Samsung’s recent popular foldable phone the Galaxy Fold was announced only a few days ago and Huawei has launched it’s first foldable phone to go head on with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The Mate X from Huawei features a completely different design approach from Samsung’s phone with it’s screen folding outward rather than inward. The phone a single 8 inch 2480 by 2200 flexible OLED display that folds outward to give two displays.
When folded the front measures in at 6.6 inch 19.6:9 2480 by 1148 which essentially works as a regular phone and a back 6.38 inch 25:9 resolution 2480 by 892 display next to the camera grip.
When unfolded, the Mate X measures in at impressively thin 5.4mm thickness and functions like a tablet but with minimal bezels. All it’s cameras, a triple camera configuration for both selfies and rare shots are place on it’s think stripe on it’s right that acts as a grip when holding it in tablet mode. The fingerprint scanner and USB type-C port are also found on this stripe.
The Mate X is a 5G ready phone unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and it comes with four 5G antennas powered by Huawei’s new Balong 5G modem. It has 5G download speeds of up to 4.6 Gigabit per second about 10 times faster that standard 4G. Huawei says it’s modem is twice as fast as the current industry standard. The device is also powered by Huawei’s latest Kirin 980 processor with 8GB of RAM.
The phone features a massive 4500mAh battery split into two portions on either sides of the phone. Huawei also boasts of it’s new 55W SuperCharge technology shipped within the Mate X charger that supposedly charges the Mate X to 85% battery in just 30 minutes.
The Huawei Mate X is truly a device to look out for but the question remains about it’s durability especially having it’s display exposed at all time. Other than that, it appears to be a finished product and Huawei promises to let it out to consumers in the second quarter of this year starting at about $2600.