|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
Huawei is reportedly accomplishing a new scheme for the world’s first foldable smartphone, set to be followed by Samsung’s own offering, currently purported to be called the Galaxy F, as revealed in a report from Nikkei.
While clarity remains silent towards the official launch timeframe positioned for 2019 in the Nikkei report, Xiaomi has reportedly begun development of its own foldable smartphone design and currently collaborating with suppliers.
Unlike Huawei and Samsung which are reportedly working on in-folding designs, Xiaomi’s variant will reportedly fold outwards. As a result, the purported design will offer a much more compact package that has the potential of expanding the display surface significantly.
Confirmation is unknown towards the Chinese company’s initiatives in pricing the smartphone. While Samsung’s offering could cost nearly $2,000, Xiaomi has committed to a maximum profit margin of 5% on its smartphones, suggesting its device could significantly undercut rivals.
In addition to Xiaomi, another Chinese company reportedly planning the production of its own foldable smartphone is Oppo, although no exact timeframe has been provided either. Currently, while no information in regards to the design has appeared, a number of recent patents did hint at what could be in the works.
As demonstrated, 2019 is developing into the year of the foldable smartphone with at least four major releases in the works.
Based on patent filings, this could increase to a total of six by way of Motorola and LG. According to the methods in which new technology will premiere upon launch, each smartphone is expected to be available in limited quantities only.