At Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei presents the world’s first folding smartphone with a 5G module. Here are Huawei Mate X and all the news.
After years of stagnation, with novelties given almost with difficulty, here is finally something new. Huawei Mate X leaves the first time you see it because in fact, as one may be skeptical, it is something completely new. There is a bit of magic in the air just to see it, even if in Barcelona, unfortunately, you can not use it (probably because of the still unripe and not completely finished software). But more than magical, Mate X is a concentrate of technology, a prototype that draws a heavy line on the future of the category.
Huawei Mate X is the first 5G folding smartphone in the world, the first that we actually managed to see live. It is characterized by two of the technologies that will guide the future of the sector, and to do so it adopts sophisticated components on which research has been done in the past years. Let’s start with the hardware under the body, we have the proprietary 7-nm Kirin 980 processor with dual NPU. Combined with the Balong 5000 modem (also proprietary), which can achieve a transfer speed of up to 4G Gbps in 5G with support for sub-6GHz frequencies. Huawei Mate X is also a Dual-SIM device.
Huawei Mate X, how it works
But the breathtaking feature is undoubtedly the foldable form factor, which is not just an exercise in style but that seems to be really exploitable in everyday use. The device can be used mainly in three different ways, but it can also be folded in intermediate modes at will.
Closed at the front. The exploitable area has a diagonal of 6.6 “and a perspective ratio of 19.5: 9 at a resolution of 2480×1148 pixels, so the thickness is 11 mm thanks to the presence of an extremely evolved hinge, called Falcon Wing Hinge, and of the flexible panel with OLED technology.
Closed, in the rear. The exploitable area is 6.38 “with an aspect ratio of 25: 9 and resolution of 2480×892 pixels. In the part not occupied by a frame that contains cameras and sensors.
Open, tablet mode. Here expresses the full potential of the device, and Huawei notes that the exploitable area is larger than that of the Galaxy Fold and without interruptions (notch). In fact, when opened, Mate X is presented in all respects like an 8 “tablet and a perspective ratio of 8: 7. The thickness is 5.4 mm, 0.3 less than the iPad Pro.
From open Mate, X is “full display” with the exception of a small frame containing four cameras and some sensors? If seen in the back we have a frame interspersed in the middle by the zipper. The fingerprint sensor is in the power button, while the color is called scenographically Blue Interstellar. Under the body, we have two separate batteries for total amperage of 4,500 mAh and support for a 55W charging, the fastest ever implemented on smartphones. According to Huawei, it comes from 0 to 85% (3,825 mAh) in just 30 minutes.
The advantages of folding design
Huawei also promises the best selfie in the category thanks to Leica cameras, and among the features granted by the innovative form factor, we have the Mirror Shooting. Basically when preparing a portrait the subject can view a preview in real time to see what could be the final result before the execution of the photograph. The huge 8 “display in tablet mode can also be used for extended multi-window use. For increased productivity, or even trivially for a wider view of photos or web pages.
All with the possibility of having a perfect grip even with just one hand. Despite the reduced thickness, in fact, Huawei Mate X uses a “grip pad” on one side of the display, which allows you to have a firm grip in all circumstances. The smartphone will be sold “in mid-2019” with an optional “Full Cover” case at a price of € 2,299 in the only 8 GB version and 512 GB of storage.