It looks like 2019 will be the year the first foldable smartphones with flexible displays will be available for sale to the general public.
Companies like Samsung, LG, and Oppo have revealed they intend to join the foldable phone trend at some point. One company, Royole, even claims it will actually launch its own flexible display phone, the FlexPai, before the end of 2018.
Joining this list of foldable phone makers is Huawei, which makes some of the best Android phones around, like the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. We’ve heard a few things about what to expect from Huawei on the flexible display phone front, so let’s get into it.
We will update this post as more information on Huawei’s foldable phone plans are revealed.
Huawei foldable phone – release date and price
Little is known at the moment about Huawei’s foldable phone launch plans, but a recent unconfirmed report claims the company has actually completed development of the device, and shown it off behind closed doors to wireless carrier executives in South Korea. The report suggests the phone could launch very soon. Indeed, Huawei could show it off tin late February as part of the 2019 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
As far as a price tag, it’s also likely the Huawei foldable phone will be highly expensive, thanks largely to its flexible display. We expect the phone will cost well over $1,000, far higher than even its flagship Mate 20 Pro phone.
Huawei foldable phone – specs
While Huawei confirmed it is working on a foldable phone, it has not officially given any information on its hardware specs. A few unconfirmed rumors roam the internet on this handset, however. One claims the phone will have a foldable 8-inch display, developed by Chinese display manufacturer BOE. Another claims the phone will have 5G wireless hardware.
If that’s true, it could mean there will only be a limited number of the phones that will be released, as the spread of 5G cellular networks will just be starting in 2019.
The Huawei foldable phone will probably have the company’s latest and most powerful in-house processors, the Kirin 980 chipset and the Mali-G72 GPU, which debuted earlier in 2018 with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
Finally, there are rumors the Huawei foldable phone will be branded as part of its Mate family. According to a story from Android Headlines, Huawei has applied to trademark a number of new brand names; the Mate F, the Mate Flex, the Mate Flexi, and the Mate Fold. Anyone of these could apply to a phone with a flexible display.
Again, that’s all we have to report so far about the upcoming Huawei foldable phone. We will be updating and expanding this post as more confirmed information, along with more credible rumors, are revealed over the coming weeks and months. More