While global smartphone giants are busy developing folding smartphones, a California based start-up Royole has already launched a foldable smartphone in the market
LG, a brand known for its range appliances and consumers electronics, has filled for applications to register three names – Flexi, Foldi and Duplex. A report published on a Dutch site says that there is strong possibility that LG will be using these term to name its foldable smartphones.
Hwang Jeong Hwan, CEO, LG, had earlier confirmed that the electronic giant was indeed working on a folding display smartphone. LG’s chief of mobile division had confirmed the same during a press conference.
The company filed for these three name applications on November 21, 2018. All these applications were registered for class 9. It is worth mentioning here that class 9 registration includes smartphones.
First folding smartphone already in the market!
While global smartphone giants are busy developing folding smartphones, a California based start-up Royole has already launched a foldable smartphone in the market. Dubbed FlexPai, Royole had even organised a flash sale in China for the same, and will start delivering foldable smartphones starting December.
Dr. Bill Liu, Royole founder and CEO had said, “The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone provides mobile phone users with a revolutionary, different experience compared to traditional phones. It perfectly solves the contradiction between the high-definition large-screen experience and portability, which introduces a whole new dimension to the human-machine interface. The phone’s inherent design will forever change the consumer electronics industry, as well as the way people interact with and perceive their world.”
Samsung, Huawei also working on folding smartphones
Reportedly, Samsung and Huawei are also working on foldable smartphones. Samsung has also teased Galaxy X folding phone through an official video posted on YouTube. It is believed that the company is planning to launch their first foldable smartphone in early 2019 with a target of shipping 1 million units.
Huawei on the other hand, has also hinted that the company is also working on developing folding smartphones. Huawei CEO Ken Hu, had earlier told a German news site that Huawei’s folding smartphone “could replace a PC”.