In the MWC we have been able to see the new Huawei Mate X. Although we have not yet been able to prove it. We tell you the essential information of Huawei Mate X price, design, specifications and design.
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Huawei Mate X: is it worth your purchase?
The Huawei Mate X is one of those phones that makes us realize that the future is already here. Although on the other hand. You may not want to buy the first generation of folding phones and wait for this type of device to improve, update and try.
However, there is no doubt that Mate X has much better hardware than the Galaxy Fold. Although we will have to wait to try it to talk about its software.
Retail price € 2299
Review Huawei Mate X: First look
Huawei has announced its first folding smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device, which is called Mate X. Has come to light days after Samsung announced a very similar phone, the Galaxy Fold.
Our colleagues at Tech Advisor have had the privilege of being able to attend the event in which this phone has been presented. They could not use it, but they did see a demo of how the smartphone works.
Mate X comes in an interstellar blue (the little piece of it that is not a screen). Next, we offer you our first impressions after seeing the new Huawei Mate X.
Price and availability
Very expensive. A Mate X with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage will cost € 2,299. The Galaxy Fold will cost around € 2,000, which places the Mate X in one of the most expensive phones available.
Huawei’s folding smartphone will not go on sale until mid-2019, although the company has not yet announced official release dates.
Huawei Mate X screens
Beyond the debate of whether this device, for its large screen, should be considered a tablet or smartphone. We are struck by how Huawei unseats Samsung thanks to its two, not three screens.
The largest of these three screens is 8 inches, has no notch and is infinite. From corner to corner and from top to bottom.
The device has a screen in the front and another in the back when it is closed. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, it can fold outward and not just in the form of a book.
In Mate X, its three screens are actually a single panel that can be folded thanks to a hinge. Our first impressions are clear: the Mate X we like more than the Galaxy Fold (at least on the outside).
The Huawei Mate X has taken a run and is ready to launch before the end of this year.
The main screen of the 8-inch tablet is practical without bevel, where the Fold has a large cut in the notch of the camera.
The Mate X has a 6.6-inch screen on the front when it is closed that acts like a traditional smartphone screen. It looks very good, with the same Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9 that is in the Mate 20 Pro.
It also shares the Kirin 980 processor of that phone, along with a Balong 5000 7nm 5G chipset, making it undoubtedly a phone ready for the next generation of mobile networks.
The folding design also means that this expensive phone has a completely plastic screen, without glass.
Yes or no to the folding screen?
When the two screens are deployed a click is heard and the phone is flat, forming a larger screen, 8 inches, becoming more similar to a tablet than a mobile phone.
This differs from the Samsung phone that folds out like a book and whose smaller screen is not part of the larger one when it is deployed.
The Mate X is a sleek and elegant device that is only 11 mm thick when fully closed and 5.4 mm (unbelievable) when deployed. As Huawei pointed out, it is thinner than virtually any existing phone and even thinner than Apple’s latest iPad Pro.
Still, we think that the Mate X will be an excessively expensive device for most. Besides being something strange for many others.
That does not mean that we think it is one of the most impressive and innovative pieces of smartphone design that we will see this year. Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it indicates where consumer technology is headed. It opens the way for a new generation of folding mobile phones.
Surely Samsung has not liked anything to see how one of its main rivals has launched a folding smartphone that improves its newly launched design.
Design Huawei Mate X
Huawei’s decision to have the cameras in a bar module held at one end seems a success (it is reminiscent of the Kindle Oasis).
The bar contains the configuration of the camera and the USB-C port. While the double batteries in each half of the screen constitute a 4500mAh battery.
Huawei claimed to have developed a 55W Super Charge technology for Mate X. That will charge it from 0-85% in 30 minutes.
At the moment, we still do not have more information about the specifications. In the event, we could see the phone and all the ways in which it can be used.
Why could not we try the Huawei Mate X?
The decision to show the media the device in this controlled way makes us think that, like Samsung. Huawei has been able to design a technological marvel, but is being cautious with possible software errors.
We are not sure when we will be able to personally test Mate X, but even without having tried it we can say that it is without a doubt a great leap towards the mobile future.
It is not perceived as the radical change of the original iPhone but it gives clues about the creativity that new technologies are giving to the smartphone companies in 2019. That allow them to think beyond the design of the black slab.
The fact that this product comes from Huawei. A manufacturer that has run to the top of the OEM tree in less than five years, is even more impressive.