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ZTE to Announce Folding Smartphone Ahead of Apple, Samsung

Apple and Samsung have also been working on folding smartphone designs, but news reports indicate that China's ZTE could introduce a folding smartphone at an upcoming Oct. 17 event.

The dual 1,920 x 1,080 displays on the front and rear of the handset will meet at a central hinge, while the device will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage, he wrote in a related story by VentureBeat. It will also include a 3,120mAh battery, 20-megapixel camera and will be sold at least to start exclusively through AT&T priced at about $650.

Folding displays have been a goal of several mobile phone makers in the past few years as they continue to seek ways of differentiating their products. Samsung, Apple and others have been working on folding or flexible displays with various degrees of success.

Lending weight to the rumors is that ZTE is planning an event in New York City on Oct. 17 to make an unspecified product announcement, but the company isn't providing any early details.

Stay tuned for more update.

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