Mate X aims at stimulating 5G industry, says Huawei — Interview

Huawei unveils Mate X folding phone to rival Samsung Galaxy Fold

Days after Samsung announced its Galaxy Fold, Chinese firm Huawei has joined the "fold" bandwagon, announcing its own device with a hinge.

The other Note 10 variants could thus come with a triple-camera setup like the one on the Galaxy S10+. Thinking about it, the approach by Huawei seems to be more idealistic in terms of ease and usability.

Huawei is now the second-largest smartphone manufacturer by volume ahead of Apple and behind Samsung, and it has its eyes on first place.

The schematics of the phone is complex to say the least and details have not been particularly divulged yet.

According to the executive, the engineers have worked for three years on the patented hinge design. Around the back, at the left side is the spine which serves as the handle in tablet mode.

This is due to the clever design of the Mate X which uses a screen that folds outwards instead of inwards and makes use of a handy grip to store the cameras. When folded, the Huawei Mate X shows a view finder on both sides, so even the subjects in the frame can contribute to the creative process.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, nearly everyone was really surprised by the phone.

Huawei unveils Mate X folding phone to rival Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Mate X is packing two screens.

Analysts have, however, already been openly skeptical of the benefits the Mate X's 5G will bring.

The rear part of the display turns on when the phone is flipped around, with the Mate X offering a slightly smaller 6.38-inch panel with 25:9 aspect ratio. Before unfolding there is a 6.6 inche front screen with a resolution of 2480 x 1148, and a rear display measuring 6.38 inches with a resolution of 2480 x 892. That said, it does promise download speeds of "up to 4.6 Gbps". There's a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 40-megapixel wide-angle, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. However, so far the only advantages we can see is Huawei's mirror camera that allows you to see a picture as it is being taken. And when unfolded, you have some serious screen real estate for movie watching. Are you an iPhone follower or do you believe Huawei has better technology? The smartphone arrives with a suitable 4, 500mAh battery which is only worthy looking at the screen size on the smartphone. As usual, this is backed by a 55W Huawei SuperCharge-powered charger that can provide up to 85 percent juice in just 30 minutes. Also, it has Kirin 980, the latest processor from the Chinese producer.

Additionally, the headphone jack, a USB-C port, and memory card slot are all in place.

Professor Alan Barrell, of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, whose current work is focused heavily on the commercialization of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade said the Mate X is superior to its rivals.

Considering that the new phone is like having 2 phones in one, I guess the high price is rather expected. If it does, you won't need to carry around a Lightning cable.

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