Huawei will launch a foldable smartphone within the next year, it has been confirmed.
Samsung has previously announced plans for a foldable phone, after years of showing off prototypes at trade fairs.
While other companies are believed to be researching the technology, these are the only two big players to go public on the matter.
Samsung’s foldable phone is expected to launch within the next six months. And could be here as early as January.
Huawei’s chief executive, Richard Yu, said his firm was “already working on it”. He also suggested that a folding handset would have a big screen.
When asked about forthcoming technological innovations, he asked the journalist inquiring: “Why are you still using a computer? Probably because you find a smartphone display too small.
"We will change that. It is conceivable that you could fold out a display.”
He added that the device would be ready within a year.
While impressive from a technological standpoint, the commercial applications and appeal of foldable smartphone screens are still yet to be proved.
Die Welt, via BBC