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HUAWEI said to have completed 5G folding phone ahead of MWC 2019 launch

HUAWEI has apparently already shown off the device to South Korean carriers.

Published onNovember 19, 2018

  • A report suggests HUAWEI has finished development on a foldable phone with 5G network support.
  • The company is said to have shown the device to carriers in Korea.
  • South Korea’s 5G network is expected to be up and running in March next year.

Huawei has reportedly completed the development of a 5G compatible foldable phone. ETNews reports that HUAWEI has shown the phone to high ranking officials at carriers in Korea, one of whom told the publication the phone was a finished product, not a prototype.

This isn’t the first we have heard about a HUAWEI 5G foldable phone; the company’s CEO Richard Yu recently confirmed it was working on one. However, at the time, we didn’t know how close the company was to finalizing the device.

The only other details we have regarding a HUAWEI foldable phone is that it is thought to have a foldable 8-inch display, possibly made by Chinese display manufacturer BOE. It could also use the Android foldable interface which will change the way apps are shown on the screen based on how the device is being held.

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Rumors have previously suggested HUAWEI would attempt to release its foldable device before Samsung. While we don’t know if this is still the case, ETNews says HUAWEI will likely unveil the phone at MWC 2019 in February.

It makes sense that HUAWEI would contact carriers in South Korea about a 5G foldable phone as the country is expected to be amongst the first with a 5G network. Carriers in Korea are working together to roll out the 5G network in March next year.

HUAWEI competitor Samsung’s foldable phone is not expected to be 5G compatible upon release, but there are suggestions that such a variant would be released later.

Next up: Foldable phones with flexible display – Here are the ones we know about so far

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