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Take a First Look at Huawei’s $2,600 5G Foldable Mate X Phone

Take a First Look at Huawei’s $2,600 5G Foldable Mate X Phone

But still, there's no shortage of excitement about the device on Chinese social media.

Here's our first impressions on a stunning new form factor for smartphones. Huawei chose an edgeless tablet experience, while Samsung has decided on a tablet with cameras, so you could use your tablet with Skype and also take excellent photos both when the device is folded shut or in full tablet mode.

And at €2299, which is about $2,600, the Mate X is considerably more expensive than the Galaxy Fold. Followers queued exterior the venue hours earlier than the kickoff and those that could not get in watched the occasion exterior on a giant display screen.

As for cost, we're looking at the Huawei Mate X starting at $2600 which is pretty insane, with availability in mid-summer. The phone's display corners are rounded, and even though the company's VP shared a couple of images of this device, he did not show us the whole back side of the phone. Android 9 is installed with EMUI 9.1.1. It also shares the Kirin 980 processor of that phone, along with a Balong 5000 7nm 5G chipset, so it's a phone ready for the next-gen of mobile networking. When you fold the paper, the angle of the fold will be sharp.

The finished product is a decidedly premium handset that is far more polished than the prototype Samsung showed off prior to the Galaxy Fold's launch. When folded it is a double sided smartphone of 11mm thick with a 6.6-inch screen on the larger side, and on the other side there is a very functional bezel section for grip, cameras, LED flash, and the power button / fingerprint sensor.

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To make the phone as thin as possible, Huawei had to include a variety of clever workarounds.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker Xiaomi became one of the first to put a price on its 5G smartphone.

It will be to Samsung's chagrin that one of its key rivals has outdone it on this front. It has a groove called a sidebar that allows you to hold the phone from one end. The Mate X will also support Huawei's 55W fast charger which can top up the phone up to 85 percent in just half an hour. Watching various videos of the Huawei Mate X folding and unfolding I could (unfortunately) see an uneven area of screen in tablet mode, just like with the Royole Flexpai. Shut, the 6.6in display looks manageable albeit in two hands, while the rear display seems to be there to basically act as a selfie mirror.

The market for smartphones is slowing, and manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to convince consumers they should upgrade their devices.

This device is coming hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and it's among the pioneers that are paving the way for the foldable smartphone era. "The goal is to capture consumer awareness, and each vendor wants to prove it can achieve the greatest technological advances with its new industrial designs".


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