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Huawei confirms launch of a gaming smartphone in 2018 and a foldable phone in 2019

Coupled with the company's GPU Turbo technology, Huawei's gaming smartphone may stand out from the competition

Utathya Nag utathya10 2 July 2018, 12:39 PM
Huawei will join the gaming smartphone bandwagon soon

Huawei will join the gaming smartphone bandwagon soon Image: Twitter

Huawei has, of late, been at the forefront of technological innovations, and seems the company isn't looking to slow down anytime soon. The Chinese tech giant has confirmed that it will launch a gaming smartphone later this year, and also hinted at a foldable phone, expected to be unveiled in 2019.

Smartphones, specifically designed for gaming, seem to be the latest trend in today's tech world. An array of devices, including the Razer Phone, Nubia Red Dragon, Xiaomi's Blackshark and the Asus ROG Phone, optimised for gaming purposes have made their way into the smartphone market over the past one year.

Huawei, too, has been trying to get a piece of the gaming pie and recently launched the GPU Turbo technology for a few of its existing smartphone. The tech, however, is a software-based solution and claims to increase device performance by 60 per cent while consuming 30 per cent less power. But now, the company is ready to delve into gaming-focused hardware. Huawei owned brand Honor's Honor Play was marketed as a gaming smartphone, but the tag had more to do with it being the first device to ship with GPU Turbo. The Honor Play, on a hardware level, is a mid-budget smartphone with no specific design-elements to facilitate gaming.

Huawei's consumer business president Jim Xu has confirmed that the company is working on a gaming-focused device, which will be launched in the second half of 2018. The company's GPU Turbo technology working in tandem with hardware designed specifically for gaming may help the device stand out from its competition.

Xu also claimed that Huawei will be coming out with a foldable smartphone in 2019. Several big smartphone makers are believed to be working on foldable smartphones. Samsung will reportedly unveil its version, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy X, next year, while Apple's foldable iPhone has been tipped to hit the market in 2020.

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