The stakes are high for Huawei as it battles with Samsung and Apple to maintain its place among the world’s most innovative smartphone company. At a packed show in Barcelona, Spain, the Chinese tech giant uncovered the Mate X, which it called the world’s fastest 5G folding phone.
The announcement came just days after Samsung showed the Galaxy Fold in San Francisco. The Mate X isn’t about specs or how brilliant the cameras are; The idea is to show a smartphone that belongs to the future.
Check out our first Huawei Mate X video
The Mate X uses two screens that are then flipped together and turned into an 8-inch tablet. But the smartphone of the future isn’t cheap, with an entry-level model costing well over $ 2,600. Still, the level of hype surrounding the Mate X is enough to get everyone excited about the future of phones. smart.
Although Huawei did not allow journalists to test the device, we got a closer look at the Mate X demo. Here’s everything you need to know about the Mate X.
Huawei Mate X: Design and display
Like Samsung, Huawei also uses a foldable OLED screen in the Mate X, but the Mate X has some advantages over the Galaxy Fold in terms of design. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which opens like a book to offer a tablet-like experience, the Mate X allows the larger screen to fit the device.
When opened, the Mate X shows an 8-inch screen and its screen resolution is 2480 × 2200. Comparatively, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has a smaller 7.3-inch screen. When closed, the phone is separated into two screens: 6.6-inch 2480 × 1148 screen on its front and 6.38-inch 2480 × 892 screen on the back.
When unfolded, it becomes an 8-inch tablet, which is thinner than the new iPad Pro. The aspect ratio of the three screens is as follows: 19.5: 9 for the main screen, 25: 9 for the rear, and 8: 7.1 for the tablet.
This design approach is interesting, as it eliminates the need for a secondary display like the one found on the Galaxy Fold. I didn’t get a chance to touch the device, but the phone appears to be very thin.
In tablet mode, the Mate X is just 5.4mm thick. When you fold the device in half, this is all 11mm thick, which is thicker than most traditional phones, but this isn’t one of them.
Given the fact that the larger screen wraps around the outside of the device, instead of being enclosed on the inside; It is based on a patented “Falcon Wing Hinge” design that connects the two pieces together. The approach is very similar to that of the Surface Book’s dynamic fulcrum joint.
Next to the secondary display is a bar on the outside, which houses the Leica brand cameras and other components. This bar is designed primarily for extra grip as it gives you extra rigidity when holding the tablet in one hand.
There is no front camera. Instead, the secondary screen acts as a viewfinder when taking a selfie. And that’s not all, the secondary screen also acts as a mirror when you take a photo of someone. The power button and fingerprint reader are on the side, which means that there is no notch on the screen.
Huawei Mate X: Hardware and battery
Huawei Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 processor and a Balong 5000 modem for 5G connectivity. Huawei claims that a 1GB movie will take about three seconds to download to this device, but that’s on a 5G network. The phone includes 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM.
Huawei says it contains two batteries inside, with a total of 4,500mAh. Additionally, the Mate X offers a 55-watt charge, allowing it to charge up to 85 percent in 30 minutes.
Huawei Mate X: Software
Huawei gave us a little demo of the Mate X and we were impressed with what we saw. We liked the way it works. We watched a YouTube video on an 8-inch screen and it looked great. But other than that, we really don’t know how the apps work on the Mate X.
However, Huawei said it is working with top app developers to tweak the Mate X’s apps. The Mate X is running EMUI 9.0, based on Android Pie.
Huawei Mate X: First thoughts
The Mate X is indeed a futuristic device, but much is still unknown about a folding phone. In its presentation, the company did not mention the durability of the screen and the outer case, although it did show a case for it. It’s also unclear how well the apps work in the different modes of the phone.
Keep in mind that the Mate X is not for everyone. For a price of 2,299 euros (around $ 2,600 or almost Rs 1.85 lakh), it would certainly make the Mate X the most expensive smartphone to date.
And when will it be available? At the moment, Huawei is only saying that the phone will hit retail stores in mid-2019. Since it supports 5G, its availability will be limited to a handful of countries.
Disclaimer: the author is in Barcelona at the invitation of Huawei India