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Huawei tipped to release a cheap clamshell foldable smartphone next month; mass production already started

Huawei is yet to release a clamshell foldable smartphone. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei is yet to release a clamshell foldable smartphone. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Reportedly, Huawei is preparing to announce a new foldable smartphone next month in China. Due to launch alongside the Watch D, the foldable will have a clamshell form factor like the Galaxy Z Flip3. Huawei's alternative should undercut Samsung's flagship on price, though.

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According to a leaker on Weibo, Huawei has started mass producing another foldable smartphone. However, the rumoured smartphone is not a successor to the Mate X2, nor the Mate X2 4G that Huawei unveiled this summer. Instead, Huawei is tipped to release a clamshell foldable smartphone, building on the success of the Galaxy Z Flip3.

Supposedly, Huawei's effort will be cheaper than Samsung's while featuring a stylish and vibrant design. Unfortunately, little is known about what hardware we should expect from Huawei's first clamshell foldable smartphone.

Nonetheless, ongoing US sanctions will force it to use SoCs with 4G modems. Qualcomm has built a 4G version of the Snapdragon 888 though, an SoC that Huawei debuted in the P50 and P50 Pro. Presumably, future flagship Huawei smartphones will rely on the Snapdragon 888 4G too, unless Qualcomm releases a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with a 4G modem.

Reputedly, Huawei hopes to unveil the unnamed device in late December. The device could debut alongside the Watch D as part of a broader hardware event, too.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-11-29 (Update: 2021-11-29)