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HUAWEI looks to keep pace with its own gaming and foldable smartphones

Whether it's a gaming or foldable smartphone, HUAWEI would face either existing or incoming competition in Razer, ASUS, and Samsung.

Published onJune 29, 2018

  • HUAWEI announced it will launch a gaming-centric smartphone by the end of 2018.
  • The company also confirmed it will launch a foldable smartphone in 2019.
  • HUAWEI would face stiff competition from Razer, ASUS, and Samsung.

With gaming phones already a reality and foldable phones getting closer than ever before, Huawei announced it wants to be part of both conversations with its own gaming and foldable phones.

According to GadgetMatch, HUAWEI consumer business president Jim Xu confirmed that the company will launch a gaming-centric smartphone in the second half of 2018. The gaming phone will take advantage of the company’s GPU Turbo technology, though not much else was said about the device.

Announced in early June, GPU Turbo theoretically allows HUAWEI phones to play games without as much of the battery penalty as they typically see. The technology also increases graphics processing efficiency, reduces SoC power consumption, offers HDR gaming, and improves frame rates relative to competing smartphones.

GPU Turbo sounds impressive, but HUAWEI’s gaming phone already faces competition in the Razer Phone and ASUS ROG Phone. Then again, HUAWEI has significantly more smartphone market share than Razer or ASUS and could make its gaming phone more visible than the competition.

Xu also confirmed that HUAWEI will launch a foldable phone in 2019. As impressive as the vivo Nex and OPPO Find X are in the design department, Xu said a smartphone with moving mechanical parts is not in the cards.

Even in the foldable department, HUAWEI would face some competition. Samsung’s plans for a foldable smartphone are an open secret at this point, though HUAWEI could undercut its rival in the pricing department.

Also keep in mind that HUAWEI plans to release 5G-capable solutions, chips, and smartphones in 2019. The company is very busy at the moment, though its efforts could catapult it past Apple on the global stage.

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