Huawei Joins the Foldable Phone Game with the Mate X

by Duey Guison  February 24, 2019

The Galaxy Fold has serious competition

At their MWC 2019 press conference, Huawei unveiled their foldable phone. Officially called the Mate X, Huawei’s foldable offering is headlined by its flexible OLED display: when folded, you have a 6.6 and 6.38-inch displays (with 2480×1148 and 2480×892 resolutions respectively) that make it very usable for one-handed use.

Unfolded, you get a generous notch-free, near bezel-less 8-inch display with a 2480×2200 resolution. Aside from the notch-free display, the Mate X boasts of a slim chassis as well. Making the foldable form factor possible is a “Falcon-Wing” hinge that brings a true back-to-back fold without any gaps. Even when folded. the Mate X has a thickness of 11mm.

You get a Leica-branded triple camera setup on the Mate X. Since you have another display where you have the cameras, you can easily compose your selfies using the display.

You should not worry about protection, as Huawei made a special case for the Mate X to protect the flexible OLED display.

Powering it is a Kirin 980 processor paired with the Balong 5000 5G modem. The Mate X supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G networks, with Huawei claiming that it is the fastest 5G phone to date—the Mate X is capable of speeds of up to 7.5Gbps. Making the Mate X unique is that it can support for Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) 5G architecture.

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, you can expand the internal storage on the Mate X via Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory (NM) cards. Keeping the lights on are two batteries that carry a total of 4500mAh, with support for 55W SuperCharge. The Mate X’s charger is unique, as you can use it to charge notebooks with it as well.

The Mate X is priced at 2299 Euro(~Php 135.7k) for the 8GB/512GB variant and will be available by the middle of 2019.

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