Huawei CEO Richard Yu has confirmed at Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro launch that it will be releasing a 5G foldable smartphone next year. In an interview with Digital Trends, CEO Yu was quoted saying, “We are working on foldable phones. Foldable 5G phones.”
Rumours about Samsung working on a foldable smartphone have also been in news for months now. And at the launch of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), CEO DJ Koh confirmed in an interview with CNet that the foldable smartphone by the company will be able to work as a tablet that can be folded into a smartphone. Samsung has said that with its foldable smartphone, the company intends to bring together multitasking and portability.
And since July, it has also been in news that Huawei has been working to beat Samsung and will be launching its foldable smartphone as early as 2019.
However, it is the first time that it has been said that Huawei’s foldable smartphone will run on a 5G network.
But Huawei’s plan of coming up with a separate 5G phone have surfaced online earlier. The Chinese smartphone maker is also developing its own processor, Balong 5G01. It has been reported that Balong 5G01 will have support for the new 3GPP standard for 5G networks.
In order to make its devices 5G compatible, the company has invested $600 million. So making a foldable tablet with 5G will make sense.
Although there is no official word on it yet, we can expect Huawei’s foldable device’s screen to be made on the same lines as Mate 20 X smartphone’s. The recently launched Huawei Mate 20 X mobile sports a 7.2-inch FHD+ OLED display that has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9.
Speaking of Samsung, which has been working on a foldable OLED screen for years now, is holding a developer conference next month and is expected to give a preview of the upcoming foldable Android smartphone.
The South Korean technology giant has already launched a flexible AMOLED display, which it calls as Youm, in the year 2012. Recently, Samsung also got its OLED display – which is being called as unbreakable – certified for its durability.