Mate X: Huawei’s $2600 Foldable 5G Smartphone Debuts at MWC 2019

Huawei announces $3,425 foldable display Mate X smartphone

Samsung introduced its first foldable handset on February 20, along with its Galaxy S10 series, while Huawei did the same yesterday at MWC 2019, as the company announced the Mate X smartphone.

Foldable smartphones have always been a concept inked to come true since 2016.

The Chinese tech giant is going as far as calling its foldable phone "the world's fastest foldable 5G phone". But then the Mate X does seem like a much better product than the Galaxy Fold.

Open and close. Open and close.

The Huawei Mate X has an 8-inch OLED display when it's unfolded.

Look, no big ugly bezels! It could be quite hard for users who have been using a 5-inch device downgrading themselves to use a 4.6-inch device like Galaxy Fold in its normal status. This process appears to lead to a more thin and compact design with the folded phone measuring in at only eleven millimeters thick, while the phone measures only 5.4 millimeters when in tablet mode.

Huawei launched the device at its Mobile World Congress keynote on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

On Monday, Brian Shen, VP at Oppo took to Weibo and gave us our first look at their yet unnamed foldable phone.

Phone manufacturers have been gearing up for the 5G era, and Huawei is among them.

The magic happens underneath the display on the back, where what Huawei is referring to as its Falcon Wing Hinge design is found.

When closed the Mate X has a 6.6in screen comparable with today's top-end phones. However, it could also be a reference to a 4G LTE Note variant, since 5G technology won't exactly be ubiquitous by year's end. Just to be clear, this means that microSD card isn't compatible with the device. Think of it like a rolled-up magazine. In fact, the Mate X will have that issue as it has a larger cover display. For 5G connectivity, it has Huawei's own Balong 5000 5G modem which offers dual-SIM connectivity as well. A 1GB movie can be downloaded in three seconds.

Huawei is offering the Mate X with 8 GB of RAM and 512 of storage for $2600. In just 30 minutes, HUAWEI SuperCharge is able to charge the battery back to 85 percent.

There are no camera bumps on this phone and the fingerprint sensor is directly on the power button.

Thickness is another talking point for gadget lovers with regard to foldable screen phones.

Huawei made no mention of how durable the phone is (though it did show off a special case for it) or how well third-party Android apps work on the various display modes.

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