Huawei May Be First With Foldable Smartphone

Many thought it was Samsung that would deliver the very first foldable smartphone. There are rumors that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone that is being referred to as the “Galaxy X.”  However, Samsung may fall behind. According to  Phandroid, Huawei may deliver the very first foldable smartphone by November. And it won’t be available at your local carrier store.

You may have heard the name “Huawei” pop up over and over during the past few years. Unfortunately, carriers  no longer carry their smartphones, but you can certainly get their devices through other retailers. You won’t be able to get any major deals though.

Their most recent smartphone, the Huawei P20 Pro, is seen as the “iPhone X” of Android phones. It has a triple-lens camera that apparently takes amazing 40MP pictures. It has a 6.1-inch 1080 x 2240 pixel resolution screen, runs Androids 8.1 (Oreo), an Octa-core processor, 128GB of internal storage, and 6GB RAM.

Huawei is the first smartphone company to release a phone with a triple-lens camera.

Mashable gave Huawei’s device five stars, and other reviews are quite similar. The consensus seems to be that the phone is definitely on par, or even better, than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus or the iPhone X. So, Huawei has a good reputation even before they (possibly) deliver the first foldable smartphone. However, delivering the first foldable smartphone may not be a blessing either. There’s bound to be bugs with a new type of release, and if the bugs are overwhelming, the Huawei brand name could be tarnished.

Samsung foldable phone concept -- click to play in YouTube.

What would a foldable smartphone be like in the first place? Would it be an ultraportable tablet that you can stick in your pocket? Would two people be able to watch the same video together even while facing each other? Would it make gaming easier by having the controls on one screen and the actual game screen on the other?

But there may be some drawbacks. Will the foldable phones have creases in the middle? Would these new phones be easier to break? Will they have huge bezels? What kind of battery would be required to power this?

Overall, it may be “cooler” than regular smartphones, but that doesn’t mean it will be more useful. Remember the excitement over ultraportable PC devices back in 2006? As was pointed out on IReTron at the end of 2014, those failed miserably. However, they did provide a template for future successful mobile devices.

The big concern is not really who will deliver the first foldable smartphone, but whether or not foldable smartphones become a gimmick. Let’s hope this type of device shows promise. After all, we don’t want to end up with another Google Glass.

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Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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