It’s 5G and it’s foldable. Huawei’s first foldable smartphone is finally here and the Chinese company is not holding back against the South Korean smartphone king Samsung.
After tons of leaks, Huawei has delivered a foldable smartphone as promised at a pre-MWC conference in Barcelone. Using two OLED FullView displays at the outer end, the smartphone turns into an 8-inch tablet after being unfolded.
With 5G support included, there is a lot more to offer in the first foldable device of the company such as two-in-one Leica optics powered camera, HiSilicon Kirin 980 Soc, and more. Let’s have a detailed look at the smartphone specifications, price, and release dates.
Huawei Mate X Price and Release Date
According to Huawei, the Mate X will have a global price of EUR 2,299 which roughly translates into Rs. 2,09,400 for the basic 8GB RAM and 512GB storage variant. Though there is not a specific date given, it is announced to go on sale in mid-2019. Initially, it is only available in Interstellar Blue color and the device has a Full Protection Case included to protect it from physical damage to some extent.
The company is giving out Mate X to various carriers for 5G testing initially. Huawei also revealed that a 5G variant of Mate 20X is on its way at its pre-MWC conference.
Huawei Mate X Specifications Features
The smartphone runs Android 9 Pie on top of Huawei’s latest EMUI 9.1.1 skin. It features two FullView displays with 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch sizes, that when joined, brings out an 8-inch FullView OLED display without any notch. When folded, the dual-SIM(Nano) device provides a 6.6-inch display with 1148×2480 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio at the front.
Huawei claimed that the 6.6-inch display is good enough for a one hand operation and said that this front display is larger than iPhone XS Max as well as Samsung’s cover display on Galaxy Fold.
There is also a 6.38-inch display at the rear end of the device with 892×2480 pixels resolution and 25:9 aspect ratio. After unfolding, the whole setup turns into an 8-inch panel with 2480×2200 pixels resolution and 8:7.1 aspect ratio. The Chinese manufacturer took a dig at Samsung in the conference that it’s better to use an 8-inch panel without a notch rather than a 7.2-inch display with a cutout for selfie camera.
At the pre-MWC conference, Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group said, “With Huawei Mate X, we bring the future of design and the future of technology.”
The company claimed that its hinge design is controlled with over 100 components. According to Yu, engineers at Huawei worked for three years to bring a new foldable design on board.
Huawei Mate X is powered with Huawei’s own 7nm technology-based flagship HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC with 8GB of RAM. The Chinese smartphone maker has also included the world’s first 7nm modem- Huawei Balong 5000 5G chipset in the device capable of delivering up to 4.6Gbps downlink and 2.5Gbps uplink speeds on Sub-6GHz. However, the speeds can do up to 6.5/ 3.5Gbps for downlink/uplink on mmWave. Huawei claimed that the new modem not only supports NSA network architecture but it will also support SA network architecture, which is future technology.
Huawei Mate X Camera and Other Hardware
In the imaging department, Huawei Mate X has Leica optics onboard for a two-in-one front and rear camera setup. The camera setup includes three sensors including a 40MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens. There is a mirror shooting mode enabling the user to show a preview of what they are capturing to others using the rear display panel.
Apart from this, we have a micro-SD card to expand the memory up to 256GB. Huawei has introduced two battery packs, jointly offering 4,500mAh of juice. The 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology included in the device lets users charge 85% battery in just 30 minutes.