For years people have speculated about different companies working on developing a 'truly foldable' smartphone, ie one that can fold thanks to flexible components rather than some sort of hinge. Folding hinge phones have been around for years, most recently with the ZTE Axon M, but a phone that can bend by itself? That would be an amazing sight. Lots of companies have been rumoured to have such devices in the works, but rumour is Huawei plans to have one in the hands of the people by November.
The reports come from Korea's ETNews, which claims to have spoken with sources that supposedly have direct knowledge of the company's plans. While the sources claim Huawei is aiming for a November launch, it apparently won't be putting the phone on sale until it receives significant feedback. The feedback will then be incorporated into the phone itself, ready to be placed into the hands of the consumers.
This isn't the first time we've heard about the potential launch of a folding phone sometime this year, and in fact Samsung's already confirmed it's also aiming to release a foldable phone before the end of the year. Rumours have circulated about Samsung's folding phone for years, and while progress might be being made it would be interesting if Huawei were able to shake up the system and get its own version out first.
Naturally the concept of a foldable phone is complicated by its very nature, and while phone companies seem to have cracked the concept of flexible displays the same can't be said for the rest of the internal components. Especially the battery. Then you have to convince people they actually want it. Such a device isn't likely to come cheap, and while you could marvel your friends by folding your phone up there I can't think of any other useful applications. But then again, that's why I don't work in the marketing department of a major technology company.