The last time we saw a Huawei foldable phone was back in 2022. This came in the form of the Huawei Pocket S, the more affordable successor to the Huawei P50 Pocket. After taking a break for a year, Huawei could be back next month with a brand new foldable handset with a clamshell form factor.
It is unclear what name this new phone will adopt, but based on the Weibo report, it bears the “LEM” codename. It is also rumored to use Huawei’s own 5G Kirin chipset, but we’re not sure if it will be the same 5G chipset found in the Huawei Mate 60 Pro.
The report also claims that Huawei is planning to position this new foldable phone like its Nova series of mid-rangers. This suggests that it might actually be somewhat affordable. The Huawei Pocket S, while cheaper than its predecessor and competition, isn’t exactly “cheap”. If Huawei can bring the price down further with this model, it could be quite an attractive option.
Samsung is also exploring options for creating cheaper foldables, according to the rumors. One of the reasons is because of Chinese OEMs who already have more affordable alternatives, causing the company to lose market share in China. Unfortunately, due to the situation in the US, we doubt we’ll be seeing this new Huawei foldable launch outside of China or Asia anytime soon, but it will be interesting to see what they come up with.