MWC 2019: Huawei Mate X may be a better foldable phone than the Galaxy Fold

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The highly anticipated Mobile Week Congress kicked off in the early hours of yesterday, and while the event is still in the early stage, we are beginning to see a lot of wonders going on in the tech-realm

Just a few a days after the big Samsung Unpacked event, where the new Samsung Fold was unveiled and launched alongside other flagships of the brand, one would imagine if any other smartphone will be able to match up with the Samsung’s latest flagship, however, Huawei may just have proven everyone wrong by unveiling its own version of foldable phone at the just-started MWC.

The Huawei Mate X as it is been called sets out to be the next biggest competitor of Samsung, considering that it has a household name that matches up with that of Samsung in terms of market visibility. The Mate X packs everything required to beat a household-brand like Samsung. Unlike Samsung Fold, the Mate X host a bigger screen and folds flatter than any other foldable we have seen so far. The Mate X has an 8-inch wraparound OLED display, a folded thickness of a mere 11mm, and a formidable spec sheet highlighted by 5G, a 4,500mAh battery, and Huawei’s in-house Kirin 980 processor.

The single OLED display of the Mate X actually serves triple duty. When the device is folded, you essentially have a dual-screen smartphone, with the second display on the rear allowing you to shoot selfies with the main camera or to share what’s on your primary display with a person on the other side. Open up the Mate X, and you get an almost square (but not quite) tablet that has minimal bezels on three sides.

If you check the Mate X critically, you  would notice that it was built with a durability mindset, and of course, it is a fragile version of the fold especially as it hosts its screen on both sides of the fold; this simply means that you have to be more careful with handling the device to avoid unnecessary scratches on both side of the device. One of the sides is reserved for a thicker grip section that houses the three cameras, their accompanying flash, and a push-button latch that secures the folded tablet in a closed position. This approach keeps the thickness of the main chassis down to an impressively thin 5.4mm. Even when folded, the Mate X measures just 11mm in thickness, thanks in large part to the fact it has no gap in its fold.

Here are the other specs we do know as of now: the processor at the heart of the Mate X is Huawei’s Kirin 980, the same one as in the Mate 20 Pro and the Honor View 20 that I recently reviewed. Both are superbly quick and responsive phones, which I belive would do better than a Samsung Fold. Alongside that chip is Huawei’s own Balong 5G modem, making for a pairing of 7nm chips with as much performance as early 2019 allows for. 5G isn’t yet a thing for anyone to be excited about, but its inclusion underscores the Mate X’s positioning as a device from the future. Yes, you can wait until the 5G rolls out in its massive to enjoy a maximum functionality. Furthermore, It has a dual-SIM card slot, or you can add one of Huawei’s customized Nano-Memory Cards. While we can’t tell if the new Mate X will also come with a reverse-charging capacity like the latest Samsung flagships, it is important to know that the Mate host a stronger battery with up to 4,500 mAh which beats any of the latest Samsung flagships.

Huawei is pricing the Mate X at €2,299 ($2,608), which is quite far more that the Galaxy fold that is slated below $2000, The Mate X with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, will roll out sometimes in the middle of the year.

 

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