One of the big topics at MWC this year is most certainly folding phones and it looks like Huawei’s version has knocked it out of the park.
The company’s CEO of consumer business, Richard Yu, unveiled the new Huawei Mate X, on stage, saying: “We bring you the future of design, the future of technology.”
Here’s what we know about the new Huawei folding phone.
Huawei Mate X: Outward fold
Unlike the Samsung folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, which opens inwards, like a book, the Huawei phone opens outwards. Given this different functionality, Huawei has managed to make this device incredibly thin.
When open, the Huawei Mate X is 5.4mm thick, and when closed its only 11mm when closed. Huawei compares this to the “other folding phone” which is 6.9mm when open.
That’s a lot of bulk the company has managed to minimise.
Huawei Mate X: Screen
When open, there is no notch to be seen, instead it is a full 8-inch display. When closed there is a 6.6-inch screen on the front, bigger than Samsung’s 4.6-inch, and a 6.38-inch screen on the back, thanks to a sidebar which houses the Leica camera lenses.
One impressive trick means that when you’re taking a photo of someone when the device is closed, they can actually see what the photo looks like on the front screen. Huawei has named this ‘Mirror Shooting’. It’s fun, though it will spell the end of a candid snap.
That larger screen is perfect for watching films and reading. You can do side-by-side browsing, particularly helpful when multi-tasking.
Huawei Mate X: Inside power
The kicker is that this device also features a 5G modem, so Huawei is combining two of the hottest phone trends in one device. Yu says this means you will be able to download a 1GB movie in only three seconds.
To power the phone, the device has dual batteries which make up 4,500mAH. It also features Huawei’s new SuperCharge 5WW to make this device the fastest charging phone in the industry. You should be able to get 85 per cent power off a mere 30-minutes of charging.
It comes in one variant: 8GB RAM with 512GB storage, compared to Samsung’s 12GB folding phone.
Huawei Mate X: Price and release date
Yu says Huawei’s engineers have been working for three years to get this device ready. They created a “falcon-wing” design hinge, to ensure there is no gap when the device is closed. Over 100 components are in the hinge to make this possible.
There’s no set release date yet, just “the middle of 2019”.
But are you ready for the price of the phone? It’s going to be an astounding €2299 (UK pricing hasn’t been revealed yet). All that innovation is extremely expensive.
But this is only the start of the folding phones. If the idea catches on, the innovation will become cheaper and therefore more affordable. But for now, it looks like people are going to have to come round to the idea of spending £2,000+ on a smartphone.
At least this one looks good.