If there’s one thing we can say about Huawei, it’s that the company doesn’t give up. Following huge setbacks in the smartphone space, it would be understandable if the Chinese tech-maker stepped back a little. Instead, it appears to be barreling on ahead. There’s a new smartphone launch in SA, the Nova 9, and then there’s also a set of business-focused notebooks from the company.
But why stop there? Huawei has apparently taken a look at Samsung’s homework and decided that it’d like similar marks from the market. A report from Weibo in China claims that there’s a spot of cribbing going on, which could see the Chinese company launch its own clamshell folding phone.
Let’s see Huawei flip this
The word on the Chinese supply chain is that Zhaoli Technology, the manufacturer making Huawei’s hinges for the Mate X folding series, is working on something a little more… compact. It’s not explicitly stated that the more compact hinge is for Huawei, but it’s strongly hinted at. Make of that what you will.
The hinge is supposed to have fewer moving parts. It’ll supposedly work out cheaper, always a concern with folding hardware. And it might be upon us sooner than you’d think.
The Weibo post included a couple of (very) rough renders of what a Huawei clamshell might look like. The result is very Galaxy Z Flip 3-like, but with familiar branding and design language. The reports claims that there’s an interesting colour scheme on the way, and even suggests a timeline. We might see an official reveal before the end of this year. Whether it actually launches somewhere we can buy one — that’s a little less likely to happen.