The Huawei Mate X has been previewed at MWC19 already

The Huawei Mate X has been previewed at MWC19 already

The Chinese telecom major said its foldable phone will start at a price of €2,299, much higher than the Fold's $1,980 price tag, and will be available sometime in the middle of 2019.

Other companies working on foldable phones include LG, Royole (with its Flexpai), TCL and Xiaomi. 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.

In case you missed the unveiling, the Galaxy Fold wields a main 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic OLED screen (4.2:3 aspect ratio) when opened up, and a 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED (21:9 aspect ratio) cover display to use when closed. "The new device has nothing to envy to Samsung's latest Galaxy Fold announcement".

But there is a groove (sidebar) which runs across the length of the phone to hold the smartphone and houses the USB Type-C port for charging.

This potentially places the Mate X at a disadvantage to the Fold, since it becomes impossible to use its unfolded screen to take selfies. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the side, doubling as a power button.

The phone also features a Lecia-engineered triple camera setup (specs not revealed). The two screens on the new V50ThinQ work independently so a user can watch a film on one screen while browsing the internet on the other.

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The Mate X comes in interstellar blue (the little of it that isn't screen), though that's hard to see in real life. Closed, the rear comes in at 2480 x 892, while the front is slightly denser at 2480 x 1148 pixels.

The new hardware has been launched alongside Huawei Share OneHop a wireless means of sharing files fast between compatible devices.

Huawei calls the new hinge system a "Falcon hinge". It's to be noted that this seems to be the weak-point of Huawei's design as it doesn't look almost as refined as Samsung's attempt. At the pre-brief we weren't able to actually get our hands on the phone, but one unit of the presenter had a notable "waviness" of the screen where the hinge was.

The Mate X is also outfitted with 5 Gbps 5G connectivity and is powered by a massive 4500 mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. At the same time, MateBook X Pro also has a slim body design, the thinnest part is only 4.9mm, compared to the MacBook Pro (13 inches), the former has obvious advantages.

"If more is what people want, more is what we're going to give them".

You can still see a slight crease, but Huawei's Mate X might just be the best foldable phone we've seen yet. Huawei seems to have put a lot of thought into designing the device. The system has full massive MIMO and mmWave support.

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