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Huawei aims to launch world's first foldable screen phone

The priority of the Chinese tech giant is to beat rival Samsung to market

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, at the launch of the Huawei P20 smartphone in Paris in March.    © Reuters

TAIPEI/SEOUL -- China's Huawei Technologies, the world's third largest smartphone maker, is planning to roll out the first foldable handset with a flexible screen ahead of its bigger rival Samsung Electronics, according to analysts and industry sources familiar with the matter.

The premium foldable smartphone will use a flexible organic lighting-emitting diode display manufactured by key homegrown panel supplier BOE Technology Group, according to those sources. The first batch could be very small but the idea is to beat Samsung to it.

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