Huawei takes foldable phone fight to Samsung with 5G Mate X

Huawei announces $3,425 foldable display Mate X smartphone

Huawei Mate X: First Look

The was made explicit with the launch of the Mate X foldable phone yesterday.

At Mobile World Congress 2019, Huawei has drawn the curtains on its new flagship Mate X, a 5G, foldable phone with a 6.6in FullView OLED display that unfolds like a book to a more tablet-like size of 8ins.

"Now we are letting you get up close to the device and giving you a glimpse of what you can unlock with this new form factor.The industry is buzzing about this being the most exciting smartphone innovation in years and we couldn't agree more", Samsung says.

Samsung has offered a more detailed glimpse of its forthcoming £1,700 foldable smartphone in action.

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There are no camera bumps on this phone and the fingerprint sensor is directly on the power button.

Transforming the Huawei Mate X by flexing its "revolutionary Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge" creates an 8-inch tablet which is (mostly) just 5.4mm thick. The Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 CPU and the 5G model is called Balong 5000. The secondary screen is also the screen to use if you want to take a selfie. The Mate X will also support Huawei's 55W fast charger which can top up the phone up to 85 percent in just half an hour.

Huawei praised the design of the Mate X heavily, emphasizing that unlike competitors, the company didn't have to turn to gimmicks like camera notches, which in turn leads to increased screen estate. The Mate X is priced at $2600 (€2299) while the Galaxy Fold will cost $1980 (€1740).

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Editors' Note: Updated at 12:13 p.m. ET with hands-on impressions from Huawei's Mate X launch event. What's most impressive here, especially in comparison to the Galaxy Fold, is that there's so little bezel around the screen.

The Huawei Mate X is expected to be released by the middle of 2019, but unlikely to be released in the United States at least at first.

"Foldable phones are now in mass production, and vendors have set realistic expectations for their sales performance", stated Canalys senior director Nicole Peng. The Huawei handset is larger in both modes, and thinner when closed. The Huawei Mate X comes with a spectacular design which embodies what we think a foldable device should look like. Huawei seems to have put a lot of thought into designing the device.

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