Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Will Huawei Mate X outshine Samsung Galaxy Fold?

Will Huawei Mate X outshine Samsung Galaxy Fold?

Granted, no one's been able to get their hands on a working Mate X to check out Huawei's ambitious out-folding design in action either, but Oppo seems significantly further away from polishing and perfecting a similar concept.

"The Huawei Mate X's revolutionary form factor is achieved by Huawei's relentless effort in R&D", Huawei CEO Richard Yu said in a prepared statement. On the back of the phone is a second display of 6.38 inches. When it's folded, the Mate X comes to only 11 mm. This is different from Samsung's approach, which folds the screen inward and puts a smaller second screen on the back of the Galaxy Fold. "So this phone is not only for today, but also for future 5G", Yu said.

No doubt spurred by the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, Oppo VP Brian Shen posted pictures of the as-yet-unnamed device on Weibo.

Editor's Note: There's no Australian pricing or availability as yet, but at €2299, it ain't gonna be cheap.

Despite packing such big display, the Mate X is slim and compact.

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The price for the Mate X, which goes on sale later this year, has been set at 2,299 euro (about US$2,600), higher than the Samsung Fold, which has a tag of US$1,980.

There was speculation online as to whether the newly-announced Mate X would follow suit. At €2,299 to start, the Mate X is pretty prohibitively priced - who has that kind of money to spend?

Huawei here has opted for a novel asymmetric design where one half of the screen is narrower than the other one. With connectivity provided by HiSilicon's Balong 5G01 modem, Huawei is able to provide 5G NR NSA/SA connectivity and speeds of up to 4.6GHz at 200MHz of bandwidth at 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM in the sub-6GHz range.

During the day, the Galaxy S10 is as good as any other camera - incredibly clear, sharp images with plenty of dynamic range, vivid colors, and lots of detail.

Huawei also says it's packed a sufficient enough battery - a 4,500 mAh power cell - to power the Mate X. Additionally, the Mate X supports 55-watt charging, allowing it to be charged up to 85 percent in 30 minutes.

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