One of the highly anticipated phones for 2019 is Samsung's first foldable handset. We used to call it Galaxy X earlier this week when we learned that Galaxy X could be Samsung's first game phone, which does not expand. Then we learned that Galaxy F could be the real name of the handset.
Anyway, Samsung's foldable is expected to start in 2019. But when it finally comes after more than two years of speculation and rumors, Galaxy Foldable phones may not be the first phone of its kind in the world. Huawei seems very keen to turn Samsung into the market.
As it is right now, we do not have real folding phones. We have ZTE Axon M-like devices (below) that are practically two smartphone screens associated with a hinge. That's not what we expect from this new form factor, which means we're still waiting for someone to make the first folding smartphone in the world.
This is not the first time we have heard that Huawei works with a folding smartphone – and to be ready, everyone else also works with something. But Huawei wants to turn Samsung into the market, reveals a new report from Nikkei Asian Review .
Huawei will collaborate with local display provider BOE for the flexible OLED screen that would enter this named Huawei folding handset.
The first batch would be limited, but Huawei and BOE will only beat Samsung to the market. "Huawei's scheduled volume can be limited to around 20,000 to 30,000 units, or even less, for a small group of first-wave adapters," said a source. "The effort is mainly to demonstrate its technological ability and to attract industry attention and media coverage."
The product will hit the market "very early in 2019", according to analyst Jeff Yu in Yuanta Investment Consulting.
"The Chinese company wants to be the first in the industry, although the display technology from its panel supplier may not be ready as Samsung," he said.
The launch date is dependent on the development of the technology and durability of Foldable panels, reports the notes.
While Huawei wants to attract the attention of smartphone buyers, BOE goes for bigger fish. The company has been rumored for years to see Apple's iPhone supply business. BOE has invested heavily in OLED display factories, hoping it will attract Apple's attention.
For Huawei, it's only logical to cooperate with a local company that is heavily subsidized by the government. It's not like Samsung will provide folding monitors to any competitor, especially Huawei before the folding phone hits the market.  The report does not mention price details for the named collapsible Huawei phone, but a WitsView analyst explains Profitability is not a big concern for this project. "Profitability for this project is not the first priority of the two Chinese companies," said Eric Chiou.
It is unclear at this time what kind of specifications Huawei folding phone may offer, but we're probably looking at the top of the Line Machine.
Samsung's Galaxy-folding phone, which should also be limited during the first year, is rumored to cost $ 1500 to $ 2000 because of the extra costs involved in creating this sophisticated handset.
Huawei is currently the world's third largest handset maker behind Apple, but the company plans to take over the iPhone manufacturer soon. The next order will move Samsung, which has been the world's largest handset maker for a few years.
In the case of BOE, check out the video below to view its collapsible smartphone concepts in action: