After Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold at Unpacked 2019, it is now time for Huawei to show off its own foldable smartphone. At MWC 2019, the company unveiled the Huawei Mate X, which comes with a curved OLED display that can be used in three ways, a slim form factor, Kirin 980 chipset with 5G support and Leica-branded optics, among other things.
Unlike the Samsung Fold which sees its Infinity Flex display fold on the inside of the device and revealing a secondary display on the outside, the Mate X has only one large display that folds on the outside. Like the Royole FlexPai, the Mate X’s display can be folded like a book, thereby offering a display on the front and back.
When unfolded, the Mate X sports an 8-inch (2480×2200) display. The display is folded with the help of a hinge, which Huawei calls a new Falcon Wing design. When folded, you get 6.6-inch 19.5:9 and 6.38-inch displays on either side. Huawei says that no matter how you view the display, you will get a borderless, full view experience with no notch and barely any bezels.
In its unfolded state, the Mate X offers a 5.7mm thickness, which goes to 11mm when the device is folded. The power button on the side embeds a fingerprint sensor. The Mate X’s large 8-inch display aims to offer efficient multitasking experience and the ability to see apps in large screen format.
The mate X offers Leica-branded cameras that have been placed on the back side of the hinge. The placement allows one to fold the device and capture super sharp selfies. The design also allows the subject to view the portrait shot being taken from the two-way display.
The Mate X is powered by Huawei’s flagship Kirin 980 chipset. This is paired with a Balong 5000 router, and Huawei claims it is the world’s fastest 5G smartphone. The foldable smartphone houses a 4,500mAh battery that is split into two to allow the device to bend. Huawei has also introduced a 55W fast charging tech which can charge up the device to 85 per cent in 30 minutes.
The Mate X with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage has been priced at EUR 2,299 and will be available sometime in the middle of 2019.