Caixin
Mar 15, 2022 09:31 PM
BUSINESS

In Depth: Chinese Firms Bending Over Backward to Offer Foldable Phones

A person holds U.S.-based Chinese company Royole's foldable mobile device FlexiPai at the Mobile World Congress on the eve of the world's biggest mobile fair on Feb. 24, 2019 in Barcelona. Photo: VCG
A person holds U.S.-based Chinese company Royole's foldable mobile device FlexiPai at the Mobile World Congress on the eve of the world's biggest mobile fair on Feb. 24, 2019 in Barcelona. Photo: VCG

As Chinese suppliers begin to catch up in foldable phone technology, domestic smartphone brands are betting that the novel technology will set them apart in a highly competitive yet relatively stagnant handset market.

It comes even as high manufacturing costs, troubling failure rates and a lack of software remain significant hurdles.

With their bendable displays, foldable phones function like a regular handset when folded, but unfold to form a larger screen resembling a tablet.

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