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ZTE confirms work on bendable smartphone

Budget smartphone manufacturer ZTE has spilled the beans on its future phone plans, confirming to TrustedReviews that it is looking at launching a bendable handset.

Following last year’s launch of the LG G Flex, the world’s first flexible phone, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has hinted that it too could get in on the bendable phone game, teasing that it is an area already under consideration within its R&D labs.

“In terms of the form factor, other companies are coming up with bendable phones and what have you,” Waiman Lam, ZTE’s Senior Director of Wireless Devices told us. “We are also looking at that too but don’t have anything definitive to share at this point.”

Although remaining coy on any potential launch window for its first bendable handset, Lam added: “We are looking at the markets and listening to our customers and if there is a market for it [bendable phones] we will certainly do it.”

With the LG G Flex set to hit British retailers in a matter of days following a period of exclusivity in the company’s native South Korea, ZTE is not the only rival manufacturer to show an interest in launching its own flexible phone.

While leaked patents have hinted Samsung and Apple are also working on their own flexible smartphones, another budget phone maker in Alcatel has claimed it will launch a flexible handset on its own if markets are strong enough.

“If curve displays or flexible displays become something that is a really desired by consumers, and we see real consumer benefits then we will go there,” Dan Dery, Alcatel’s Global Vice President of Market told us recently.

Do you want a flexible phone or do you see bendable handsets as nothing more than a gimmick? Let us know your thoughts via the comment box below.

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