Get your closest look at the Galaxy Fold in this new video

Foldable phones are all the rage as Samsung leads the way with the Galaxy Fold

The Mate X is set to rival Samsung's Galaxy Fold, as the kind of unattainable, expensive, and for the time being, hands-off device that is all about showing off. Huawei's first-generation take on the foldable phone however looks more polished and usable than Samsung's $2,000 offering. That's still well ahead of wide-spread 5G service around the world, though. But unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X's larger screen appears to wrap around the outside of the gadget, instead of being enclosed like a spread in a magazine.

This roughly amounts to US$2600 or almost Rs 2 lakh, which is even expensive than the $1,980 price tag of the Samsung Fold. Where the Mate X isn't display, Huawei gave it a fresh coat of paint. This new foldable smartphone comes packed with a single folding screen unlike the two screens on Galaxy Fold. It is simply 5.4mm thin when unfolded, slimmer than the new iPad Pro, and merely 11mm thick when folded. Nobody at the Samsung Galaxy Fold event was allowed to get their hands on Samsung's folding phone, and there were some suspicions that it doesn't go completely flat.

The Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge uses over 100 components for a smooth, sleek finish.

Finally, unfolding the Mate X results in the AMOLED screen to reveal its true physical dimensions.

We were lucky enough to get a small demonstration of the Mate X and were impressed with what we saw. The second screen is also useful as it can show your subjects a real-time preview of the photograph.

The Mate X offers a front-facing 5.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.




In tablet mode, the Mate X has an 8” screen with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels. There's also no headphone jack from the looks of things, though that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone given the analogue port was missing on past few Huawei flagships.

Thus, it becomes apparent, that the Huawei Mate X will in no way be a mass consumer product.

Two times faster 5G that rivalsConnecting it to 5G networks is the Kirin 980 processor working in tandem with the Balong 5000 chipset.

The antennas are fully integrated into the chassis, and Huawei is promising up to a 4.6 Gbps download speed, carrier-depending of course. There's 8GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage on this device.

"What separates Huawei's newest release, however, is the addition of a 5G-ready modem - a feature that Samsung was reluctant to include so early in the development of this new technology".

In case you thought Samsung's $US2,000 ($2,805) Galaxy Fold was a singular shot at making a flexible phone, check this out. This battery is supportive of Huawei's new 55W SuperCharge technology, too, meaning that it can be charged to 85 per cent capacity (that's 3,825mAh) in only 30 minutes. Right on schedule is Huawei, which has just announced the Mate X - a 5G foldable smartphone that's very different to what we've seen so far.

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