Samsung has announced its US $1980 Galaxy Fold smartphone with a smaller 4.6-inch outer screen and 7.3-inch inner folding screen, while TCL has announced its DragonHinge flexible display technology due to arrive in devices from 2020.
However, now we can see what Huawei has unveiled with its Mate X phone, which has a very different design to Samsung's phone.
Huawei's phone has a single screen that can turn into three separate screens – a 6.6-inch main display when the phone is folded on the front and a 6.38-inch display on the back (where the cameras are)
In addition, while the Samsung phone appears to have a 17mm non-flat folding section when the Fold is folded into a more regular smartphone size, the Huawei phone folds to just 11mm.
The Mate X is 5G compatible, and will sell for €2299, or the equivalent of US$2600 or £1996. At today's conversation rates, this is approximately A$3500.
The BBC's great article quoted Huawei's consumer devices chief (and on-stage MCW 2019 Mate X presenter) Richard Yu noting the price was "very expensive" but that "he hoped it would be reduced over time".
In complete fairness the BBC article did quote "one analyst attending the launch event in Barcelona also remarked that a crease in the screen appeared to be visible", but we'll just have to wait until we see it in person to determine that for ourselves, and whether this will be the case on shipping models, with none of the videos below showing such a crease that I can see, at any rate.
Here are some videos and tweets with more info!
Huawei MWC 2019 Mate X on-stage unveiling video:
HUAWEI Mate X First Look – The FOLDING FUTURE is Here!
Here's HypeBeast's tweet showing a clear video of how Huawei's folding system works:
Here's a tweet from well-known smartphone commentator Carolina Milanesi:
Here's Ben Wood's tweet comparing the fold of the Galaxy Fold compared with the Huawei Mate X fold: