New foldable phone coming? Huawei sets Feb. 24 virtual launch


Posted at Feb 21 2020 09:40 AM

New foldable phone coming? Huawei sets Feb. 24 virtual launch 1
A general view of Huawei's first global flagship store, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China. Aly Song, Reuters/file

MANILA -- Huawei will host a virtual product launch on Feb. 24, promising "seamless" artificial intelligence and teasing new devices, including the successor to its Mate X foldable smartphone.

Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's largest dealer of telecommunications equipment, was supposed to showcase its new tech and products during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 23, but the entire fair was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Huawei is launching new products 2 weeks after chief rival Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S20 series with revamped cameras to challenge the Chinese giant's P series. The successors to 2019's P30 and P30 Pro, believed to be called the P40 series, are due to be announced as early as March.

On its official Twitter page, Huawei Mobile teased an outline image of a folding device, with a form factor similar to 2019's Mate X, it's first commercially released foldable phone. The device will be "unprecedented," according to the post.

Samsung recently announced its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, which opens and closes like a makeup compact unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy Fold, which has a tablet form factor.

In another post, Huawei posted the outline of a laptop, promising "borderless" technology. The company recently released the Matebook D 15 laptop with slim bezels.

Huawei last year moved to tighten connectivity of its devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches and wireless earphones.