Huawei is reportedly looking forward to beat Samsung by launching the world’s first smartphone by the start of 2019. Fresh information has revealed that apart from Huawei, other Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Oppo are also working on foldable smartphones.
A South Korean publication has revealed that in a bid to launch foldable phones in 2019, Xiaomi and Oppo are procuring the required components for building such devices. Huawei has reportedly partnered with BOE Technology Group from China for flexible OLED panels. Xiaomi and OPPO are also speculated to receive foldable display panels from Chinese suppliers. There is a possibility that these companies may also consider dealing foreign display makers such as LG Display or Japan Display.
The foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei are expected to sport fold-in design. On the other hand, Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone may feature fold-out design. There is no information on the design OPPO may use for its foldable smartphone.
Xiaomi is known for flagship phones with cheaper pricing compared to Samsung and Huawei. Hence, there is a possibility that Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone arriving next year may carry cheaper price tag.
Samsung is yet to launch a smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner even though it was one of the first companies to work on such a handset. Some of the Chinese manufacturers such as Vivo, Huawei and Xiaomi have already managed to launch smartphones featuring optical in-screen fingerprint scanner. It is speculated that the Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus arriving in Q1 2019 will be featuring ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that offers accurate results.
Samsung has been working on its foldable phone smartphone since 2013. In order to ensure that its customers are provided with the best user experience on its first foldable phone, it has been consistently delaying its arrival. However, Chinese manufacturers are expected to give tough competition to Samsung.