At a time when foldable smartphones are set to become the next trend, Chinese handsets brand Huawei is said to be showcasing a prototype a early as at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC). Huawei is also rumoured to have readied a prototype for showcase at next year premier consumer electronics event.
As per a GSMArena report, that quotes ET News (translated), the rumoured Huawei phone is also said to be 5G capable; this arouses interest as far as 5G is concerned due to the fact that handsets with 5G compatibility from multiple brands are speculated to be showcased and launched in 2019. Hence, if the Huawei 5G foldable phone is indeed showcased (and launched) next year there could be a healthy 5G smartphone battle.
As far as the Huawei prototype is concerned, it is rumoured to feature an 8-inch foldable screen; further reducing the real estate when folded. Other technical details are even yet to surface at this point in time.
Nonetheless, with all the hype surrounding the purported launch of 5G smartphones in 2019, the MWC 2019 could very well turn into a platform where 5G smartphones are unveiled; but, things could change as well; and the premiere conference could also witness handsets incorporating strange prototypes; rather than the speculated 5G network compatibility.
In related developments, South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung is also expected by technology loyalists to unveil a 5G-enabled phone during MWC 2019. One of these handsets is also rumoured to be a premium device with 6 cameras ; offering 5G. This phone could also be the next-gen Galaxy S10 that could be launched during the tenth-year anniversary of Samsung’s Galaxy S series of high-end smartphones.
Also, OnePlus could launch a new 5G smartphone next year; which may not be the OnePlus 7. In sync with this, chip maker Intel recently showcased a 5G modem called the XMM 8160 that is claimed to support up to 6 gigabits per second (Speed). The download speeds could range up to a maximum of 8 Gbps; with backwards compatibility for current-gen network standards viz LTE, HSPA, and GSM. Commercially, the Intel XMM 8160 is slated to start shipping by late 2019.