Huawei Mate X: first look at the foldable phone of the future

25 February, 2019, 06:22 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
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Huawei believes MWC 2019 was the ideal platform to get some eyes and ears rolling on its newly launched foldable phone, the Mate X. Though it folds just like the Galaxy Fold, it is a lot different than Samsung's unique device.

Update Feb. 24, 11:37 AM PST: A Huawei Canada spokesperson told iPhone in Canada, "At present, the Mate X is not scheduled for Canada".

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The MateBook X Pro offers a 13.9-inch screen with 3000x2000 pixel resolution whereas the 14-inch and 13-inch MateBook variants offer 2K displays.

"Today, the announcement of the Mate X clearly shows that Huawei is a technology innovation leader".

The Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge uses over 100 components for a smooth, sleek finish.

When folded, It becomes a dual display phone - one side is a 6.6-inch (2480 x 1148) 19.5:9 display while the other is a 6.38-inch (2480 x 892) 25:9 display. The device folds slightly asymmetrically, so one side of the folded device has a slightly larger display area. It's 11mm thick when all folded up, and 5.4mm thick when you have it in tablet mode.

Until Newsweek gets substantial hands-on time with the Mate X, however, the feel of the device can not be speculated on.

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One of the most notable changes on the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup is the front-facing camera embedded into the glass, which thus makes it possible to avoid using the controversial notch.

"We're going to be very purposeful on how we're designing these products, so you get durability but it's not necessarily sacrificing experience", Streit said. However, when you open the Mate X's fold, you'll get a huge 8-inch display with a almost square aspect ratio of 8:7.1 and a resolution of 2480×2200 pixels.

Yu was also keen to stress that the Mate X has a larger screen than the Galaxy Fold - 8-inches across. "Here we see the full footprint of the 8" flexible panel - coming in at a full native resolution of 2480 x 2200 and its quite square-ish 8:7 aspect ratio.

Huawei says the laptops have faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more powerful processor and NVIDIA graphics card.

Huawei featured 5G heavily in the presentation, with a variety of Internet of Things and connected home devices displayed - along with a 5G mobile hotspot. This makes the chipset capable of achieving downlink speed of up to 4.6Gbps.

What does this mean in real life?

Another impressive feature is ultra-fast charging at 55W. For reference last year's Mate 20 Pro only offered 40W supercharging.

To recharge that big 'ole battery, Huawei gave the Mate X an incredible 55-watt power adaptor that can juice up the phone from zero to 85 per cent in just 30 minutes.

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