Honor a brand of Huawei will take charge of the first foldable smartphone.
Huawei has confirmed its first foldable smartphone will be 5G enabled. At the World
Economic Forum, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman, Ken Hu, stated that the company’s first 5G
smartphone would be foldable. Hu also revealed that the phone is to arrive in the middle of
Speaking at the IFA technology tradeshow in Berlin, Huawei CEO, Richard Yu spoke, “Why
are you still using a computer? Probably because the smartphone display is too small for you.
We will change that. It is conceivable that a display can be folded out.”
It makes plenty of sense to pack 5G support inside a phone with a novel form factor because
foldable phones will have batteries with big capacity and more room for additional antennas.
Honor to take the ‘honors’
Honor, sub-brand of Huawei, may launch a 5G-capable smartphone before its parent Huawei.
Geroge Zhao, Honor president, had made the announcement while speaking at the World INS
conference in Beijing that the company was eyeing to become a top-five smartphone brand
by 2020 and enter into the elite top three by 2022.
Samsung may launch the first commercially available foldable smartphone
Huawei is not the only company working on a foldable smartphone. Samsung is also
interested in developing the same. The South Korean major of Samsung has openly admitted
that it plans to launch a foldable smartphone in late 2018 or early 2019. Reportedly, the
Samsung phone is dubbed as Samsung Galaxy X, and probably would be the first
commercially available foldable smartphone.
Huawei’s move to launch its foldable smartphone a little ahead of past schedule probably has
something to do with its competitors. Huawei might be looking to counter that with its own
take on the futuristic platform. Samsung has not revealed if its foldable phone would support
5G or not. Huawei, while making the announcement, also focused upon the possible use
cases of 5G, including faster mobile broadband, lower latency and the Internet of Things.