Announced today (Feb. 24) at Mobile World Congress 2019, the Mate X is an entirely new form factor for Huawei that uses two screens that then flip together and become an 8-inch tablet. During a pre-brief on Saturday I was able to get a first glimpse of the phone, and it was impressive to say the least, with most concerns about the design assuaged.
The main thing about the Mate X is that Huawei has chosen to avoid any and all screen cutouts. Hopefully, Huawei can iron that out before the phone/tablet goes on sale to the public later in the year.
Priced at $1,980, which translates to Rs 1.41 lakh in India, it will be available starting April 26. The Verge caught up with Samsung UK's director of product, services and commercial strategy, who told the outlet that the smartphone maker is planning a high-end, luxury rollout of the foldable - seemingly turning this into Samsung's version of what Apple attempted with its 2015 launch of the Apple Watch Edition, which started at $10,000. Huawei's panel, meanwhile, is completely uncovered whether the Mate X is folded or not.
Samsung hasn't revealed the thickness of the Fold, but Huawei's keynote included a slide which referred to it as "other foldable phone" and claimed a thickness of 6.8mm, giving a total of 13.6mm when closed. The device has what the company is calling a "Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge".
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Much like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the design is one that really stands out, but in Huawei's case, it seems to go beyond what Samsung showed, revealing a foldable phone that lacks the bezels nearly entirely, with the phone-side of the device adopting a look that has a side frame, instead of the small screen encased by bezels Samsung has gone for. To take a selfie, simply use the screen on the back. There was no white-gloves tenderness about his use of the device: he unfolded and folded the Mate X quickly and naturally, and I got no sense of any fragility about the slate.
Huawei is touting its uncompromised experience with this device, since there's no notch and cutout on the display.
The rumors were true: Huawei has entered the foldable fold, with the Huawei Mate X - a foldable phone that's packed with innovation including 5G connectivity and a fast-charging dual battery.
Equipped with the world's first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, the chipset has unprecedented 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical). There's 8GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage on this device. There appears to be a four-camera array in the sidebar.
In addition, while the Samsung phone appears to have a 17mm non-flat folding section when the Fold is folded into a more regular smartphone size, the Huawei phone folds to just 11mm. However, if you do lose out on charging the device, well, the 55W SuperCharge adapter is here to the rescue.