Huawei launches foldable 5G smartphone Mate X

Huawei launches foldable 5G smartphone Mate X

Huawei launches foldable 5G smartphone Mate X

There's a new foldable phone in town and it is a beauty.

Not to be outdone by rival Samsung, Huawei unveiled their own foldable smartphone at MWC19. The Mate X is ready to compete with Samsung's just lately introduced Galaxy Fold, which is priced at about $1,960 earlier than taxes.

A few details about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 - assuming that's what Samsung decides to name the next iteration of its signature phablet - have started trickling in, like its rumored 6.75-inch screen size.

Samsung is also launching a cheaper version of its flagship called the S10e which doesn't feature the curved display or have a triple rear camera. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer products business, announced the Mate X on Sunday in a press conference. When folded, the rear screen can be used for selfies and showing others what they look like when you're photographing them, which is kinda neat. The the foldable screen of the Huawei Mate X is folded around the outside of the device, with the help of a patented hinge with over 100 components the company said. That's a huge jump up from the 4.6-inch exterior cover screen on the Galaxy Fold, which is the only screen you can use when Samsung's bendy phone is closed. Galaxy Fold and Mate X 5G come with 12GB and 8GB RAM, respectively. What this allows the company to do is to create a thicker phone edge where we locate the phone's quad-camera setup. According to Huawei, it can charge up to 85 percent in just 30 minutes, thanks to its 55W SuperCharge feature.

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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.

Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent said, "Security concerns about Huawei's 5G kit are a shadow hanging over the whole of this year's Mobile World Congress". It appears to be designed for high power enterprise users who need to have long batter life.

It's when you view the device from the top or bottom sides that it becomes evident that this isn't your usual slab phone design.

Even out of 5G coverage, though, the phone should still wow. This looks ok on paper, but it is still months, if not years, away from a real use of a 5G network. Samsung will provide a model with 4G and a model with 5G.

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