The new Huawei P20 with three rear camera shows that the Chinese phone maker is able to push the technology envelope, and so does its latest patent.
It shows what's obviously a foldable smartphone in diagram form, according to the new Huawei patent filing discovered today by Dutch publication LetsGoDigital.
The idea behind a futuristic-looking, bendable phone is to give users a tablet-sized display (ideal during long commutes), but let you fold it up into a smartphone-sized form factor (to slip into a pocket).
There's no telling if Huawei will be able to pull off a foldable phone design in time for the sequels to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro or P20 and P20 Pro next year. However, it has indicated that it's very keen to beat Samsung and Apple to a bendable phone.
Getting rid of that gap
What's holding back Huawei – the world's No. 3 phone manufacturer behind Apple and Samsung of phones – from launching the world's first truly foldable phone?
Huawei's new patent seems to solve that problem with a bendable display, but that's merely on paper. There are no signs of Huawei foldable prototype hardware yet.
The other issue may be the durability of such technology. We were recently told that the science behind such a display isn't there to endure so many folds.