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Huawei and Samsung still have much to prove on foldable phones

Doubts over whether Mate X and Galaxy Fold will win over consumers

Samsung's Galaxy Fold, left, and Huawei's Mate X were launched within days of each other. (Nikkei montage)

BARCELONA, Spain/ TAIPEI/SEOUL -- Technology revolutions are notoriously frequent. Yet, even for the fast-moving smartphone market, the launch just days apart of competing foldable phones from Samsung Electronics and Huawei  Technologies marked a surprisingly rapid evolution of the industry's latest innovation.

"Samsung did a first-generation product, but I feel that Huawei has just come out with the second generation," said renowned technology reviewer Myriam Joire of the "Mobile Tech Podcast."

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