Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Huawei launches $3655 foldable 5G phone the Mate X to rival Samsung

Huawei launches $3655 foldable 5G phone the Mate X to rival Samsung

But Huawei has knocked out Samsung Fold in the hinge technology, helping the device completely fold flat at the back of the phone. The HUAWEI Mate X's dual SIM feature supports both 4G and 5G. It's calling it the 'World's Fastest Foldable 5G Phone'.

The phone, Mate X, will be compatible with the new fifth-generation wireless networks which are starting to be installed around the world, said Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group.

The Chinese firm's Mate X, launched during the ongoing Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, is fitted with an 8-inch external screen that wraps around the smartphone body when folded outward.

Check our video out down below. In the unfolded position, the Mate X bears an 8-inch tablet OLED display. My overriding concern about foldables is that they'll fail to be perfectly flat when actually opened up, but the Mate X again stands up to scrutiny. And the exterior 4.6-inch display looks kind of ridiculous from the outside, with its obscenely large bezels and downsized UI elements to fit everything in that tiny space. The device, called the Mate X, comes just four days after the fanfare of Samsung's similar Galaxy Fold device.

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Many standard smartphone features are included on the device, including a fingerprint scanner, but it also boasts six cameras in total - three on the rear, two on the inside and one on the front of the device. The US has told European countries that it may find it hard to work with anyone who uses Huawei products in their networks after raising security concerns about the company. At €2,299 (about £2000 and $2600, then), it's even more expensive than the $1980 Samsung Galaxy Fold. For starters, Huawei said the phone was "ultra slim" and "ultra-compact" "opening to just 5.4mm thick and folding to a slimline 11mm".

"No, ' he replied simply, before going on to describe the €2,229 (£2,000) smartphone as launching 'a new era" in mobile technology.

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.

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