CES 2019 is behind our backs, and were looking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Xiaomi already confirmed their presence, while Sony started handing out invites. Another big player that will join next month is LG, and according to sources from South Korea, the maker will introduce a foldable smartphone.
The new device will not have a flexible screen like the Samsung Galaxy F or the Huawei concept. According to a company representative, it will be similar to the ZTE Axon M, but with a thinner bezel, making both screens merge into one continuous display. The reason for this solution and not the flexible panel is the price – LG wants to keep the smartphone in the KRW1 million (less than $900) spectrum, instead of going for a KRW2 million phone (about $1,800).
ZTE Axon M
The vice-chairman of LG said back at CES that the company is going for changes with the form factor to stay competitive and to keep an edge to other makers. Korean sources also reveal the new device will have touchless input which will recognize hand gestures from 20 to 30 centimeters so that users can operate with the phone in all situations. The technology will be available both to the G and V series, as well as the Folder phone.
Source (in Korean)