China's Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

China's Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

China's Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei today revealed its new foldable device during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference in Spain. There's a big difference however: the Mate X's display folds on the outside of the device, as opposed to the Galaxy Fold's inward folding design.

We saw a similar concept on the Royole Flexpai at CES but that was a mere prototype - Huawei is fully flexing its might here, and the Mate X is leagues ahead and ready for market. On folding the device, the main screen reduces to 6.6 inches with a resolution of 2480×1148 pixels. However, when unfolded it creates a combined 8-inch display.

In terms of its foldable device, The Mate X will also come with fingerprint sensor built into its power button as well as featuring a camera system engineered with German camera firm Leica. It also gives you a grip with which to hold the device in one hand when it's in tablet mode.

The secondary screen also does some really interesting things, including acting as a mirror for when you take a picture of someone. I don't know what you'd use the smaller back screen for outside of snapping a selfie, but I guess it's nice to have the option.

When unfolded, the two displays click flat to form that larger 8in panel that is the body of the device and can be used like a tablet. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be.

One look at the Huawei Mate X is enough to captivate you. Instead you have a single display that is essentially a double-screen phone when its been folded up. When opened, the Mate X measures just 5.4mm thick and when folded, it measures just 11mm.

However, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Fold it does not have a second display on its reverse side.

When folded, the thinner side of the Mate X tucks in nicely against the spine. Since Huawei also makes 5G network infrastructure, Gauden points out, it could do its own testing of the Mate X on a real 5G network in-house. In fact, as thin or less than an Apple iPad when closed, according to Huawei.

Equipped with the world's first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, the chipset has unprecedented 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical).

The Mate X is also outfitted with 5 Gbps 5G connectivity and is powered by a massive 4500 mAh battery with fast charging capabilities.

Huawei's 2299-euro price tag is only slightly steeper than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, which will cost 2000 euros when it's released this year.

There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation. So... how do you feel about this new Huawei Mate X? The video looked great on the 8-inch screen and Huawei confirmed that it will be able to play back 4K video.

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