Huawei's Mate X Foldable Phone Is Its Answer To Samsung's Galaxy Fold

Huawei announces $3,425 foldable display Mate X smartphone

Huawei announces $3,425 foldable display Mate X smartphone

The Chinese phone maker launched its new, foldable gadget on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, an enormous gathering of the cellular trade in Barcelona.

It also demonstrates the handset's wireless charging capabilities, allowing users to power to other devices by laying it on the Galaxy Fold, as well as Samsung DeX, providing a more desktop-like experience when connected to a display using a USB-C cable.

Design wise, the Mate X easily beats the Galaxy Fold - there are no notches on the display, and you are getting an nearly edge-to-edge display design that looks really handsome. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold has its plastic display safe and secure when it's folded.

Samsung is also launching a cheaper version of its flagship called the S10e which doesn't feature the curved display or have a triple rear camera. Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world's second-largest handset maker past year.

The Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge uses over 100 components for a smooth, sleek finish. And when unfolded, you have some serious screen real estate for movie watching.

Inside, Huawei employs its 7nm Kirin 980 SoC with eight compute cores, a Mali-G76 GPU, and an NPU. 5G download speed can reach 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical), according to Huawei.

The Mate X has a Balong 5000 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB internal memory, which Yu commented would make it the "reference point for the 5G smartphones still to come".

The camera setup is worth highlighting. As usual for high-end Huawei kit, these are Leica design cameras. Chrome Extensions provide added functionality to the Chrome web browser, which can run on Windows, macOS, Linux and Chromebook devices.

A new, purpose-designed 4,500mAh battery is combined with the AI smart power saving technology for greater battery performance. There's super-fast 55W charging that will get this thing up and running quick with Huawei teasing it can charge 85% of its battery in just 30 minutes which is incredible. This smartphone offers the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, as well as the SIM-based networking.

It's worth noting that the Mate X's black "bezels" around the screen seems thinner than those of its rivals. Hopefully it is still working to get rid of the seam/bump/unevenness when opened up.

"Very expensive" is an honest observation: the Mate X, which also works with next-generation 5G networks, will cost €2,299 (A$3,660) when released mid-year.

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