Huawei Reveals its First 5G Smartphone to Come with a Foldable Display

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Huawei the second largest smartphone maker has been talking about its first 5G smartphone for several months. Also, the company has also been vocal about its foldable smartphone. In fact, the Chinese smartphone announced that it will launch its foldable smartphone early next year. Huawei just confirmed that its first foldable device will also be its first 5G smartphone. Next year 2019 will be exciting cause it will bring us not only the first commercial foldable phones but also the first 5G devices.

Huawei Reveals its First 5G Smartphone

Huawei’s Chairman Ken Hu unveils the details about the first 5G foldable smartphone that is expected to be released by early next year. Hu said that the company is still working out and sparing time to improve the upcoming smartphone. Specifications of the world’s first foldable smartphone are not yet available as of the moment. On the other hand, Huawei also announced last month its new processor – the Kirin 980. The said information was given at the IFA 2018 and it is also proclaimed to be used on the Mate 20 series.

There is also rumors that Samsung will also plan to release the first foldable smartphone later this year. However, Huawei earlier said that it wants to launch the world’s first foldable smartphone, putting pressure on Samsung. Huawei really want to challenge Samsung, it was widely believed that Samsung will claim that title. That may still be the case, as Samsung will unveil some details about its first ever foldable phone in November, during its developer conference.

Huawei is set to launch Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in London on October 16, 2018. The forthcoming smartphones will be coupled with Kirin 980 and run with Android latest operating system, the Android 9.0 Pie. Huawei teased its own foldable handset at IFA 2018 a few weeks ago, suggesting that a device with a foldable screen could replace computers. Earlier this week, Huawei Chairman Ken Hu said at a panel at the World Economic Forum that the company’s first 5G phone will have a foldable display.

Huawei 5G Foldable Display Smartphone

“In our first [5G] smartphone we’re going to introduce a foldable screen,” Hu said, according to Telecoms. He didn’t reveal any other details about the handset, and the panel focused on the benefits of 5G in the short term rather than devices.

The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro features triple rear cameras and power-driven by a 4,230mAh battery. It is also geared with 3.5mm headphone port and USB Type C. The said upcoming phone is alleging to come with wireless charging aspect. 

It makes plenty of sense to pack 5G support inside a phone with a novel form factor because foldable phones will have bigger batteries and more room for additional antennas. 5G will require more battery life, reports have said, as well as different antenna arrays. Hu also said that the phone will arrive in the middle of 2019. Huawei could announce the phone much earlier than that, to continue its challenge on Samsung.

We are not sure whether Samsung’s first foldable phone will also have 5G support like Huawei claim, but Samsung did say the Galaxy S10, due in early 2019, won’t be its first 5G phone. Come November, we may learn more details about Samsung’s most exciting phone in years. But even if Samsung unveils the Galaxy F this year, you shouldn’t expect to see it in stores until later in 2019.

With all these announcements, Huawei is indeed working to provide new innovative smartphones and to claim the “first foldable 5g smartphone” title.  Stay tune for further announcements!


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