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Huawei Patents a Smartphone with Foldable Display

The world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, invested much to be at the forefront of camera innovation. Their innovation doesn’t end here; the company is in talks to make the first smartphone with blockchain technology. And now the Chinese smartphone manufacturer joins the list of smartphone companies who have filed patents for a foldable display.

The patent was filed last year on September 19 with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) but was published yesterday. The patent bears striking similarities with the Microsoft Surface but looks like a smaller gap; the display is a single panel, not like other patents where a foldable notch joins two panels.

Huawei Patents A Foldable Smartphone
Huawei Patents A Foldable Smartphone | Photo Credit: LetsGoDigital

The patent doesn’t mention any sizes, but we expect it will be the size of a tablet when fully folded. It also fails to mention how the mechanism works and leaves us with questions. The display will have to contain a smaller display panel or LED to check notifications.

Last year, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer group, Richard Yu, announced they were working on a foldable display and even went on to claim they had a working sample. However, he added the product was not perfect and needed more mechanical design and flexibility on the screen before the device was ready for the market.

The foldable is speculated to be the next big thing in handheld devices, and every manufacturer wants to be the first one to launch it. Samsung has been working on foldable displays since 2011, but the fabled Galaxy X is yet to be unveiled. Following that, LG, Microsoft, OPPO, and even Apple filed a patent for a foldable display. The ZTE foldable smartphone Axon M was already launched, but it leaves a lot to be desired, and we are yet to see a perfectly foldable smartphone. Huawei was the second manufacturer to launch a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor after Vivo, but we hope the company will be the first one to launch a foldable smartphone in the market.

About Mrinmoy Choudhury

He is an experienced Journalist. He had been writing for several leading publications too. At DealNTech he covers the latest news of mobiles every day and always strives to provide quality content. He is also a web-designer and graphical designer. Email: [email protected]

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