Huawei's zeal to keep journalists away from their new foldable Mate X phone came a little late today, and I was able to hold it for myself and fold it up. The hands-on experience with this device confirmed and deepened all of my feelings that I already had: it's a polished, refined physical design that brings us closer to the ideal of a folding block with minimal compromise. There are still big questions as to what the software UX will look like, how durable and scratch-resistant the wraparound display will be in the long run, and how long the battery will last if you take full advantage of this 5G tablet. I can not answer that today, but I can tell you what I know about the Huawei Mate X so far.
How does the screen feel?
The Mate X's OLED display is made of plastic and not glass like most smartphones today. This will be an inevitable feature of all foldable devices since glass can not be folded. Nothing on the plastic surface gave me problems or cause for concern. It has comparable friction and response to a normal glass-covered phone, and the only problem is the possibility of further scratches due to the softness of the plastic.
Viewing angles, contrast, saturation, vibrancy and uniformity look just as good as you find in most smartphones today. I find the plastic display a bit less reflective than its glass counterparts, which I like and prefer.
As for the all-important question, if I can see or feel the spine in the middle of the screen, where the fold is. The answer is "no". My time with the Mate X was not long enough to make a categorical statement, but this is definitely the flattest foldable I've encountered so far.