It’s the season of foldable smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, 2019. With Samsung launching its foldable version, called the Galaxy Fold, Huawei was not far from being left behind. The company formally announced its first 5G enabled foldable smartphone in Barcelona.
The new Huawei Mate X has two OLED FullView Display panels on the exterior that helps transform the smartphone into an 8-inch tablet. Also, the new phone supports 5G connectivity to deliver data access at high speeds with low latency. All this is possible with the help of the HiSilicon Kirin SoC processor. The Mate X also hosts a two-in-one camera powered by Leica optics.
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has an Infinity Flex Display, the Huawei Mate X has a Falcon Wing Design and offers a FullView Display experience, without a top notch.
Pricing: Huawei Mate X
If you thought that the Galaxy Fold was expensive (at $1980), then the Huawei Mate X takes it a step ahead. Priced globally at EUR 2,299 ( approx. INR 209,000) for the 8GB RAM/512GB storage variant, it is to go on sale from mid-2019. When it comes to the color options, the Mate X comes in a single Interstellar Blue color option.
Specs, Features: Huawei Mate X
The Huawei Mate X comes with a dual-SIM (Nano) option and runs on Android 9 Pie on top of EMUI 9.1.1. Coming to the display, the smartphone features two FullView Display panels in 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch sizes, which when unfolded bring in an 8-inch OLED FullView Display panel. While using the phone in a folded manner, the device offers a 6.6-inch display experience with 1148×2480 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
While launching the foldable smartphone, Huawei at the conference shared the fact that the 6.6-inch display panel is larger than the iPhone XS Max and also the Galaxy Fold.
The other display panel at the rear comes with a 6.38-inch display with 892×2480 pixels and a 25:9 aspect ratio, also helping in capturing selfies. As soon as the Mate X is unfolded, out comes the 8-inch display that has a 2480×2200 pixel resolution along with an 8:7.1 aspect ratio.
Speaking at the event, Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group stated that “With Huawei Mate X, we bring the future of design and the future of technology.” Stating the facts, the engineers in the company took three years to nail the foldable design.
Coming to the thickness measurements, the Mate X has a thickness of 5,4mm when unfolded, as compared to the 11mm thickness of the phone when folded.
Powering the Mate X is a HiSilicon Kirin SoC, which is coupled with 8GB RAM, together with the Huawei Balong 5000 5G chipset. The Balong 500 5G chipset is the world’s first 7nm modem, which is capable of delivering up to 4.6/2.5Gbps download/upload speeds on Sub-6GHz. In addition, the Mate X supports not only the initial NSA network architecture, but can also support the SA architecture due to debut in the future.
Coming to the optics, the Mate X has a two-in-one front and rear camera setup, powered by Leica optics. The camera setup comes with three sensors which include a 40MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 16MP ulra-wide angle lens and lastly a 8MP telephoto lens. To help the consumers, the smartphone comes with a mirror shooting mode that makes a user aware with a preview of the images being captured.
In terms of storage, the Mate X has 512GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 256GB with the help of microSD card. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. In order to keep the show running, the phone packs in two batteries that offer 4,500mAH capacity.