As soon as Samsung launched its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, its rivals started popping up. Huawei brought theirs, LG and Oppo also unveiled theirs. Right now, Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone is more of a better competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Why? It is more thinner than the Galaxy Fold, and it is also a 5G device.
The Huawei Mate X folds flatter that the Galaxy Fold as well. Launched at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, the phone is really a formidable device to its Samsung competitor.
It comes with an 8-inch wraparound OLED display, and its folded thickness is a mere 11mm. With a monstrous 4,500 mAh battery for a smartphone, the Mate X is also highlighted by a very new technology —the 5G spectrum.
The company gave it 3 cameras and used their self-made processor, the Kirin 980 chipset, on in the phone.
Key features of the Huawei Mate X
The Mate X’s single OLED display serves multiple duties. When you fold the phone, you will have a dual-screen smartphone. That is the second display goes on the back, and that allows you to shoot selfies with the main camera. If you are taking a photo of someone, they can also see how you are framing the photo from the back screen.
When you open up the Mate X, you get nearly a square tablet, with very minimal bezels on three sides.
One edge of the phone is made thicker to house the three cameras along with the accompanying flashlight. Also, the thicker part houses a push-button latch which secures the tablet in a closed position when folded.
This makes the Mate X keep it thickness down to a thin 5.4mm. When folded, the Mate X’s thickness measures just 11mm, because of the fact it has no gap in its fold.
Below is the displays and their sizes you are getting from this phone:
- 6.6-inch (19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2480 x 1148 resolution) main display, when folded.
- 6.4-inch (25:9, 2480 x 892) rear display, when folded.
- 8-inch (8:7.1, 2480 x 2200) main display, when unfolded.
Known specs of the Huawei Mate X
Though the Huawei’s foldable Mate X has a lot of details still hidden but we do know a few of its specs.
The processor, for instance, is Huawei’s Kirin 980. This is the same processor giving life to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Honor View 20. As reviewers claim, both phones are really quick and satisfyingly responsive; thus, the Mate X is expected to run the same way.
Aside that Kirin chip, the Mate X possesses Huawei’s own Balong 5000 5G modem. This allows the pairing of 7nm chips with as much performance just in the early chapters of 2019. Currently, 5G is still a baby invention, and it isn’t yet a thing for anyone to be excited about, but having it in the Mate X raises the phone’s position.
Huawei is a dual-SIM phone. It has a dual-SIM card slot, or you can add one of Huawei’s Nano-Memory Cards.
Battery and Charging
Huawei’s new 5G device comes with a monstrous 4,500 mAh battery giving users a long hours to enjoy their Mate X experience. The battery will definitely offer long hours, but it is not known exactly for how long in terms of everyday use.
On the side of charging, the battery is accompanied by an upgraded 55W version of Huawei SuperCharge. This upgraded version will top up the Mate X to 85 percent in just 30 minutes.
Unlike other top-notch mobile phones, Huawei did not place the fingerprint sensor underneath the screen. The company placed the fingerprint sensor on the power key on the side of the phone.
Less is known about Mate X currently
As far as the Huawei Mate X is concerned, there is a lot to be unveiled about it. The Mate X has the same Leica branding (which refers to Huawei’s smartphone camera’s techs), but it is still unknown what the actual specs are yet. As at the time of writing, it was still not known if the Mate X’s camera is the same specs as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro phone or not. But, Huawei’s Global Marketing head, Clement Wong, told a Vlad Savov of The Verge that the Mate X’s camera would be “on par” with the Mate 20 Pro’s performance.
Though, the Huawei executive is reported to have said “on par” but, it’s not clear because the Mate X is expected to be more powerful.
In a nutshell, the Huawei Mate X is going to be a marvellous phone when released. For the pricing, Huawei wants to start it at the crazy price of €2,299 (₵13,857) with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The phone will be released from the middle of this year.