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Huawei will unveil its foldable 5G phone at MWC 2019

A concept render for the Huawei foldable phone. (Source: YouTube)
A concept render for the Huawei foldable phone. (Source: YouTube)
Huawei held a press conference in Beijing yesterday, in order to familiarize its attendants with its plans for MWC and the roll-out of its 5G technology. The company's consumer business CEO, Yu Chengdong, announced that the company's long-awaited foldable phone would be unveiled at the international tech show. He also reported that Honor, Huawei's popular sub-brand, had exhibited a year-on-year growth of 170%.

Huawei's latest press conference, held yesterday in Beijing for the purposes of previewing what the company has for both MWC 2019 and the 5G roll-out, offered more details on its long-awaited foldable phone. This product, which will also be the OEM's first consumer-grade 5G device, will debut at the international electronics show. Two more products that support this next-gen radio band, the Tianyi chipset for 5G base stations and the Balong5000 single-chip multi-mode modem, were also unveiled at this conference.

Huawei also had news besides that on 5G to share. Its consumer business CEO, Yu Chengdong, also presented a talk on Honor and its most recent performance-related stats. Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei that offers devices with innovative takes on the main company's mobile device designs and hardware. It has also produced the first example of the OEM's punch-hole camera, in its current flagship the View 20. As a result, Honor is increasingly recognized and successful in numerous markets worldwide.

Yu reported that Honor's latest year-on-year growth figures stood at 170%. This is an impressive result, particularly in a mobile device market the CEO implied was shrinking at present. This sub-brand is also the top Chinese mobile device OEM in terms of online sales, a title it has held for nine contingous quarters now. The conference also presented some data on Honor's international data, which suggested that it has high rankings in terms of brand popularity in Germany, Russia and some other Western countries.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-25 (Update: 2019-01-25)