16 January 2020
We are waiting to witness some powerful technologies to empower some commercial products in 2020. While there are some practical applications of the 5G to bloom and flourish in 2020, there are some other technologies as well that will set a new benchmark for the future. We are talking about the foldable displays and their possible commercial usage in smartphones.
This year we saw only a few manufacturers adopting the new tech but the year 2020 is going to give a real kickstart. Huawei and Samsung that became the first to release their foldable phones in 2019 are preparing their arsenal to launch next year. We have been hearing that Samsung is already working on foldable phones with new form factors and now, we are hearing similar plans from Huawei as well.
In an interview with French media, Huawei Consumer Business CEO, Yu Chengdong said that it will release an upgraded version of Huawei Mate X at the MWC 2020 conference. He even revealed that the new foldable phone is known as Huawei Mate Xs and it will have better handling, hinge design, flexible display, and processor. And, an executive from the company has already revealed the device will be powered by the Kirin 990 5G processor.
While discussing the sturdiness of the yet-to-come foldable phone, Chengdong said he wants to have a thinner and lighter model than the current market. So, it is yet to be known if Mate Xs possesses a thinner profile.
Huawei took time in releasing its first-ever foldable phone, Mate X out in the market. It was reported that the Chinese manufacturer was reluctant after seeing the faulty case of the Galaxy Fold. But it launched it later and gained so many appreciations. The device went out of stock in minutes in its first sale in China. It is, however, unknown how many units of the Mate X were sold in the first sale that happened last month.
Back in April, Huawei CEO Richard Yu shared a prediction stating that as we move to 2021, more and more foldable phones will be launched and they will not be too costly as they are now. While he didn’t particularly point at Huawei’s foldable phones, it is pretty obvious to believe that the predicted volume will also include the phones with foldable display tech from Huawei as well.