Huawei to launch truly foldable smartphone by November 2018
According to reports, Huawei is planning to unveil a "truly" foldable smartphone in November this year. Sources claim that the foldable handset is currently under development and that Huawei has already signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with its suppliers. This will make Huawei the world's first manufacturer to have launched a truly foldable smartphone in the market.
The exact nature of the foldable screen is unknown, but it's reported that the smartphone will fold inwards like a book. It can feature an OLED display from LG and come with 5G support. The project is being directly managed by Huawei's Shanghai R&D CTO.
The phone could be unveiled in November, but it won't be available to buy until 2019. Huawei plans to first introduce the device to the public, get feedback and opinions on user interface and custom apps that align with the folding screen, incorporate some of the changes into the phone, and then launch an improved final model by 2019.
Earlier, Huawei had received a patent for a foldable smartphone that detailed that the phone will have two displays and will fold from the middle. The device when open would serve as a tablet and could also be folded to form a phone. Other companies like Samsung, Lenovo, Sony, LG, and Apple are also planning the development of foldable smartphones.