[MWC 2019]: Huawei Mate X is the world first’s foldable smartphone with 5G connectivity

“The Huawei Mate X foldable 5G phone comes with a large tablet-sized screen that wraps the phone when it’s folded”

Huawei has unveiled its first foldable smartphone called Huawei Mate X at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement comes days after its arch-rival Samsung introduced its Galaxy Fold smartphone with a foldable screen. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X folds outside, with the display on either side. The screen is fully bezel-less, with no notch or cut-out whatsoever. The device also boasts of triple cameras powered by Leica, 5G connectivity thanks to Balong 5000 modem, and a beefy battery with Huawei’s SuperFast support.

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Huawei Mate X price

The Huawei Mate X price is set at €2,299, which roughly translates to Rs 1,84,000 in Indian currency – making it the most expensive smartphone yet by a mainstream brand. In comparison, Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with a $1,980 (~Rs 1,47,000) sticker price. The Huawei foldable phone will be available in stores in the European market from mid-2019. It’ll come with a special protective case that’ll suite its “Falcon Wing Design.” The phone will be available with 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage configuration and ‘Interstellar Blue’ colour.

Huawei Mate X specifications

Huawei Mate X

To start with, the Huawei Mate X sports a truly bezel-less 8-inch display with 2,840 x 2,200 resolution when unfolded. When folded, you get a 6.6-inch display with 2,480 x 1,148-pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio on the front and a 6.38-inch (2,490 x 892 pixels) screen on the rear. The Mate X has a strip running along the edge on one side, which houses the camera module and also creates a groove for the rear display to fold into. For photography, the device features triple cameras that also do duty for selfies.

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On the software front, the Huawei Mate X boots a customised OS skin that seems to be compatible with the foldable screen and offers features such as multi-tasking — a user can open as many as two apps side-by-side. The smartphone is powered by the proprietor’s flagship 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC that is mated with Balong 5000 5G modem. The latter, as the name suggests, brings next-gen cellular network 5G to the table. The network is claimed to offer super-fast downlinks speeds to let you download 1GB files in just under 3 seconds.

The entire setup is powered by dual batteries with combined capacity of 4,500mAh; the cells are backed by Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge tech, which is said to add 80 percent of the juice in just 35 minutes. Lastly, for security, the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.