If this year was about companies adopting the display notch, 2019 will see companies make the transition to foldable displays. We know Samsung is gearing up to launch a foldable device reportedly called the Galaxy X. But it might be Huawei that swoops in to steal Samsung’s thunder.
Earlier today, Huawei launched the Mate 20 series of devices, and in the process made Samsung look like a chump. The highlight of Huawei’s London event was the Mate 20 Pro, a powerhouse that features a gorgeous design, triple-camera setup and a fingerprint sensor beneath the display. Oh, and it features facial recognition that Huawei claims is on a par with Apple’s Face ID.
But the Mate 20 series is merely an appetizer for the main course, which is set to hit sometime in 2019. In an interview with journalists on Tuesday, Huawei Executive Director Richard Yu revealed the company is working on a foldable device that will support 5G technology and sport a massive display—we’re talking upwards of 7 inches.
Unfortunately, Yu was coy about specifics, but the device sounds a lot like Samsung’s planned Galaxy X, which do double duty as a smartphone and a tablet. When the device is folded, it’ll behave like a traditional smartphone. Open it up and it’ll act like a more powerful tablet. It’s likely Huawei has something similar planned.
Whether consumers will embrace the functionality of a foldable smartphone remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds like a novel idea. It will just be a matter of whether or not Huawei can execute a design that makes sense—and that’s reasonably priced.
Smartphone prices have become dangerously high over the past several months, and it’s likely a foldable smartphone with such delicate components will be ever more expensive.
Until Huawei debuts a foldable flagship, you can read more about the company’s new Mate 20 Pro down below.