Huawei unveils its own foldable smartphone dubbed the Mate X

Huawei Mate Flex

Renders created of the Huawei Mate Flex Credit Let's Go Digital

Other points in favor of Huawei's new smartphone are its lightness and the fact that even when folded it is only 11 millimeters thick.

Oppo VP Brian Shen posted on Chinese microblogging website Weibo four images of a prototype of its foldable smartphone that looks more identical to Huawei's Mate X than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X has the screen on the outside, resulting in a thinner design (11mm).

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Huawei announced its foldable display smartphone, the Mate X. There will no doubt by a flurry of additional leaks in the months to come as we get closer to a presumed August unveiling of this next generation of the phablet. The screen that folds around the rear is dormant unless used to take photos or for other similar tasks.

Foldable handsets represent a significant break with the dominant shape smartphones have taken since Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone in 2007 - a dark black rectangle with a single touch screen. We can expect Apple to work on a foldable phone in order not to remain too much behind the main competitors. Previous year it surpassed Apple to become the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, according to data from market research firm IDC.

But Ben Wood, an analyst at tech research consultancy CCS Insight, said the appeal of foldable phones would be limited for now to "gadget lovers" who want the latest tech.

According to Josh Yavor, senior manager of corporate security at Duo Security, "The problem we're trying to solve here is that it's really hard for any individual or organization to look at any given Chrome extension and decide whether or not the risk that the extension brings is acceptable". Most consumers will look at it right now and go "it is very, very expensive".

Why do we think that?

CCS Insight predicts foldable phones will remain a niche category until 2022. Shen noted that the gadget doesn't, er, offer a huge improvement in terms of user experience and has asked for feedback to help the firm decide whether it should mass produce the device. But it's also more functional-it's a mini tablet and smartphone in one.

Of course, all the big brands are reliant on suppliers and manufacturers to get them the parts to make phones, and it's entirely possible that the factories in China have produced something like this as a "reference design" for brands to innovate from. The Huawei Mate X features a foldable Fullview Display that bends outward offering three viewing configurations. Here we see a battery cell in each segment, resulting in a total 4500mAh battery capacity.

"But high shipment numbers are not the priority". For example, this new device apparently bears the model number SM-N975F. Digitimes cited industry sources as saying the Chinese telecommunication giant eyes to ship 250 million phones this year and replace Samsung as the world's largest smartphone maker.

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