Huawei confirms foldable phone with 5G for MWC, eyeing global supremacy this year

Huawei confirms foldable phone with 5G for MWC, eyeing global supremacy this year
Compared to the Galaxy S10 lineup, which is starting to look like the world’s worst kept secret well in advance of its February 20 official announcement, things have been rather quiet on the Huawei P30 series leak front... until just yesterday.

But believe it or not, the second-largest global smartphone vendor is also planning to unveil a different product we don’t know a great deal about at MWC 2019 in Barcelona next month. This comes straight from the company’s Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu (via Reuters), mind you, so you can already take it to the bank.

Like Samsung, Huawei wants to demonstrate its progress in the increasingly competitive foldable field in front of a large international audience with a device that’s almost ready for primetime.

The as-yet-unnamed Huawei foldable phone could be commercially released in April “at the earliest” with 5G connectivity in tow made possible by the company’s very own next-gen Balong 5000 modem.

It’s not clear at the moment what kind of numbers Huawei might be aiming for with the initial production run of this mysterious foldable device. The Samsung Galaxy Fold (or Galaxy F), for instance, is gunning for at least one million units, which may not sound like a lot, but given the complexity of these designs, is actually pretty impressive.

We also don’t know if one or several variants of the more conventional Huawei P30 will offer 5G support, but what’s obvious is none of these remarkable products are headed for the US. Which isn’t stopping the company from dreaming big after selling a massive 208 million smartphones worldwide in 2018.

While market research firms are expecting Huawei to consolidate its second place in the global vendor rankings this year, the controversial Chinese tech giant has its sight set on complete world domination.

Richard Yu strongly believes Huawei will be number one in the world “at the earliest this year, and next year at the latest”, claiming the pressure put on the brand by “politics guys” isn’t getting to customers, which continue to put their “trust and confidence” in Huawei’s arguably great phones.

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6 Comments

1. Nionx

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

If their tri-fold design is cheaper than Samsung's offering, I'd definitely look into it. Just need to wait to get the official details on both

2. Knownhost

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

Allegations of shady practices are enough to keep many American from considering one of their products. It's unfortunate. Their phone offer a lot of features and good, modern designs at a very competitive price.

3. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I wonder how competitive their top end prices are compared to Samsung. The Mate and P series are as expensive as Note and S series but Huawei is considered cheap

4. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I question about that "modern design" and that "competitive price".

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Global supremacy (excluding the USA)...... LOL

6. Demo-jay

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

I bet they are gonna wait to see how Samsung does it and they copy and improve design and hardware..that’s how they excel

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