Forget the Galaxy Fold, Huawei just unveiled an absolutely gorgeous foldable phone

Designer Imagines 'Folding iPhone X' in New Concept

Did Huawei just blow Samsung out of the water with the MWC 2019 announcement of the world's first out-folding smartphone?

"It is not just only one phone", said Clement Wong, director for product marketing at Huawei.

Huawei said its Mate X would be available later in the year to coincide with the launch of 5G networks, which are expected to begin limited rollout in the summer in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It contains the top-shelf Kirin 980 processor, paired with Huawei's blazing fast Balong 5000 all-in-one 5G radio chipset. The phone is set to be available in Q2 2019 for starting from US$1,980.

- A 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED front display, with the device unfolding to reveal a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED flexible screen inside.

The next-generation wireless technology promises to ratchet up internet speed and support an "Internet of Things" in which embedded chips enable the creation of smart networks of vehicles, household devices and more.

Speaking on the NCSC findings regarding the safety of Huawei's equipment, Ren reiterated the fact that many of UK's mobile companies, including Vodafone, EE and Three, are working with Huawei to develop their 5G networks. Using the four 5G antennas, the Mate X achieves theoretical transfer rates of up to 4.6 Gbps.

- 4500mAh battery with SuperCharge capability.

At €2299 (or around $3660.7 AUD), the Mate X comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.

On paper, Huawei has made something special with the Mate X. It's made sure that this foldable phone goes beyond the gimmick, packing in some serious camera tech and making sure both variants of the device have a reason to exist.

Other snazzy features include a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu had previously hinted at a foldable phone during an investor meeting in January and he was on stage in Barcelona to showcase the Mate X and it's foldable screen at conference session in Barcelona. It's not just utilitarian, though, the post also makes for a convenient way to grip the Mate X, and Huawei is confident this will make it comfortably usable single-handed. Huawei seems to have put a lot of thought into designing the device. It has a groove called a sidebar that allows you to hold the phone from one end.

The Mate X's screen wraps around the outside so users can still view it when it's closed, unlike the Galaxy Fold (pictured), which has a screen that folds shut. "Now we are letting you get up close to the device and giving you a glimpse of what you can unlock with this new form factor.The industry is buzzing about this being the most exciting smartphone innovation in years and we couldn't agree more", Samsung says. Phone makers still face a huge uphill battle convincing people that foldable phones will be worth buying.

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