Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies are both rolling out phones with folding displays in late February, in a move that may help beat the recent stagnation in global smartphone market.
Huawei gave a preview of a profile of its first foldable smartphone via a 2019 Mobile World Congress press invite sent out on Feb. 1. In the side image of the device, the Chinese company’s folding phone appears to fold outwards, as opposed to Samsung’s inward-folding display.
The Shenzhen-based tech giant saw double-digit growth (35 percent) in smartphones last year, shipping over 200 million units -- a number slightly surpassing Apple. While Samsung retained its status as the world’s top smartphone manufacturer, the South Korean company suffered a 7.2 percent decline in sales last year.
Samsung is now widely believed to be set to unveil three versions of its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, ahead of the MWC on Feb. 20 in San Francisco. The smartphone vendor is hosting its “Unpacked” press event to launch the latest in the Galaxy Android smartphone series, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The Galaxy S10 is said to be equipped with 5G capability for the next-generation network that carriers are implementing this year. Another version of the phone, tentatively named Galaxy Fold or Galaxy F according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, is expected to have a foldable screen.
A promotional clip mistakenly uploaded by Samsung Vietnam, since deleted, showcased Samsung’s new foldable phone in a slimmer shape than the prototype introduced at the Samsung Developers Conference in November at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
LG Electronics and Xiaomi are among other electronics giants with bendy gadgets on the horizon. LG in particular unveiled the world’s first rollable television, the Signature OLED TV R, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and its phones with flexible screens are also forecast to hit the shelves in the coming months.
By Kim Arin (email@example.com)