Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Huawei reveals the foldable Huawei Mate X smartphone at WMC 2019

Foldable phones are all the rage as Samsung leads the way with the Galaxy Fold Huawei claims to have the world's fastest foldable 5G phone
Wayne Curry | 25 February, 2019, 06:19

Compare that to the 14mm Samsung Galaxy Fold and this is one svelte device.

The revelation that Huawei is discounting the United States as a market leaves American punters left choosing the Samsung Galaxy Fold if they want to get their hands on a folding phone. However, when you open the Mate X's fold, you'll get a huge 8-inch display with a almost square aspect ratio of 8:7.1 and a resolution of 2480×2200 pixels. Opening up the phone transforms the display into an 8-inch borderless screen with an 8:7.1 aspect ratio and 2480 x 2200 resolution.

When the phone is folded the "front" has a 6.6 inch display.

The Huawei Mate X is another standout piece of innovation and so is the asking price for this foldable smartphone. There is no notch here, just the display with its thin bezels and vivid, lively colors. Because the cameras are all lined up on this "bar", it means that the phone doesn't actually distinguish between rear and front cameras.

Huawei here has opted for a novel asymmetric design where one half of the screen is narrower than the other one.

Because you can always see at least one screen when folded, Huawei didn't need to add cameras to every side of the device. There's a big difference however: the Mate X's display folds on the outside of the device, as opposed to the Galaxy Fold's inward folding design. Samsung's Galaxy Fold falls slightly short of that, at 4,380 mAh. While many people will be perfectly fine with the gap, Huawei has the edge from an engineering standpoint. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be.

The spine hosts the Mate X's triple camera and also helps with handling - it's about 11mm thick, which is double the thickness of the rest of the device (5.4mm). That's pretty good going, and thinner than your average rugged smartphone.

Foldable phones are all the rage as Samsung leads the way with the Galaxy Fold

Huawei Mate X is powered by the company's in-house Kirin 980 chipset, which is coupled with their 5G-capable Balong 5000 modem.

"The world's fastest foldable 5G phone", it said. It can unfold to a completely flat state while on the back of it you would notice a narrow vertical strip that bulges out and gives you something to hold on to and get a firmer grip. The device will also have 55W SuperCharge, with claims that the Mate X can charge up to 85% of its battery in 30 minutes. That's a big step over Huawei's previous best effort, the 40W Super Charge feature in the Mate 20 Pro.

LG Electronics' president and head of mobile, Kwon Bong-seok, said recently that the brand wouldn't be doing anything dramatic as it looks to re-establish itself in the smartphone market - but also reiterated that LG was ready to go with a flexible phone when the opportunity was right.

Now the second largest smartphone maker in the world, it is also due to unveil a new range of flagship devices in Paris next month.

Priced at USA $2,600 (€2,299), it comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Samsung's foldable phone started at just under $2000 for the United States market so an Australian price will likely be north of $2500.

All of this contributes to a price tag that approaches two grand-the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 and will be available in the second quarter.

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