There has been a lot of talk about foldable smartphones recently. Samsung is going to show one soon, most likely with the Galaxy S10 at its event on February 20. Xiaomi unveiled a cool prototype of its device yesterday while Motorola is believed to be reviving its Razr brand for a foldable device. Don’t count Huawei out, the Chinese giant has confirmed it’s bringing a foldable 5G smartphone to MWC 2019.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, dropped this little nugget of information at the end of the company’s 5G launch event in Beijing. The event was about Huawei’s new Balong 5000 5G modem and its base station hardware but it mentioned towards the end that it’s going to unveil a foldable 5G smartphone at MWC 2019 next month.
“We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphones with foldable screen,” you said. The “smartphones” most likely refers to a single device and not multiple as it has been translated from Mandarin.
There are no images or renders available to show what form Huawei’s foldable device might take. What it has confirmed though is that the device will use the company’s Balong 5000 modem. Comparisons will invariably be drawn with Samsung’s foldable smartphone which will reportedly have a 5G variant as well.