After Samsung, LG and Xiaomi throwing their hat in the foldable smartphone segment, 2019 appears to be the year when the foldable form factor truly becomes mainstream.
The handset is expected to feature the company’s new 5000 5G modem as well as a Kirin 980 chipset powering the device. By the looks of the teased image, the phone should fold down in the middle with the screen on the outside.
Rumours of Huawei allegedly working on a foldable smartphone emerged for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2017, followed by another report which claimed that Huawei aims to one-up Samsung by launching a foldable smartphone before the Korean giant. But it appears that Samsung will take the cake here, as the company has already scheduled a Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 where it is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 series alongside the foldable Galaxy smartphone.
Coming back to Huawei’s upcoming foldable 5G offering, it will reportedly feature a 7.2-inch display. Huawei will reportedly manufacture between 24,000 and 30,000 units of the upcoming smartphone in the initial phase, however, it is not known in what markets it will eventually arrive.
There is also a possibility that there will be another 5G handset, just that it won’t be a foldable one. The event is also likely to witness the launch of Huawei’s new 5G home router featuring the same modem mentioned above with support for HiLink, Huawei’s smart home protocol. The router should also feature Wi-Fi 6 as the 802.11ac isn’t fast enough for 5G speeds, although no phone supports the new Wi-Fi standard as of yet.