Huawei plans to launch its next-generation Mate X foldable-screen smartphone in the second half of 2020 in a bid to maintain its market leadership position, according to Taiwan’s supply chain maker. Some of Huawei’s suppliers, including hingeand and panel suppliers, have begun small-volume production of parts for the new foldable-screen phone, the sources said.
Taiwan’s hinged makers see considerable growth in the foldable-screen smartphone sector and have launched capacity expansion projects, the sources said.
Jarllytec, a hinged specialist, said it plans to invest in more batch furnaces in 2020 to produce metal injection molding (MIM) components for foldable-screen smartphones and other end devices.
Sources said the company has partnered with two mainland smartphone brands to design and produce hinges for its foldable screen models, though it has yet to set a timetable for mass production.
However, due to the complexity of the component design of the foldable-screen smartphone and the problems with the supply of flexible panels, sources say it will be at least until the second half of 2020 to estimate shipments of hinged devices for foldable-screen smartphones.