Huawei is looking forward to beating Samsung by launching the world’s first foldable smartphone by the start of 2019. A foldable smartphone by Samsung has been a part of the rumor mill for over two years now. As per the reports, the South Korean giant might launch the handset in 2019, but it won’t be the Galaxy X. Samsung may launch their first ever foldable handset with the “Galaxy F” brand name. Whatever be the case, Xiaomi and Oppo are also working on their own foldable handsets for 2019.
As per an ETNews report, Xiaomi and Oppo are also working with suppliers to get components of foldable phones, probably hinges, and foldable displays. Huawei and Samsung are reportedly working on an in-folding design smartphone. While Xiaomi’s variant will reportedly fold outwards. Therefore, the phone might offer a much more compact package that has the potential of expanding the display surface significantly.
At this point, it’s unclear what kind of launch timeframe should be expected next year, but Xiaomi has reportedly begun development of its own foldable smartphone design and is already working with suppliers. Huawei has reportedly partnered with BOE Technology Group from China for flexible OLED panels. Xiaomi and Oppo are reportedly looking for foldable display panels from Chinese suppliers like Visionox. These companies may also consider dealing foreign display manufacturers such as LG Display or Japan Display.
Also, it remains unclear how the Chinese company will price their foldable smartphones. Xiaomi has committed to a maximum profit margin of 5% on its smartphones, suggesting its device could significantly undercut the rivals. While Samsung’s offering could cost nearly $2000, there is a possibility that Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone might arrive next year with a cheaper price tag.
Samsung has been working on its foldable smartphone since 2013. Samsung has been consistently delaying the arrival of their foldable phone. They may be doing this to ensure that the customers are provided with the best experience on their first ever foldable smartphone. However, Chinese manufacturers are expected to give tough competition to Samsung.
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