Samsung, Huawei and LG are the three companies that are expected to unleash foldable smartphones early in the coming year. The other company that will be launching a foldable phone at the start of the coming year is OPPO. OPPO’s Product Manager Chuck Wang has confirmed that the company will be using the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 tech expo platform in February to announce its first foldable smartphone. Wang only confirmed the arrival of the OPPO’s foldable phone without sharing information on its specifications and release date. Hence, there is no confirmation on whether the foldable phone from OPPO will be equipped with fold-in design like Samsung’s foldable phone or fold-out design like Huawei’s foldable phone. A report that had surfaced coupled of months ago had suggested that Samsung may allow OPPO and Xiaomi to use its Infinity Flex Display. Hence, there is a possibility that OPPO’s foldable phone may support fold-in design. Wang has revealed that the company will be launching its first 5G smartphone in the starting six months of 2019. It is speculated that the upcoming Find series smartphone with flagship specs may carry support for 5G connectivity. Europe will be the first market to receive it.
The other vital information that has been shared by Wang is that the company is working on a new design of screen embedded front-facing camera. The innovative display is expected to be ready until 2020. Recent reports have revealed that other Chinese smartphones like Xiaomi and Lenovo are also working on smartphones with foldable displays. Hence, it appears that 2019 will be the year of foldable displays. By the second half of the year, a greater number of phones may come with support for 5G connectivity. (source|via)