All the news about Samsung’s fold-able phone might have caused you to forget about other similar smartphones, but rest assured, there’s more coming. Huawei has been actively developing one as well, which is rumored to support 5G.
The Chinese conglomerate announced a few months ago that they’re making a fold-able phone as well, which will be released in a year. Here’s a concept render of Huawei’s phone:
Huawei has been actively working on a fold-able phone that will also carry support for 5G connectivity. Around two months ago, the Chinese manufacturer had confirmed that it will be launching its a fold-able phone within a year. Fresh information revealed by ET News publication claims that the Chinese manufacturer has already showcased the final product instead of a prototype to the carriers in South Korea.
An industry insider has claimed that Huawei had indeed shown a completed fold-able phone. However, he refrained from revealing the specifications and usage patterns of the smartphone.
It appears that South Korea could be one of the first markets to receive Huawei’s first 5G fold-able phone since it is the only country along with the U.S. where commercialization of 5G networks are expected to happen by the first half of 2019. In the second half of 2019, the 5G networks may get commercialized in Japan, China and Europe. Probably, the phone may release in the second or third quarter of the coming year.
The report further reveals that the Chinese manufacturer may showcase its fold-able phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in February next year. The handset will be reportedly featuring flexible OLED panels supplied by China’s BOE display maker.
Now, ET News has revealed new information about the upcoming phone, saying that Huawei has already shown off a working phone to telecom operators in South Korea. According to GizmoChina, an inside source claims that Huawei has showcased the phone, but he didn’t share any specifications about the elusive phone.
South Korea will be getting the fold-able phone first, as it’s the first country (besides the US) where 5G will be launched. It is expected that 5G commercialization will commence in the first half of 2019 in the country.
5G will reach Japan, China, and Europe from the second half of 2019. The phone itself is expected to be released in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2019.
It will come with flexible LED panels sourced from the Chinese display maker BOE.
Rumored specifications say that the fold-able phone will be 5-inches tall when folded. When opened up, it will measure 8 inches. By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy F’s screen measures 7.3 inches when unfolded and 4.6-inches when folded.
Huawei is going to use the Balong 5000 5G modem for its fold-able phone and will have an under-display fingerprint reader as well.
Huawei’s fold-able phone will be officially announced at the Mobile World Congress 2019 at Barcelona, Spain. Samsung hasn’t mentioned a specific launch window for the Galaxy F, although it’s expected to be unveiled in March 2019. It’s entirely possible that Huawei might release its phone before Samsung does, though it’s not confirmed.
Watch this space for more news on Huawei’s smartphones.