Huawei CEO Claims Its Next Gen Foldable Smartphone Could Replace PCs

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Huawei's CEO is making some bold claims about its upcoming folding smartphone, which he is hoping will be able to beat Samsung's Galaxy X to market. But it's not just Samsung that Huawei is targeting; Microsoft could also be in the company's crosshairs with its folding smartphone.

In fact, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says that the device could end up replacing your Windows 10 desktop or notebook computer thanks to its versatility. “Why are you still using a computer?” said Yu, according to the German publication Die Welt. “Probably because the smartphone display is too small for you. We will change that. It is conceivable that a display can be folded out.”

A “PC replacement” is a big claim to make for what will be -- in all likelihood -- an Android-based smartphone, but Yu seems to think that this could be a big shift for computing. It’s likely that the machine will be powered by Huawei’s 7nm Kirin 980 SoC, so it will no doubt be powerful; but will it be enough to replace your PC as Huawei claims?

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Huawei's patent filing for a folding smartphone

"[The smartphone] is playing an increasingly important role in the lives of users. There is no device that is more personal. It will be the key, whether at work, in private life, when paying or entertainment. And with artificial intelligence it gets even smarter.”

In addition to the folding display and fast SoC, Huawei is also looking to leverage 5G technology with its folding smartphone. The company has its homegrown Balong 5G01 modem that pairs up with the Kirin 980, and it supports the 3GPP 5G standard. Huawei says that the 5G modem supports downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps.

“We’re going to see more of an evolution than a revolution when it comes to the devices,” Lu added. “We had just talked about real-time translations. They will also be possible because conversations can be sent to the cloud and back at lightning speed with very short response times.”

Samsung has already stated that its Galaxy X will be unveiled before the end of 2018, which means that Huawei doesn’t have much time left to steal the limelight with its own competitor. Perhaps we’ll here more info and perhaps get a sneak peek at the device when the upcoming Kirin 980-based Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are scheduled to be unveiled a little over a month from now.