Remember the Samsung Galaxy Fold? It debuted a week ago, as the first mainstream, big brand foldable phone, but it’s apparently a limited edition, priced at $2000. Huawei upped the ante at MWC 2019, by unveiling the Huawei Mate X, its own version of foldable smartphone. It’s bigger, sexier and… pricier.
The device has an 8 inch screen that folds on the side and has the folded part snap onto a sort of “stub”, that integrates the device’s camera. There’s a flexible 8 inch OLED screen here, available when the device is in tablet mode, opened up. When used in smartphone mode, it has a 6.6 inch screen and when you’re using the screen folded at the back you get a 6.38 inch diagonal.
The thickness is amazing here, a mere 5.4 mm in tablet mode and the device is much slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Even when folded, the 11 mm sound pretty OK. This is not just a foldable phone from Huawei, it’s also a 5G unit, courtesy of a Balong 5000 modem inside. Specs include a Kirin 980 CPU, a 4500 mAh battery with a crazy 55W charger.
The fingerprint scanner is integrated in the Power button and back to the screen panel, the 8 incher has a 2480 x 1220 pixels, showing us a square format. The 6.6 inch panel has a 2480 x 1148 pixel res. Huawei claims to have used a patented hinge design with over 100 components. Engineers needed 3 years to make this all happen.
The device can achieve up to 6.5/3.5 Gbps downlink and uplink speeds and there’s also a quad 5G antenna on board. There’s a triple camera here, powered by Leica optics, with a 40 MP, 16 MP and 8 MP sensor. Options are completed by the microSD card slot, WiFi ac and an USB Type-C port. Things aren’t perfect though, as this beast is priced at $2600. While the Galaxy Fold is coming in April, the Mate X is coming in June.