As smartphones nowadays seem to have almost all the bells and whistles one could ask for, device manufacturers are trying to find novel ways to catch consumers' attention, introducing foldable form factors this time around.
Last week, Richard Yu, Huawei's CEO, talked about launching the company's first 5G foldable phones. Now, looks like a tweet from Huawei is confirming this.
Huawei's First Foldable Phone
The Chinese brand took to Twitter to announce its upcoming event at this year's Mobile World Congress, happening at Barcelona, Spain, in Feb. 24.
Come with us to explore #ConnectingTheFuture LIVE from #MWC @GSMA. Are you ready to reveal the unprecedented? #HuaweiMWC #MWC2019 pic.twitter.com/ErPD7eKMh1 — Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 1, 2019
Huawei's plan to release foldable phones has been around since early 2018, and the company confirmed this in October last year. The latest teaser — showing what appears to be a foldable device, obviously because of what looks like a hinge in the middle — is likely the first glimpse at the company's foldable phone that's also 5G ready.
Although 5G networks are not yet widely available, the company has recently promised that it will launch "the world's first 5G smartphone with foldable screen" at the MWC. This may be true, as implied by the text in the above tweet: "Connecting the Future."
Huawei's MWC appearance will happen just days after Samsung's Unpacked Event, where the South Korean company plans to take the wraps off its Galaxy's 10th edition phone.
Other Foldable Phones
Other foldable phones could also make an appearance this year. Xiaomi has revealed its own prototype last week, and the Motorola Razr is set to make a comeback too, though this one could be a bendable version.
Another Chinese company, Royole, has also put out its FlexPai foldable phone, which was shown during the CES 2019 last month.
Samsung is also working on its own version of foldable phones, which might make an appearance at its Unpacked Event in San Francisco on Feb. 20.