Huawei's foldable 5G phone Mate X launched at MWC 2019: Key highlights

Sheri Evans
February 25, 2019

The tagline, "World's first foldable 5G smartphone".

Mobiles expert Ru Bhikha said that although the higher price of Huawei's device may deter some, the greater array of technology in its phone gave it an advantage over Samsung's Galaxy Fold.

Samsung, meanwhile, said that the new phones and wearable devices like the Bluetooth-connected Galaxy Buds that fit into a person's ears will be shown on electronic billboards in New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Moscow.

Unfolded, the Mate X becomes a full 8-inch tablet with a resolution of 2,480 by 2,200; the ledge turns into an ergonomic grip that sits on the back of the phone. - Let's remind you that the X here is pronounced as "EX" and not TEN like in the case of the Apple iPhone - Mate X will now be available in Interstellar Blue colour but more variants are expected in future - The selfie camera in the Mate X is a Lieca camera and Huawei claims it is "best-in-class".

The first is that Huawei didn't need to equip with Mate X with a third screen as we saw on the Galaxy Fold, because when closed, the Mate X's 8-inch 2480 x 2200 bendy screen simply transforms into two displays in front and back measuring 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch, respectively. Huawei is using something called a Falcon Wing design for its folding process that allows the screen to fold from underneath to create the bigger screen. It's calling it the 'World's Fastest Foldable 5G Phone'. The second screen is also useful as it can show your subjects a real-time preview of the photograph.

The Mate X comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset, while running Android 9.0.

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Before we delve into the internal specifications, you should know that Huawei has done everything in its power to prevent the Mate X from getting bulky.

Those blistering speeds come as the result of Huawei having expertise making both cellular modems for mobile devices, and the networking equipment those cell networks run on. Huawei reckons a 1GB movie will take around three seconds to download on this device over 5G.

Mate X comes with an upgraded 55W version of Huawei SuperCharge, which supposedly charges the phone to 85% in 30 minutes.

"That said, no matter how innovative and technology-advanced the new device is, it will take a lot more time for a critical mass of consumers to experience the benefits of foldable phones and 5G technology".

For example, whereas the Fold's screens are compromised - the exterior features a skinny and small 4.6-inch screen with huge bezels all around it and the unfolded larger interior screen has a cutout for the selfie cameras in the upper right - the Mate X's screens are larger and stretch closer towards the edges in all modes.

- Triple lens Leica camera system.

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