Samsung is almost certainly going to debut its first smartphone with a foldable display at Mobile World Congress later this month. There’s a chance we might also see foldable and/or dual screen phones (or at least prototypes)from Motorola, Oppo, Xiaomi, LG,  ZTE, and others.

Now it looks like Huawei is also planning to showcase its first foldable phone at MWC. The company posted a teaser for its February 24th MWC press event to Twitter, and it includes what apepars to be an outline of a foldable device.

The phone is also expected to be the first foldable with 5G support, which isn’t really saying much since there are so few foldables or 5G phones at the moment.

While there aren’t any real details about Huawei’s foldable phone, the image seems to suggest a devices that folds in half in a way that leaves both parts of the display facing outward — so you’d be able to hold the device like a tablet, then fold it in half and continue looking at a smaller part of the same screen in smartphone mode. It’s the sort of design we’ve already seen — Royole’s FlexPai smartphone folds in a similar way, although the FlexPai has a pretty bulky looking hinge, doesn’t fold entirely flat, and shows a crease at the bend point. It’s unclear if Huawei or other companies will offer a more elegant design.

Samsung’s first foldable phone, by comparison, is expected to have a display that folds inward so that the screen is completely covered when the phone is folded in half. But it will have a secondary display on the outside that allows you to use the phone when it’s folded into its more compact mode.

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2 replies on “Huawei’s foldable phone could debut at MWC (along with Samsung’s and maybe others)”

  1. I hope it isn’t another folding tablet.
    Rather than focusing on folding the phones sharply along one line, they should consider a much gentler (higher radius) fold, such that a phone could be worn around the wrist, or arm, or along a belt.

  2. At last, something more interesting than hole punches and notches to talk about regarding smartphone design!

    It’ll be very interesting to see where we end up in a few years time. Will foldable phones converge to a single design, or will there more than one viable solution?

    I’m guessing that history will repeat itself, and one design will come to dominate once the folding-tech innovations start to dry up.

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