It is almost time to say goodbye to your speculations as the era for the folded smartphones has arrived. Samsung, one of the greatest smartphone manufacturers showed Galaxy Fold on February 20. Huawei has been telling us about the foldable phone for a long time and also mentioned that it might have 5G support and it seems that Huawei Mate X, the all-new device of this company is going to be more intriguing and ready to take on the likes of its rivals.
Release date of Huawei Mate X
According to the rumors, Mate X can release in the middle of 2019, subject to certain conditions; of course, meaning that you may have to wait longer for the device to hit the stores. Moreover, the roll-out can be hindered in all those countries where the 5G network is not available. After the launch of Huawei Mate X in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, more details about the exact release date of the device has not yet arrived. Based on the launch and the news from a South Korean official network, the Mate X may go for sale from June. Rumors have also been doing the rounds that the new foldable phone may come for a production run at first to evade the complications. The complexities of manufacturing the device and its exclusivity can make the device expensive.
Design of Huawei Mate X
Huawei describes the device as one that is going to revolutionize the world of smartphones, especially when the design and the technology are taken into the perspective. The body of the device folds differently than Samsung Galaxy Fold, meaning the large screen of the tablet becomes the rear and the front screen when folded.
The main screen of Mate X measures 6.6 inches, which is pretty big has a pixel resolution of 2480 x 1148. According to the company, it is this display that is referred to as the main screen and is likely to engage the users most of the time and the reasons for creating such a big screen becomes clear. On the other hand, the back screen of Mate X is 6.38 inches with 2480 x 2200 as the pixel resolution. When you fold open the device, you will come across an amazing 8-inch OLED tablet screen with 2480 x 2200 pixel resolution.
It seems that the combination of the screens in Huawei Mate X can make things extremely interesting, a single screen, measuring about 8-inches. While unfolding the device to the flat OLED panel, it reveals fully without any dividing line with minimal or no creasing at all. However, we are not yet sure whether the OLED screen will hold up and there are more chances it can bend. But there must be an adequate coating to protect it and the plastic in the exterior may be susceptible to scratches. It may be the reason that Huawei is producing a comprehensive cover case accessory.
The unfolding process of the Huawei Mate X is driven by what the company calls the Falcon Hinge situated beneath the screen curvature to ensure that both sides of the device lie flat when it is folded, making the folded phone just about 11 mm thick, which is slim enough. When the phone is unfolded, it stays at about 5.4 mm thick compared to Galaxy Fold from Samsung, which stays at about 17 mm thick.
Even though the device has a wrap-around screen, the company has clearly segmented the rear and the front screens when folded making it appear similar to a regular and thicker smartphone. On one side of Mate X, there is a bar containing all the elements such as the power button, camera lenses, and the fingerprint sensor. The ergonomically designed bar makes it easy for the users to hold the device in one hand.
Although many of us have viewed Mate X up close and personal, there is no real interaction with the device yet; so, it is difficult to say anything about the weight, the appearance of the screen and the real feel to use it. When viewed from a distance, Mate X looks glittering and exciting but is no more than show off for now. Furthermore, ripples could be viewed when the phone was folded making the screen appear less smooth than expected.
Price of Mate X
Based on the current speculation of the specifications, the device may cost around 1999 GBP in the UK and 2300 euros for Mate X translating to about a whopping $2600.
Specifications of Huawei Mate X
Huawei promised to bring a foldable 5G phone, and it seems the company has already delivered the promises. Huawei Mate X comes with the Kirin 980 processor and the new Balong 5000 5G modem along with a quad 5G antenna inside. The company took pride in testing its 5G modem on live 5G networks and declared that it has twice the performance of the old X50 chip from Qualcomm. It also says a 1 GB video file can be downloaded in three seconds on a 5G network, but what about those areas that are largely inaccessible when it comes to the speedy 5G network.
However, we are yet to know about the internal storage space or RAM. Apart from this, there are a pair of batteries equaling about 4,500 mAh in capacity. With a new 55-watt proprietary SuperCharge system, the device will charge from zero to 85-percent capacity in only thirty minutes. Compared to last year’s Huawei Mate 20 with 40-watt Supercharge technology, this is certainly going to be a big leap.
The company refers to Mate X as a tablet instead of a phone due to the Kindle-style grip with no cut-out camera screen or notch. With the fingerprint reader built into the power button, you can use it from both sides.
The camera of Huawei Mate X
With three camera lenses on the Mate X, and all facing a single direction, the expectations are building up for now. Selfies are taken with the same camera lenses that are used for taking the regular pictures, which is an added advantage of having a screen on the rear and the front of the phone. While taking pictures of others, they can see themselves on the screen to adjust the expression and the posture. No one is quite sure about more camera details of the device right now, but according to Huawei, it is going to be a brand new addition, built using Leica lenses, with a 40-megapixel wide angle lens and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens along with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.
Rumors are on that Apple is also planning to launch a folded smartphone, but it seems to be a far cry from the truth as there is no hint from the company for now. Even though two of the cell phone manufacturers are offering folded smartphones, it is not yet clear whether the trend is going to spread and dominate the smartphone space in the future. After the unveiling of the foldable smartphone by the Chinese manufacturers, further explorations are on regarding the features and the specifications of the device, but there is no doubt that it is going to be an interesting addition to the intriguing smartphones of today.