Huawei Is Unveiling a 5G Foldable Phone Later This Month

Donna Miller
February 3, 2019

Some shaky rumours have suggested that the as-yet-unnamed device could feature a 5in screen that folds out into a near-bezeless 8in screen, with a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.

Technically, the company promised “5G phones”, plural, so we might see a non-foldable phone as well. Featuring the tagline "Connecting the Future", the image shows the close up of a foldable phone. So let's dive in to see some more details on what teaser depicts. That's a different approach to the one taken by Samsung with its folding Galaxy X, where the screen is on the inside, like the pages of a book, and it matches with the renders of the Huawei phone we posted earlier.

The phone will use the new Balong 5000 5G modem, which is expected to be integrated into its next-gen Kirin 990 SoC-the successor to the current 7nm Kirin 980. It now appears that Huawei and Samsung will release foldable phones within a few days of each other however, assuming the rumours are true.

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Samsung - which Huawei reportedly hopes to overtake as the world's No. 1 smart-phone seller by the end of 2020 - may also reveal its first foldable phone in February.

Samsung Vietnam has accidentally published (and subsequently removed) a brand advertisement video that shows a glimpse at the company's existing, conceptual, and presumably upcoming products. And in the process, Huawei told us how its foldable smartphone will differ from Samsung's. What we didn't know was when it would be announced.

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