Huawei considered a Samsung Z FLIP shape, but wanted ‘more smartphone’

During the Huawei Mate Xs reveal in lieu of an MWC 2020 debut, a Huawei executive spoke to TrustedReviews and noted that the Chinese tech company had, indeed, thought about making its own Samsung Z Flip-style clamshell foldable.

But Huawei rejected it for not providing more display real estate, it seems.

“If you open it up and there [isn’t] more smartphone, why … do [a] foldable?” Huawei UK MD Anson Zhang told TrustedReviews. “You do the foldable in order to enhance the user experience. Why do people [want] a foldable? … They want a device with a bigger screen but pocketable – that is the reason behind [it].”

The company instead opted for a foldable phone design that would unfold into a larger display to give users a better experience, which became the Huawei Mate X series. “You do foldable in order to have better views – reading, video, even multi-task as Richard [Yu] showed,” Zhang said, referring to Huawei’s CEO, who debuted the Mate Xs on stage at the event. More

By David Lumb