The Mate X uses Huawei's so-called "Falcon Wing" design with a stretchable hinge that transforms the smartphone from a 6.6-inch OLED smartphone into an 8-inch OLED tablet ,
The Mate X was designed by Huawei to fold in the opposite direction of the Samsung Galaxy Fold so that the display is visible on both the front and the back of the device when folded in the smartphone view is. The "wing" on the side accommodates the camera and leaves the Mate X-display without kerbfrei.
In the folded state, it measures 11 mm thick, but in the opened state the device is only 5.4 mm thick. A Leica camera with multiple lenses is included. Thanks to the design of the Mate X, the cameras of the front and rear cameras can use a camera system for selfies and back images of equal quality.
The Leica camera system includes a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. There is also a fourth camera that will be activated later.
Like Samsung, Huawei plans to focus on multitasking so that the Mate X can use the split screen. Samsung has developed an app continuity feature that opens the same app regardless of whether the Galaxy Fold is open or closed and Huawei may be planning something similar.
Huawei equips the Mate X with a 5G modem that allows connection to 5G networks to secure the future. Samsung's Galaxy Fold also offers a 5G option.
For biometric authentication, a fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power switch. According to Huawei, the Galaxy Fold has a 55W SuperCharge feature that boosts the supplied 4.500mAh battery to 85% in 30 minutes.
Samsung costs $ 1,980 for the Galaxy Fold, which shocked many people in the announcement, and as it turns out, the Mate X is even more expensive. Huawei will charge 2300 euros for the Mate X, which means a whopping $ 2,600.
While the Galaxy Fold will be available in late April, the Huawei version will not be released until June or July. It is unclear whether the Mate X will be available in the US, but given the Huawei's conflicts with the US government, this is unlikely.
There were rumors that Apple is exploring the folding-screen technology and that several folding smartphones are coming to market, which means the Cupertino company is busy with it, but right now there are no rumors that Apple plans to release a foldable smartphone in the near future. It is not yet clear whether the foldable smartphone trend will prevail and determine the future of the smartphone industry or whether it is a fad that will disappear in a few years.