Barcelona — Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on Sunday unveiled a phone with a folding screen, just four days after rival Samsung became the first major handset maker to offer the feature. The phone, Mate X, will be compatible with the new fifth-generation wireless networks that are starting to be installed around the world, said Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group. “Our engineers worked on this screen for over three years,” he said at an event to present the new phone in Barcelona ahead of the start of the four-day Mobile World Congress trade fair in the Spanish city on Monday. The phone will be available in mid-2019 and has a price tag of €2,299 ($2,600). Yu acknowledged the price was “very expensive” but said the company was working to lower it. The Mate X’s display can fold back on itself to become a 6.6-inch display, slightly bigger than the screen on the foldable phone Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone seller, unveiled on Wednesday in San Francisco. Several...

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