Foldable Smartphones Will Likely Launch at End of This Year: Report
In these past few years, we saw the surge in the foldable phone patents. So far, the only foldable phone that was considered commercialized was the ZTE Axon M, which was released last year October as a single phone with two screens, not really a foldable device. Digitimes posted a report indicating that the first wave of foldable smartphones will likely launch at the end of this year.
According to Gizmochina, this report is based on the opinions of the industry watchers. It suggests that numerous brand vendors are picking up their speed in their research and development (R&D) efforts on the foldable-related projects.
A Korea-based website ET News posted their report that the South Korean smartphone maker Samsung will unveil the company’s roadmap for their upcoming foldable smartphone lineup this year. The company already has many patents in Korea and the US. These Android-powered smartphones with inward-folding displays are still being developed since five years ago. These devices might be out in a few months since the manufacturing process is currently in its 80% completion.
The watchers also said that various patent applications from the big tech giant Apple have also seen for clamshell smartphones having a tri-fold display design and for other products with folding technology. Another big tech giant Huawei is expected to be the first brand vendor to launch their first foldable smartphone by the end of this year. In September 2017, they already submitted the patent application for a single display screen that can be folded in the middle and can be turned into a tablet.
Meanwhile, a recent patent is reportedly granted to another tech company Microsoft revealing that the foldable Surface Phone (aka Andromeda) is still in works with a dual display and a sophisticated front-facing camera system. This device is speculated to come out as the Surface Journal instead before the end of this year.
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