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Huawei to debut gaming-focused, foldable, 5G phones soon

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Huawei has some big and ambitious plans for its smartphone lineup this year and beyond. At a recent press conference in China, where bloggers and media representatives from the Philippines were in attendance, Revü’s own Alora Uy Guerrero asked the company’s president for consumer business Jim Xu when Huawei will come out with gaming and foldable devices.

Xu revealed that a gaming-focused phone will be launched later in 2018 while a foldable device and one with support for 5G will be out by 2019.

The point where we at Revü asked Huawei president for consumer business Jim Xu when they’ll launch a gaming phone. The interview took place on June 29, 2018, at the Huawei HQ in China.

We at Revü also asked Huawei president for consumer business Jim Xu about the launch timelines for their foldable and 5G-enabled phones. Watch for his exact answer

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Of course, it hasn’t escaped us that Huawei sub-brand Honor introduced the gaming-focused Honor Play earlier this month, which could mean Huawei will double down on the features that will make the phone appealing to its niche market.

They could include an aggressive design adorned with dancing LED lights; a bright and fast display; advanced cooling solutions; controller and dock compatibility; and, not the least of all, graphics performance well beyond what most phones are capable of.

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What we’re pretty sure of is that the upcoming device will support Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology, which is said to boost performance by 60 percent while improving power consumption by 30 percent. GPU Turbo will be available on select Huawei and Honor phones and tablets via a software update that should be released in piecemeal fashion from August 2018.

Additionally, Huawei’s first gaming phone might include the rumored HiSilicon Kirin 980 that’s being built on a more refined 7nm manufacturing process compared to the 10nm process used to make the Kirin 970. Word has it that production has also started on the new 7nm processor for Apple’s next iPhones. A smaller process translates to tinier transistors, allowing OEMs like Huawei to create a chip that consumes less power and produces less heat.

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As for the foldable Huawei device, nothing else has been revealed about it just yet. It’s likely still in the early stages of development. Samsung has been working on one for years now, with a release penciled in for next year. LG and Motorola have patented theirs as well.

Same is true for the Huawei 5G-enabled smartphones. Since we’ll still be in the pre-5G phase from 2019 to 2020 and “real 5G” is to be expected in 2021, we don’t think the company will release one this year even if Xu said that Huawei handsets with support for 5G will be launched “by 2019.”

(With report from Alora Uy Guerrero)

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 13 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.