphones with their respective Edge and Flex series. Now it looks like Chinese rivals Huawei and Xiaomi could follow suit with their own competing handsets.
MyDrivers reports (via BusinessKorea) that the two companies are planning to launch new “Edge” branded smartphones this September. Chinese tech titan Huawei is apparently prepping a Mate Edge device, which could be a sequel to the impressive Mate 8. The new phone reportedly borrows Samsung’s curved OLED display technology and offers high-end specs for 4,000 yuan (about $617)
Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s new phone could be called the Mi Edge or Mi Note Edge. The popular Chinese startup could rely on LG for its flexible OLED panels. It should also offer flagship hardware, including a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM, for 3,000 yuan ($463).
Neither company has a particularly strong presence in the U.S. so it’s unclear if either device will be available in the country. If Huawei and Xiaomi are planning to unveil their new Edge smartphones in September we could see them at the annual IFA expo in Berlin. Then again, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese companies announce the news on their home turf instead.