There has been a lot of talk about Samsung building a foldable smartphone for the past couple of years. However, we’ve yet to see anything tangible from the company. It’s certainly not the only major company that might be working on something like this. At least Huawei has officially confirmed that it has a working prototype of its foldable smartphone. Huawei is expected to launch its foldable smartphone at some point next year.
ZTE has already beaten Samsung to the punch by launching the Axon M. It’s a foldable smartphone that’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States. The Axon M has two individual displays that can be folded out to form a single, massive display.
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu has revealed to CNET in a recent interview that “We already have a working sample” of the foldable smartphone. He did add that Huawei isn’t ready to launch the device as yet.
“We have two screens,” he said, adding that there’s still a small gap between the two displays and that “we should get rid of that gap.”
Yu mentioned that it’s possible that Huawei might launch its foldable smartphone in 2018. No further information has been revealed about the device’s specifications and features. We will likely start hearing about them in the weeks leading up to this handset’s launch.
Samsung hasn’t said anything concrete about its foldable smartphone release but recent reports suggest that it may also be released in 2018.