Huawei Mate X Unfolds the Future of Smartphones Today

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Still, in Europe, the Huawei Mate X will be priced at €2299 and be available from the middle of 2019. The Mate X measures in at 5.4 mm thick in tablet mode, and 11 mm thick when folded.

During the presentation, it's stressed that the phone does not have a gap when folded.

Samsung will have the Galaxy Fold on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The Mate X will come with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space, which is more than enough for a phone, if you ask me. When folded, it can be used as either a 6.3-inch or 6.6-inch smartphone. Unfolded you have an 8-inch tablet display with a 8:7:1 aspect ratio and a 2480 x 2200 resolution. The front has a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and 2480 x 892 on the back.

It comes in just one colour, Interstellar Blue, but Huawei says it will likely add more colour options in the future.

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It's an astonishingly slender device.

The Mate X is also fairly slim for what it is, sitting at 5.4mm thick. The device folds slightly asymmetrically, so one side of the folded device has a slightly larger display area. On the back of that grip is a vertically-aligned triple camera system, along with a flash.

There are no camera bumps on this phone and the fingerprint sensor is directly on the power button. The of the ridge holds the charging connector and a vertical camera array, both of which pose limitations to the display's thickness.

Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Fold and while the phone did look impressive, there are some concerns about its dimensions and small secondary display.

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Huawei has emphasised the phone's hinge has over 100 components inside it.

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The phone includes the company's 7nm Balong 5000 5G modem. It uses a Quad 5G antenna to connect to the 5G networks coming online this year, so expect superfast image uploading. Tapping a phone against a laptop transfers the file immediately and also works with clipboard items, pictures and videos.

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LG Electronics' president and head of mobile, Kwon Bong-seok, said recently that the brand wouldn't be doing anything dramatic as it looks to re-establish itself in the smartphone market - but also reiterated that LG was ready to go with a flexible phone when the opportunity was right. It will support 5G out of the box. How about battery life?

As for the fold, Samsung has created a sturdy backbone through a hinge system with multiple hidden interlocking gears. The speed of the Kirin 980 processor is unknown, as well as the capabilities of its cameras.

With premium mobile phones already costing well over $US1000 ($1400) a piece, customers have been turning to cheaper alternatives, often made by lesser-known companies. Within 30 minutes, Huawei promises, you can charge the Mate X up to 85-percent - or around 3,825 mAh - from fully discharged.

Huawei Mate X - Unfolded.

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