2019 can be a very important year for the mobile phone sector, specifically for those companies that will bet on folding smartphones as a new market proposal.
Just a week ago it was announced that the Samsung folding device would arrive next year, presenting itself as the great novelty of the Korean company within the family of Galaxy products, but it would not be alone in this new battle. Nikkei Assian Review has published a report revealing the intention of Huawei to enter this same segment of terminals, even advancing the launch of its product to be available before the Samsung folding smartphone.
Huawei would use the OLED screens of BOE Technology Group, with an initial order of between 20,000 and 30,000 units to meet the initial demand of the first interested in this type of device. According to the report, the main objective of the Chinese company is “to demonstrate its technological capacity to attract the attention of the industry and media coverage”.
At the moment there is no information related to the price of the collapsible terminal, but the report indicates that it would be available early next year to be able to anticipate Samsung’s proposal. Currently, the main concern of Huawei is in its screen provider, because there is a possibility that it can not provide all the requested panels. It is likely that the release date of the Huawei folding smartphone will be affected if BOE can not fulfill the order.
The above is a situation that, on the contrary, Samsung is not experiencing, which is already ready to cover the demand of the device that would have an initial price of 1,500 dollars.
One of the advantages that Huawei could have with its supplier is that the latter is receiving very important economic support from the Chinese government, thus demonstrating the ambition of the Asian country to become a reference territory in the technology sector, something that has already gone achieved in recent years. It is likely that in the coming months we will have more information about Huawei’s folding smartphone, the second company that joins a battle that is just beginning.