After so many rumours and much speculation, the age of the folding phone is finally here. Royole, Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi have already showed off some sort of folding device, and now Huawei has confirmed it has one ready to be shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Huawei's foray into the world of foldable phones was confirmed back in October, but it had been rumoured for a while. Initial reports suggesting it was rushing to try and beat Samsung's Galaxy Fold and be the first company to get to market. Despite being beaten by Royole, and the fact it swore never to make a folding phone for the sake of it, the rumours continued. Now the speculation can end, because it's definitely happening in about a month.
This announcement comes from Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer division, at the company's Chinese 5G launch:
“We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphone with foldable screen.”
Huawei confirmed that the phone will be 5G capable, and will use the company's newly announced Balong 5000 modem, but that's about all we know. Thankfully Huawei's MWC press conference is exactly a month away, and that's the most likely place for a big product launch like this. I'll be at that press conference, so we'll be able to bring you all the news as we hear it. [Ubergizmo]