It's been reported that just about everyone is working on a foldable phone at the moment, from Samsung to an LG-Lenovo partnership. Now, Huawei has confirmed rumours that it also intends to release a fold-up phone – and it'll be 5G-capable.
According to Digital Trends, in a group media interview at the Mate 20 launch, Huawei CEO Richard Yu outright stated "We are working on foldable phones. Foldable 5G phones" before going on to say that they're "not commercialised yet."
Presumably noticing that he'd dropped a major news bomb, Yu then pivoted back to the surprise news of the day: the massive Mate 20 X. Digital Trends reckons this is a sign that the foldy phone will be a similar size to the 20 X, which has a 7.2-inch screen and was compared with the Nintendo Switch at the launch.
We doubt the subject-switch was a hint about size or form factor, sadly – Yu was probably just doing his job of promoting the fully-realised products the event was about. That said, it is interesting that the Mate 20 X is so named, since Samsung's long-rumoured foldable phone is known as the Galaxy X. Then again, everything's gone a bit X lately, right Apple?
The existence of a folding 5G prototype is no guarantee that it'll ever see the light, but if fold-up phones become the megatrend that the latest rumours suggest they might, it makes sense that Huawei will want to be ready to jump on the bandwagon. The company has previously commented that they'd only make a folding phone if there was a real consumer benefit, which suggests they now think there might be.
What do you think – are you excited about the possibility of fold-up smartphones, or is it another flash-in-the-pan gimmick from Silicon Valley? Let us know in the comments.