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 2019.
Speaking at the IFA technology tradeshow in Berlin, Huawei CEO, Richard Yu spoke, “Why are you still using a computer? Probably because the foldable 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.