Samsung's foldable is not for everyone, here's why

Sheri Evans
February 28, 2019

The Huawei Mate X is a pretty impressive piece of tech.

At the Mobile World Congress 2019, Huawei also launched a series of new products, including the an updated Huawei MateBook X Pro, new mainstream notebook PCs MateBook 13 and MateBook 14, as well as the 5G CPE Pro.

Although Huawei is touting the advantage of its Mate X over that of the Galaxy Fold, the pricing may remain an issue for consumers to replace their existing models for either the Mate X or Galaxy Fold.

"As a new breed of smartphones, Huawei Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience". With the Samsung Galaxy Fold the company is targeting only crème dela crème.

The Mate X's folded 6.6-inch front display matches the needs of consumers with large-size screen phones and is also larger than the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, Yu touted.

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We imagine select Samsung stores around the world will train their employees to educate customers about the phone's two screens, five cameras, its state-of-the-art hinge, and perhaps any limitations (like keeping it away from water). The cameras will be able to take selfies, using the dual displays.

The Mate X also supports dual-battery design with a combined battery capacity of up to 4,500mAh and supports 55W fast charging that can recharge up to almost 85% of the phone's power in 30 minutes, which is almost 600% higher than the iPhone XS Max in terms of performance. The Mate X can handle download speeds up to 7.5 Gbps.

Samsung will ship the first million units of 4G Galaxy Fold globally starting April, the availability of Mate X in India will depend on the 5G network provisions. Thanks to its 55w fast-charging system, it can charge from flat to 85% in under half an hour.

It's unclear what any of this means, as Beaumont didn't divulge further details but we're guessing Samsung is planning a specific process to sell this phone, including a more hands-on approach with individual customers where they learn about the phone's features, and any particular do's and don'ts. It will be 5.4 mm thick when folded out into the tablet shape. That translates into a €2 299 price tag (about R36 100). The smartphone is powered by company's own 7nm octa-core processor paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

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