Huawei and Samsung are in an aggressive race to announce the first foldable smartphone and Huawei’s Ken Hu has just put in more sticks into the fire after saying that Huawei’s first foldable phone will also be its first 5G-capable phone.
And it will arrive earlier than expected with a mid-2019 launch (at a previous event Huawei promised its first 5G phone for the second half of 2019). Sub-brand Honor also has a 5G phone in the works.
Anyway, Hu highlighted the three major use cases for 5G: faster mobile broadband, lower latency and the Internet of Things.
Samsung’s CEO confirmed that a foldable phone will launch before the end of the year. The company also unveiled a 5G modem modem, which should also reach consumers by the end of the year (though it’s not clear if the foldable phone will be 5G-enabled or if they will be separate products).