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Huawei takes on Samsung with 'thinnest' foldable smartphone

'Mate X' unfolds to 8-inch tablet and sports in-house 5G modem

Huawei's Mate X foldable phone can be opened into an 8-inch tablet that is thinner than the new iPad Pro. (Photo by Cheng Ting-Fang)

BARCELONA, Spain -- China's Huawei Technologies on Sunday entered the race to dominate the next generation of mobile technology with the launch of its eagerly awaited new foldable smartphone, claiming to have the world's thinnest flexible mobile while packing in next-generation 5G capability.

The launch on the eve of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the industry's biggest annual event, comes just days after Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy Fold flexible smartphone in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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