China could beat Apple in race to develop foldable smartphone

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China could win the race to develop the first truly foldable smartphone — thanks to local tech giant Huawei.

The titan phone brand has been tipped to launch a foldable handset as soon as November, beating rivals like Apple, Samsung and LG.

Huawei might not be a household name in the west, but it’s actually the third biggest phone maker in the world.

And the company is reportedly working on a folding phone in secret.

We’re not talking about the retro flip phones of yore, here.

A foldable smartphone is one that folds out into a full-sized tablet, without having a hinge that splits the screen into two parts.

According to industry site ETNews, Huawei has already signed deals with suppliers to prepare parts for the device.

The company’s chief technology officer is “leading this project directly,” apparently.

An announcement is tipped to take place in November, but it’s not clear if the device would go on sale immediately.

Last month, a top industry analyst suggested that Apple was secretly working on a folding iPhone.

He added that it’s possible we could see the phone/tablet hybrid land in stores as soon as 2020.

But Apple has never confirmed the existence of such a device.

Meanwhile, rival Samsung has long been open about its efforts to build a foldable smartphone.

It’s rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy X and is on track to launch in late 2018.

And South Korean tech giant LG has also hinted about a foldable smartphone.

Back in January, we reported on a patent filing that showed off concept designs for such a device.

The race is on — but who will win? And more importantly, does anyone even want a folding phone?

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April 13, 2018

Sources: New York Post

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