The Huawei Mate X is evolving into a foldable phone that fixes our concerns about the remaining Samsung Galaxy Fold, but you should pay more.
We saw the Mate X smartphone and its folding Falcon Wing hinge in action, and although Huawei was not ready to let us touch it, we know a lot of details.
For one. it will be expensive With 512GB of internal memory and 8GB of RAM, it cost $ 2,299 (about $ 2,605, £ 1,996, $ 4,769). According to Huawei, it has been in business for three years and will be launched in the UK this year via Carrier EE.
It is ready to be one of many folding cell phones at MWC 2019. But from what we've seen so far, the Huawei Mate X is promising, claiming to be "the world's fastest folding 5G phone". We saw that.
The Huawei Mate X Foldable 8-inch Screen
The Huawei Mate X folds into an 8-inch Android tablet with a 6.6-inch screen and a 6-inch screen on one side. 4-inch screen (technically speaking, provides 6.38 inches) screen on the other when folded. Its screen size seems to be exactly what we can imagine from the future of folding.
This OLED display is larger than the Samsung fold, with 7.4 inches and a folded 4.6 inch centimeter screen … on just one side. Huawei knows that there is a winner in terms of size that Samsung can not address until Fold 2.
When the Huawei Mate X is unfolded, there is no cutout or corner cutout for the camera. Huawei's first foldable phone has a bezel-reduced FullView display.
The way it works is also a bit different. The 8-inch screen folds up to divide into two downward-facing, broken-off displays. Samsung's phone works inside, with an extra small outside screen.
Dimensions and Handle
Huawei refers to its sophisticated folding hinge as a Falcon Wing hinge. This allows the Mate X with only 5.4 mm thickness completely flat place. The company says the hinge contains 1
By comparison, this foldable phone is thinner in tablet mode than an iPad. Apple has only managed to reduce its form factor to 5.9 mm.
The Mate X, which, according to Huawei, is an "ergonomic curvature" has an outstanding grip. It's a good reason why this grip exists: firm, secure hold in the hand.
The handle is really for another good cause: many of the most important components are stored here. The camera system is here, so a 2-in-1 fingerprint sensor / on / off switch.
The Huawei Mate X is delivered in an interstellar blue color, according to the company, but you can only see it on the thin top and bottom and unfolded on the back. There is also a case to protect these screens. No word on whether the case is included for free.
Specifications and Battery Life
Huawei claims to have the fastest foldable 5G phone of the word, and that's not a claim to how quickly you can unfold and fold the thing. That's how it sounded at first sight.
No, the company proudly claimed "5G is on" in its highly charged Kirin 980 chipset, another blow to the fact that the Galaxy Fold will have a 4G LTE device on the market starting price. Samsung has not even mentioned the price for the 5G version.
It has the world's first 7nm 5G chip and features Quad 5G antenna design capable of delivering speeds of 4.6Gbps. You can download a 1GB movie in three seconds, says Huawei.
The company points out that these speeds are 10 times higher than the current 4G LTE capabilities, and it will be ready to complete in 2019 because they are currently building 5G networks, in other words capable of live testing.
Here are other Huawei Mate X specifications that were announced at the press conference: 512GB of internal memory, 8GB of RAM, and support for Huawei's smaller Nano memory cards.
The battery life is enormous despite the 8-inch screen with 4,500 mAh. It seems to be split into two parts, like the Galaxy Fold.
Although slightly larger than Samsung's battery capacity, the screen is larger and should be balanced.
The Mate X should also break records when charging. Huawei's 55-watt SuperCharge technology not only outperforms the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's 40-watt charge, it can reach a battery life of 85% in just 30 minutes.
The camera system
did not detail the number of cameras Huawei Mate X has, but its camera system is in the spin hinge, which ends with a USB-C port at the end.
The ideas behind the camera system foldable are impressive. You can finally see yourself taking a selfie with the main camera. You do not have to choose to blindly take a picture with the better reversing camera, and use an underpowered selfie camera with lower megapixel resolution.
If you take another photo of yourself, you can provide your hair with a live effect and adjust outlook. With the 6.6-inch screen, you can see what you see on the 6.4-inch page. This is a real use case of a folding telephone for average consumer.
Initial Thoughts on Price and Release Date
Huawei is known for undercutting the price of Samsung, Apple, and other leading smartphone makers. But it will actually be more expensive than the nearly $ 2,000 Galaxy Fold.
Obviously the technology inside is expensive, and the fact that it recruits 5G means it's expensive. Huawei has to convince us that its software is as good as or better than that of Samsung, which should make the multitasking in tablet mode as easy as possible. Learn more about the bendable screen durability. How does it last? Does the plastic cover scratch easily? Two external screens seem to be dangerous even in a case.
The official release date is not known yet. The Samsung fold will come out on April 26, so Huawei will likely soon be chasing after competing with this first real folding phone, later in 2019.
We're just as curious to see if you can buy it the US, where Huawei phones are not sold due to government pressure for potential espionage (or at least not easy to buy from reputable retailers in America).
The Huawei Mate X seems almost too good to be true some ways. It has a larger 8-inch screen, which is closer to today's tablets, and folds out with two screen sections similar to the size of the current flagship smartphone. That we can get behind us.
The durability remains next to the newly announced EE transporter details the biggest issue besides the availability. We will learn more about Huawei's first foldable in the next few days, as we will learn many more details at MWC 2019. is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, filled with the latest mobile phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar reports live all week from Barcelona to show you the latest news from the show. Visit our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases and TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice for your next phone.