Huawei's foldable phone: What we know so far

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China's Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung. From certain angles, there's also a very visible crease down the center of the screen where the fold happens, so that's a cause for concern. Huawei's device also appears to be taking a different approach to foldability than Samsung. But this is also where the cameras lie. And did you notice there are no front cameras on this phone? For security, you have a fingerprint scanner embedded inside the power button on the side.

In phone form the Mate X has a big screen: it looks like a slightly chunky 6.6-inch phone, really. We've seen that the software - presumably EMUI version 9.something over the top of Android Pie - can run dual screen apps or apps front and back, so we thought perhaps there'd be more crammed into this body. The Galaxy Fold incorporates a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic OLED screen and a 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED cover display, but it is not bezel-less.

Moreover, the firm has also claimed the Mate X is thinner than the new iPad Pro and Galaxy Fold when it is folded.

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Huawei announced its foldable display smartphone, the Mate X. It's to be noted that this seems to be the weak-point of Huawei's design as it doesn't look almost as refined as Samsung's attempt.

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The Huawei Mate X's various usage modes are enabled by a sophisticated Falcon Wing Hinge, which supports the outward curve of the screen, and allows the device to be bent and fixed fluidly into a variety of angles. The Galaxy Fold's Multi Active Window lets users display and multitask with up to three applications at a time. Here we see a battery cell in each segment, resulting in a total 4500mAh battery capacity. Additionally, the phone includes the company's 55W SuperCharge adapter.

The number one concern of the Mate X however is the fact that it is a outwards folding phone. Samsung's inwards folding design here will be much less prone to scratches, however the Mate X will be a quite more fragile phone in this regard. It is all likely to boil down to which offers the best design and value for their money. And there's a Kirin 980 processor on board. All Huawei is saying is "from the middle of 2019 (pending on network deployment status of operators)".

All of this comes together in one futuristic phone, a phone that is a true embodiment of those dreams we had as kids and those gadgets we saw in sci-fi movies. Research shows consumers have already been holding onto their phones longer, finding it hard to justify spending $1000 or more on a new handset.

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