On Sunday the Hauwei Mate X Foldable Smartphone was unveiled. This is the Chinese tech giant’s response to South Korean tech giant Samsung’s Galaxy Fold (which was unveiled on 20 February).
Basic specs for Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone
- Displays: 6.6-inch (2,480 x 1,148) on the front, 6.3-inch (2,480 x 892) on the back. 8-inch (2,480 x 2,200) tablet-like display when the device is unfolded.
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55).
- RAM: 8 GB.
- Operating System: Android 9.0.
- Storage: 512 Gb
- Cameras: 40 MP – f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF
16 MP – f/2.2, 17mm (ultra wide), 8 MP – f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto) and TOF camera.
- Camera Features: Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
- Video: 2160p @ 30fps / 1080p @ 30fps
- Battery: Non-removable 4500 mAh
- Estimated selling price: +/- €2300 (+/- R36,000)
More info about the Huawei Mate X
The device is thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The Huawei Mate X allows side-by-side multitasking when you’re using the 8 inch full view display. You can use one half of the screen for an app and the other half for another.
According to Huawei, the design of the smartphone and its hinge have been worked on for three years. This was done to ensure that it works optimally and does not influence the layout of the phone in a negative way.
The display of the device also does not contain any punches or notches, ensuring a better viewing experience. A “protection case” has been built into the phone to ensure it does not get damaged easily. All of its surfaces are covered by displays after all.
The Huawei Mate X also has Dual SIM support, a fingerprint scanner and expandable storage cards are supported.
It’s the world’s first 5G foldable smartphone. It supports NSA and SA 5G architectures. The Mate X can handle download speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps. It also has fast charging. You can charge thte Mate X from flat to 85% in 30 minutes.
The Huawei Mate X will be available in mid 2019. No South African networks have announced pricing options yet.
My 2 cents on the Huawei Mate X
I’m curious to see how the Huawei Mate X performs against the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The pricing for both of these phones is ridiculously high though, so I’ll probably only consider getting one in a year or two (when prices have come down significantly). I could be spending that money on furniture for my new flat instead.
Check out this video showcasing the Huawei Mate X below
What are your thoughts? Will you be forking out money on this phone or are you waiting for prices to come down? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
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