Huawei Unveils Mate X Foldable Phone at MWC 2019

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Today during an event at MWC 2019, Huawei unveiled its first foldable smartphone that will come to the consumer market. Called the Mate X, the device will compete with the likes of other companies introducing foldable phones this year. Most notably, the Mate X will clash with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold in a head-on battle to see who comes out on top.

Unfortunately, Huawei isn’t unveiling a ton of information about the Mate X just yet. However, we do know the device is basically all screen. Huawei uses an 8-inch 2480×2200 8:7.1 display that covers the entire front side of the device. About 40 to 45 percent into the middle of the screen, there’s a folding mechanism that lets you convert the device into a 6.6-inch smartphone. The display, when folded, offers a 2480×1148 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In addition, the screen that wraps around the back measures in at 6.4-inches with a 2480×892 resolution and 25:9 aspect ratio. Obviously, this big screen uses an OLED panel.

When unfolded, Huawei says the Mate X is just 5.4mm thick. Meanwhile, when folded back up, the device is 11mm. Because of this, the device shouldn’t be too thick or unpleasant to hold.

Around back, this is where things get pretty interesting. Instead of keeping it flat, Huawei actually has this sort of bar on the left-hand side that houses all the processors, cameras, sensors, and USB-C port. When folded the screen evens out the back so it sits flush. When unfolded, the bar can be used as a sort of grip for one-handed use. Personally, I’m a fan of this design considering its functionality. Then again, I’ll have to spend some time with it in order to get a proper feel for what it’s like.

Also on the back, Huawei packs in four cameras. The company utilizes its Leica partnership to fine-tune these sensors, but exact specifications haven’t been given just yet. Of course, we’ll let you know when more information is available.

With such a large screen in your pocket, there’s plenty of real estate to do new software tricks. According to Huawei, the Mate X will get new multitasking features in its software which is likely Android Pie. And since you have a screen on the back, you can take selfies using the quad-camera array. What’s more, the person you take a photo of can use the screen on the back to get a preview of what the resulting photo will look like.

Under the hood, Huawei packs in a Kirin 980 processor, dual SIM card slots, and 5G connectivity thanks to Qualcomm’s modems. Huawei also uses a dual battery system to provide 4,500mAh of available power. To charge it, you can use the Mate X’s supplied 55W power adapter which should charge this phone up to 85 percent in around 30 minutes. This, my friends, is pure insanity.

According to Huawei, the mate X will start at 2299 euros which is around $2,600. That’s extremely expensive and totally unrealistic. You do get 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, so that’s good.

The Mate X launches in the second half of 2019.

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