World’s First 5G Smartphone with Foldable Display to be Unveiled by Huawei at MWC 2019

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Hardware manufacturers have been teasing foldable display smartphones for years but we’ve seen very little physical evidence of their existence so far. According to Huawei, that’s all going to change next month. The Chinese tech giant announced today that such a device is not only in the works but actually ready to be revealed at WMC 2019. The news gets even better as the handset will also apparently include 5G and Huawei’s highly-anticipated new chipset.

Huawei made the announcement during its 5G launch event but waited until the end of the conference to tease the foldable display phone. For the most part, the event was actually about hyping up the Balong 5000 chipset and the new generation of routers, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. The new routers include Wi-Fi 6 support and will be the very first devices to incorporate the Balong 5000. That’s just the beginning, though, because the company says the chipset has practical applications in everything ranging from smartphones to electric cars.

The Foldable Phone is Still a Bit of a Mystery

As far as the foldable display phone is concerned, additional details are pretty scarce at this time. We do know that this is supposed to be the “world’s first” 5G handset with foldable display and that it will be powered by the Balong 5000, but that’s about it. The company stated that more details will be unveiled at MWC 2019, which takes place in Barcelona between February 25th and February 28th. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear more about the rest of the specs, price, and possibly even release date at next month’s event.

“We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphones with foldable screen,” said Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO of Consumer Business Group at today’s briefing.

One of Huawei’s Biggest Rivals is Working on Its Own Foldable Display Device

Huawei may end up being the first company to launch a 5G foldable display smartphone but it won’t be long until others follow suit. Xiaomi recently announced its own flexible device and wants to take the concept one step further. Yesterday the company revealed a new device that can only be described as a tablet with foldable sides that can transform into a smartphone. The gadget definitely looks neat but we’re not sure if it’s just a prototype or if it’s ready to hit the shelves soon. Either way, we’re likely to hear more about it next month at MWC 2019 so keep an eye out.

Jason Moth

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