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Honor may hold off on the foldable trend for a while

Honor may stick with more inflexible phone designs for now. (Source: Honor)
Honor may stick with more inflexible phone designs for now. (Source: Honor)
Huawei has officially confirmed that it has a foldable 5G mobile device to show off at MWC this year. However, it appears that its sub-brand Honor is less enthusiastic about the new trend in phone design. Speaking at the View 20's international launch, the brand's president, George Zhao, could not say what a folding phone can offer just yet.

Huawei has confirmed that it will be one of the first OEMs to have foldable phones in 2019. They will showcase the first generation of this new form-factor at MWC 2019. The company has also stated that it will also be the first Huawei consumer product to be compatible with 5G. As a sub-brand of this company, Honor may also have ready access to foldable technology for its next generations of phones. However, this group seems nonchalant about the prospect.

George Zhao, the president of Honor, was present at the View 20's global launch in Paris. In an interview with TechRadar, the executive seemed ambivalent about the concept of the flexible phone. He conceded that, ""From a technology point of view, it’s good but why do we need a foldable phone? What can the experience offer the user?". The Honor president also wondered aloud if a foldable phone worked out to 2 phones in one in real-world use, and speculated that this may be "too thick and not convenient". 

On the other hand, Zhao did also state that Honor was "looking into foldable phones deeply". Therefore, it may release a device with this next-gen feature, but perhaps only when, as Zhao intimated, when its user experience would be worthwhile. In the meantime, the Honor View 20 brings a novel specification of its own to enjoy: the punch-hole front-facing camera that may replace the notch in more and more phones to follow it this year.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-26 (Update: 2019-01-26)