Huawei seems to be planning to launch both a gaming and a foldable smartphone soon, gaming handset by the second half of 2018, and its foldable handset by 2019. In an interview with GadgetMatch, a President of Huawei Consumer Business, Jim Xu, has confirmed that the company is working on gaming smartphone which is expected to arrive by the second half of this year. That handset will deploy the company’s new ‘GPU Turbo’ technology which was announced along with the Honor Play smartphone. GPU Turbo basically stands for graphics processing acceleration technology, which is expected to increase graphics processing efficiency quite a bit.
Huawei’s gaming smartphone will probably rival the Razer Phone and the ASUS ROG Phone, though Mr. Xu did not reveal any specs just yet, but we’re expecting it to ship with a high-end spec sheet, as it will be a gaming smartphone after all. In any case, Huawei is also aiming to release some accessories for the device, which was to be expected. So, chances are we’ll get a controller for the company’s upcoming gaming smartphone, and some other peripherals maybe. Now, in addition to talking about a gaming smartphone. Mr. Xu also said that the company is not planning to release a smartphone with moving mechanical parts, such as the Vivo NEX and the OPPO Find X, but instead, they’re focusing on a foldable handset. The company’s foldable handset will probably arrive by next year, and it could be a rival to Samsung’s foldable smartphone which is expected to launch in 2019.
It seems like Huawei has big plans for the second half of this year, and also next year, as the company is moving to the gaming smartphone market, and will also take its chances in the foldable smartphone market. We have not seen a real foldable smartphone which comes with a foldable display thus far, but we did see a foldable smartphone, sort of. The ZTE Axon M is one such device, but it sports two separate panels which have a rather noticeable bezel in-between them, and even though the phone folds, its displays do not. Both Samsung and Huawei are expected to introduce something completely different, but it remains to be seen what we’ll get in the end.