Friday , December 14 2018 Ausdroid » Hardware » Mobiles » Huawei quietly shows off its 5G foldable phone to Korean carriers

Ausdroid understands that Huawei will announce its foldable phone at Mobile World Congress 2019, following quiet moves to pitch the device to Korean carriers in the last couple of days. Featuring foldable screen technology from Chinese firm BOE, the device is already in production (rather than a prototype or proof of concept).

Reports from GizChina indicate the device will feature a 5-inch display when folded, and 8-inches when unfolded, which is larger than the rumoured Samsung device at 4.6 and 7.3-inches respectively).

Given 5G networks are likely to become commercially available early to mid next year, it makes sense that Huawei and other brands would be playing in this space getting ready to release consumer-ready phones. However, a foldable phone is a bit of a double whammy, and it remains to be seen how popular this form factor will be.

For a bit of an idea what the foldable phone from Huawei could look like, check out this YouTube video:

Although the video is just a concept, we understand the product shown off to carriers today was not, and the timing couldn’t be closer. Tomorrow, in South Korea, we understand that Samsung will show off its first foldable phone ahead of a launch next year too.

It’s early days, but I’m willing to predict we’ll see at least one foldable phone at MWC 2019 in a couple of months, and quite possibly more than one. After ZTE’s Axon M showed up quietly at MWC 2018 – and didn’t go anywhere much – it isn’t hard to see that this year we’ll easily see a few more polished concepts down this line.

Let us know what you think about the idea of foldable phones in the comments below.

Source: GizChina.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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They’ll have to be seriously speced for me to consider buying one if Samsung’s pricing is accurate.
$2500.00 is a hell of a lot of money for a phone!I’d rather wait for the 5g Note than pay that amount for an – as yet – unproven device. Especially if they continue with Bixby! Worst AI ever.

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They’ll have to be seriously speced for me to consider buying one if Samsung’s pricing is accurate.
$2500.00 is a hell of a lot of money for a phone!I’d rather wait for the 5g Note than pay that amount for an – as yet unproved device. Especially if they continue with Bixby! Worst AI ever.

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