It appears that Huawei is joining the foldable smartphone club, alongside Samsung, Apple and OPPO with a new patent filing at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Huawei foldable smartphone patent listing features a hinge that looks similar to the Surface Book from Microsoft, in a smartphone form factor.
Last year, Richard Yu mentioned that Huawei is developing its own foldable smartphone. The patent on WIPO confirms that Huawei is quite serious in developing the product.
As with the Surface Book design, the hinge on the Huawei patent looks to be segments of metal that can come together to form a folded book. What is different in the patent is that the display is folded along with the hinge, allowing it change from a smartphone to a tablet. This may hint to Huawei working with flexible screens as the patent shows a single screen rather than multiple screens like the Axon M.
Of course, filing a patent doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a Huawei foldable smartphone released in the near future. As we’ve seen in the past, many companies have filed for multiple patents for innovative new products – but few ever make it past the drawing board.