Huawei has been churning out some spectacular devices in the past year which resulted in the Chinese company becoming the world's second-largest smartphone brand by market share. Recently, Samsung announced its latest flagship smartphone that impressed the world. However, one big caveat of the smartphone is its thickness when folded.
Huawei may have come up with a solution and out-engineered the South Korean giant with a more practical foldable smartphone. It's called the Huawei Mate X and it was unveiled over the weekend ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC). The smartphone trumps Samsung's fold in a lot of ways, for example, it has a better screen-to-body ratio.
The Huawei Mate X has an 8-inch OLED display that basically folds at the centre and becomes a smaller smartphone with a screen on the back and the front. Samsung's Fold may look exciting, however, it has a cut out on its display when unfolded and has bigger bezels.
As we mentioned before, the Samsung Fold is not exactly a sleek smartphone that can fit right into your pocket. However, Huawei has made a foldable smartphone that's thinner when folded i.e. 11mm. That's 6mm thinner than Samsung's Fold making it easier to carry around. When it comes to different sizes when using different screens for different purposes, here's how the Mate X's display will work:
â 6.6-inch (19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2480 x 1148 resolution) main display, when folded.
â 6.4-inch (25:9, 2480 x 892) rear display, when folded.
â 8-inch (8:7.1, 2480 x 2200) main display, when unfolded.
When a smartphone has a massive screen when opened, it also needs a massive battery to power it for a long duration. The Mate X comes with a 4,500 mAh battery and can charge at 55W. That's getting an 85% charge in half an hour.
When it comes to processing power, the Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset that is also present on the Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20. It's coupled with Huawei's latest 5G modem and has peak download speeds of 4.6Gbps. That's double of what Qualcomm's n X50 5G chipset can achieve on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The Mate X comes with a quad camera setup however Huawei hasn't detailed much about them apart from the fact that it is "at par” with the Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro was one of the best smartphones for mobile photography last year and is amongst the top Android smartphones of 2018.
The Huawei Mate X has a lot going on that also demands a huge price tag. It's priced at 2,300 euros, which is roughly Rs 1,85,300 and is quite more expensive than Samsung's Galaxy Fold. It's expected to be available around June or July in select markets and we aren't sure if we will get to see Mate X launch in India until 5G networks take off.