Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

China's Huawei unveils 5G phone with foldable screen

China's Huawei unveils 5G phone with foldable screen

What sets the Mate X apart from the Samsung's Galaxy Fold is that the display spans edge to edge when both folded and unfolded, thus creating a more immersive effect.

We saw a similar concept on the Royole Flexpai at CES but that was a mere prototype - Huawei is fully flexing its might here, and the Mate X is leagues ahead and ready for market.

The Huawei Mate X is another standout piece of innovation and so is the asking price for this foldable smartphone.

When folded the Huawei Mate X looks like a "normal" phone that has two screens, front and rear. It has a groove called a sidebar that allows you to hold the phone from one end.

The phone includes the company's 7nm Balong 5000 5G modem. It could be seen as the next-gen implementation of the dual display phones that we've seen in the past couple of months. Let's hope that they don't make that mistake again, especially when Samsung's now the one offering more RAM, more cameras, and an nearly inevitably superior display.

There are no camera bumps on this phone and the fingerprint sensor is directly on the power button. Instead the camera is built into a side-bar which sits on the back of the phone when unfolded, which also stores its 5G antenna and power jack. When the device is folded, the main part becomes 6.6” with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 pixels, which is the already known ratio of 19.5:9.

The Mate X's screen wraps around the outside so users can still view it when it's closed, unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a screen that folds shut.

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The Mate X display form factor is an almost-square 8 to 7.1 when open, with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels. Folded, meanwhile, the phone is 11mm thick. This has been made possible by the Falcon Wing design, a patented 100-component hinge mechanism. It's to be noted that the devices that were presented were still early designs - so Huawei might be able to iterate here and provide something more robust in commercial units.

The Huawei Mate X will be available in mid-2019 for 2299 Euros. With 55W charging, the Mate X can fill 85 percent of its 4,500mAh battery in just 30 minutes. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be. But it's also more functional-it's a mini tablet and smartphone in one.

"Following Samsung's much hyped Galaxy Fold announcement on Wednesday, it seems that "foldables" are the flavour of the season". Huawei is using Leica lenses its commitment to the lens giants.

The Mate X's insides are equally as impressive. And there's a Kirin 980 processor on board.

"The world's fastest foldable 5G phone", it said.

"With the advent of the all-scenario era, consumers are increasingly looking forward to revolutionary experiences", said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, who you can hear more from in the video below.

And that's aside from any hardware issues that might arise over time such new technologies, like wear and tear on the hinge, and scratches on the plastic-coated flexible display.

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