In the race to launch a real, functional foldable phone, Chinese tech giant Vivo is joining the likes of Samsung and Huawei with its recently announced iQoo sub-brand.
Several images of a purported iQoo foldable phone have been leaked on micro-blogging site Weibo, revealing the design of the handset and hinting at its imminent launch.
Here are the details.
Here's everything we know about Vivo's foldable phone
While specifications of the device remain unknown, leaked pictures reveal lots of details about Vivo's iQoo foldable phone.
In the tablet form, the device will feature all-screen design with ultra-slim bezels. However, when folded in, the device will transform to a regular candy bar shape with three flat sides and one curved edge.
Vivo's foldable phone could feature in-screen or pop-up cameras
As per the images, the device features an all-screen look with no holes or notches.
Hence, Vivo may either embed the selfie camera under the screen or opt for a pop-up mechanism. However, another possibility is that the phone may simply come without a front camera.
Lastly, the images also reveal that the company has also made its software ready to leverage foldable design.
Tipster suggests the phone could be priced at 5,000 yuan
While we do know a bit about Vivo's foldable phone, there's plenty in the unknown.
We still don't know about the device's specifications, its network compatibility (5G-ready or not?), and even details about its availability.
But, as per a tip-off, the phone could be priced at 5,000 yuan in China or roughly Rs. 53,000 in India.
Future is here
Meanwhile, Samsung and Huawei will soon unveil their foldable phones
Last year in November, we saw the world's first foldable phone from a lesser known company called Royole. And days later, Samsung briefly teased its foldable device.
And now, with just weeks into 2019, Samsung and Huawei have announced to showcase their devices.