Huawei foldable smartphone with 5G cellular connectivity to launch next month at MWC 2019

“The Huawei’s foldable smartphone will rock Kirin 980 chipset with the company’s first 5G model called Balong 5000”

Huawei will launch its 5G smartphone with a foldable screen next month at the biggest tech trade show MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The Chinese OEM made its intention clear at its recently held 5G launch event in China. Richard Yu, CEO of the company’s Consumer Business Group said, “We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphones with a foldable screen.”


Talking about the specifications, the handset will be powered by the top-tiered 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset. The 5G connectivity will be possible with Huawei’s first 5G modem called Balong 5000 that was recently announced. The handset is tipped to flaunt dual screens – measuring 5-inch and 8-inch. The tablet-sized 8-inch screen is expected to be flexible, meaning it can be folded from the middle or the sides. 

Huawei Foldable smartphone patent

Notably, Samsung is also expected to launch a 5G phone with foldable screen – allegedly dubbed as Galaxy Fold – next month. If so, it could make Huawei’s claim of the world’s first 5G foldable smartphone a bit of a fluke. The chaebol will most likely unveil the Galaxy Fold at its ‘Unpacked’ event on February 20th in San Fransisco, while the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 is scheduled to start from February 25th. Other than these two OEMs, Xiaomi is also rumoured to showcase its own version of foldable display smartphone. The vendor recently teased the device (maybe called Xiaomi MIX Flex or Dual Flex) with a flexible display that folds outward. 

We’ll be there at the event to bring all the updates about the offerings, so stay tuned!

Ashish is one of the youngest members of 91mobiles, and a recent tech geek convert. When he's not churning out articles, you’ll find him watching sports or binging TV shows. He listens to John Mayer when beating Delhi traffic.
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