Huawei's folding 5G Mate X smartphone wants to be your tablet, too

Huawei announces $3,425 foldable display Mate X smartphone

Huawei made sure to spotlight the foldable phone's 5G connectivity, an expertise on the heart of its quest for global dominance within the smartphone market.

At a time when the biggest smartphone makers - such as Samsung and Huawei - are placing their bets on the foldable smartphones, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is still skeptical about the "next chapter in mobile innovation".

When unfolded, this phone has really thin bezels, just like the Huawei Mate X, and it does not have a display notch, like Samsung's offering, the Galaxy Fold. There are a total of 6 cameras of the Galaxy Fold.

"The Huawei Mate X is a step into unknown territory", confirmed Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group.

Like other recent Huawei devices, the Mate X is powered by a 7nm Kirin 980 chipset.

The low-resolution images reveal a new prototype with a flexible display that bends around the outside of the handset, like the Huawei Mate X and Royole FlexPai. When opened, the Mate X measures just 5.4mm thick and when folded, it measures just 11mm.

A cover is also offered for the device in order to protect it from damage.

Shenzhen-based telecommunications and consumer electronics company Huawei announced their newest mobile phone, the Mate X, on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and it is set to cost customers a whopping USD2,600 including taxes (approximately RMB17,470 as of press time.) That's nearly double the price of an Apple iPhone Xs Max. The 5G connection chip will also be made by Huawei itself, named Baron 5000.

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The Huawei Mate X launches in Q2 this year for €2,299.

Arguably even more impressive is the new 55W Supercharge charger. It appears to be designed for high power enterprise users who need to have long batter life.

The grip bar is where makes the Mate X easy to use with one hand.

"This phone is not only for today for 5G but also for future 5G". This looks ok on paper, but it is still months, if not years, away from a real use of a 5G network.

NEC has unveiled its 5G base station radio units ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019 this week. Samsung will provide a model with 4G and a model with 5G.

Huawei calls the new hinge system a "Falcon hinge". With the Samsung coming in at a hefty $2,000, though, it's not hard to imagine Huawei's phone being similarly expensive.

Although the Galaxy Fold's industrial design comes across very impressively in this video, our initial concerns remain.

According to the latest reports from Asia in the past few hours, Samsung's Galaxy S10 will ship next month with a preinstalled copy of the Enjin crypto wallet, which supports Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and all Ethereum tokens (such as Basic Attention Token or Augur).

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