13 February 2019
Huawei had earlier stated that it was working on a foldable smartphone, and will be unveiling it at the MWC 2019. The Chinese smartphone maker has now issued a press invite for the event at 2 pm CET on February 24, 2019, in Barcelona, a day before MWC 2019.
Huawei’s invite depicts a foldable smartphone's hinge, hinting at its foldable design. The invite was shared on the official Huawei Mobile Twitter handle which shows the silhouette of a foldable smartphone's hinge, which means that the Huawei will launch the foldable phone at the event on February 24, 2019, in Barcelona.
The Chinese smartphone maker's foldable smartphone will come with an in-house HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC and the Balong 5000 modem.
Rumors of Huawei allegedly working on a foldable smartphone had emerged for the first time in Q4, 2017. Huawei which has been facing tough times aims to get a heads up in the market by launching a foldable smartphone before other tech giants. South Korean giant Samsung is planning to unveil its Galaxy S10 flagship devices at the Unpacked event on February 20, along with the foldable Galaxy smartphone.
According to rumors, Huawei’s foldable phone will have a 7.2-inch display and the company plans to manufacture 24,000 and 30,000 units of the upcoming smartphone in the initial phase. Apart from Huawei, Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi are also planning to launch foldable smartphones this year.