Huawei Says it Wouldn't Make a Folding Phone Just for the Sake of It

By Tom Pritchard on at

Back in July news broke that Huawei may be working on a folding smartphone of its own, thanks to some work by analysts. The report claimed the Chinese company wanted to beat Samsung's long-rumoured Galaxy X to market, so it could claim to have the world's first foldable smartphone, and it was suggested the company would be willing to make some sacrifices to make that happen. But according to Huawei itself, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Speaking to Walter Ji, President of Huawei Consumer Business Group Western Europe, at IFA, he said some things that suggested Huawei isn't willing to rush a foldable handset to market just because. According to him, Huawei's main focus is on ensuring a good consumer experience, which is why the company focuses on consumer-friendly features like good cameras and larger batteries. As for the folding phone, Ji said Huawei wouldn't want to sacrifice those key things, and that a foldable phone would have to guarantee a consumer experience. In other words, a foldable smartphone needs to have some benefit for the consumer, rather than just being a gimmick or designed to make a nice story.

This doesn't mean that Huawei isn't making a foldable smartphone, or that it doesn't have ambitions to beat Samsung's Galaxy X to market. It just means if that does happen, it's because Huawei thinks there's an important benefit to offering such a thing to the consumers. So we're just going to have to see what happens. Seeing as how these things do tend to leak out quite readily, we probably won't even have to wait for an official launch.