CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei is squaring up to rival Samsung with the promise of a folding smartphone in 2019. We’re about to witness an exciting year in the history of the smartphone, as 2019 will bring us not only the first commercial foldable phones but also the first 5G devices, as carriers around the world will turn on their 5G networks. To add intrigue to mystery, Huawei just confirmed that its first foldable handset will also be its first 5G phone.Yu, which he didn’t reveal any details about the as-yet-unnamed smartphone, went on to claim that it could be large enough to replace the screen on your PC.At the launch event for the Galaxy Note 9 earlier this month, Samsung CEO DJ Koh told reporters that they “wouldn’t make the world wait too long” before launching a folding smartphone.
The brand doesn’t want to lose out on the bragging rights that come with being the “first” to go folding.Samsung’s folding phone is expected to use its flexible OLED display tech. Meanwhile, Huawei will reportedly use flexible screens from LG Display, according to ETNews. This would theoretically allow the phone and its screen to fold outward or inward on itself, unlike the Axon M which relies on two separate rigid screens and a hinge.A foldable design could also help phonemakers innovate new ways to use the device. The first brand to successfully define the foldable smartphone market will hold sway over early adopters looking to jump aboard the hottest trend.We have no idea whether Samsung’s first foldable phone will have 5G support, but Samsung did say the Galaxy S10, due in early 2019, won’t be its first 5G phone. Come November, we may learn more details about Samsung’s most exciting phone in years. But even if Samsung unveils the Galaxy F this year, you shouldn’t expect to see it in stores until later in 2019.