Oppo exec apparently confirms foldable phone for MWC 2019

The back of the Oppo R17 Pro

  • An Oppo executive has reportedly confirmed that it will announce a foldable phone at MWC 2019.
  • The executive also said Oppo would launch a 5G phone in Europe in the first half of 2019.

Oppo is no stranger to innovation in the smartphone space, having delivered the eclectic Oppo Find X earlier this year. The company isn’t stopping here though, as it’s reportedly got plans to announce a foldable phone in February.

Oppo product manager Chuck Wang apparently told Tweakers (via Let’sGoDigital) that the company would be announcing its foldable phone at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. Wang didn’t reveal any more details regarding the device, such as a launch window or specs.

The move comes a few weeks after Samsung showed off its foldable phone. Samsung’s effort features a 7.3-inch, 1536 x 2152 display when folded out, but also packs a 4.5-inch display (840 x 1960) on the front.

The news means we can expect even more foldable phones in 2019. Huawei has confirmed that it’s working on a foldable device, while Xiaomi and LG are also tipped to be working on the technology.

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Wang also told Tweakers that the company would launch its first 5G smartphone in Europe in the first half of 2019. It’s not known whether this would be an R-series device or part of its flagship Find range.

Finally, the product manager told the publication that it was also working on a phone with a circular cutout in the screen for a selfie camera (much like Samsung’s Infinity O display). This device is purportedly scheduled for 2020 — a while after Huawei is expected to launch its own device.

We’ve contacted Oppo to confirm its foldable phone plans and will update the article if/when we receive a response. Would you buy a foldable phone though? Let us know in the comments!

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Huawei CEO confirms it is working on foldable phones with 5G

The Huawei logo.

  • Huawei has confirmed it is working on a 5G foldable phone.
  • CEO Richard Yu made the admission at the Mate 20 Pro launch event.
  • The release date, however, remains a mystery.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has confirmed the company is working on a 5G foldable phone. When asked about foldable phones at the Mate 20 Pro launch event, the CEO answered: “We are working on foldable phones. Foldable phones with 5G,” reports Digital Trends.

We have long known that Huawei is working on both foldable phones and phones that support 5G. However, this is the first time we have seen the two technologies linked by the company.

Previous reports have suggested that Huawei could release its foldable phone at the beginning of next year. On the other hand, Huawei has said its first 5G compatible device won’t launch until June 2019.

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This could bring up the possibility that the company is working on two versions of its foldable phone: one with 5G support and one without. Alternatively, the release date of the foldable phone could quite simply have been delayed, something that wouldn’t exactly be unheard of in the world of foldable devices.

Giving its foldable phone 5G support makes a lot of sense for Huawei. The company is heavily invested in 5G technology and, as well as its phones, it is — sometimes controversially — involved in the supply of 5G infrastructure equipment.

The first 5G networks are currently set to begin operation by the end of the year. As well as Huawei, Samsung, LG, and ZTE are known to be working on phones that are 5G compatible.

Next up: 5G: When will your smartphone get it?