It’s 2019 and its the year to see different 5G smartphones with wonderful specifications, Huawei’s first foldable 5G smartphone is here. The new Huawei Mate X was formally announced at a pre-MWC conference in Barcelona.
Huawei has also provided a two-in-one camera that is powered by Leica optics.
“With Huawei Mate X, we bring the future of design and the future of technology,” Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, at the pre-MWC conference.
Huawei claims that the Mate X has a patented hinge design with over 100 components. To bring the new foldable design, Yu at the conference mentioned that Huawei’s engineers took three years.
Huawei Mate X has three ways to use on 8-inch screen, three cameras and an interesting design that gives you a grippable base for one-handed use.
The N936,000 phone is also 5G-ready, while the N712,800 Galaxy Fold will come in either 4G or 5G configurations.
Huawei will start selling the Mate X in the middle of 2019, while Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will be available for sale starting April 26. Huawei hasn’t announced carrier partners just yet.
Huawei’s Mate X is a phone that can be mostly uses in its “closed” position, but open up when you want to be entertained or more productive.
There’s a screen on the back that could be useful for taking selfies: The phone’s four rear cameras have been co-designed with Leica.
The “main” screen configuration is a 6.6-inch display that Huawei thinks you’ll use most.
Unfold it outward to get an 8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with no notch (there is a camera, though).
When it’s folded up, the back is a slightly smaller 6.4-inch screen and a sidebar with the rear camera array.
In the open position, the sidebar becomes a grippable handle, which Huawei whimsically calls the “Falcon Wing” design because of its swooping shape.
The idea is to hold the Mate X one-handed, and use your other hand to tap and swipe.
The Huawei Mate X has 512GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.
In addition, Huawei has also made a case that will cover the Mate X’s sides and back in its folded form, leaving an open window for the 6.6-inch display. In some countries, the case might come in the box.
5G speeds are a big talking point for Huawei, and the Mate X uses the company’s in-house Kirin 980 processor and Balong 5000 5G modem chip.
Right now Huawei says that the Mate X will download content four times faster than the current 4G connection, so about 1GB in 3 seconds.
So what do you think?
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