Huawei Mate X claims to be 'world's fastest' foldable 5G phone

Huawei Mate X foldable phone

Samsung Electronics examining a new naming arrangement for its next generation flagship phones following the launch of its Galaxy S10 series devices last week, a corporate source said Sunday.

Huawei, the embattled Chinese tech superpower, has announced its first foldable smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

According to Huawei's Richard Yu, Huawei engineers spent the better part of three years working on the Mate X's "Falcon Wing" hinge.

Huawei Mate X comes in a single blue colour that has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Unfolded you have an 8-inch tablet display with a 8:7:1 aspect ratio and a 2480 x 2200 resolution. As the name suggests the grip is designed for you to keep hold of the Mate X more easily when it's in tablet mode, as well as housing a bunch of the hardware. The foldable screen mirrors the display so the subject can see how they look in real-time. The secondary screen is also the screen to use if you want to take a selfie.

Because there's now a display in the back, the rear camera can also act as the front camera.

Huawei is pulling out all the stops in other areas, too. On the Mate 20 Pro from late 2018, Huawei introduced 40-watt charging speeds, but the Mate X is even quicker with support for charging speeds of 55 watts, almost 40% faster. For starters, Huawei said the phone was "ultra slim" and "ultra-compact" "opening to just 5.4mm thick and folding to a slimline 11mm".

Huawei simplified the design by only having the one screen used right in contrast to Samsung's dual display setup. At its thinnest, the Mate X is 5.4mm.

The SoC is coupled with another homegrown component, the Balong 5000 5G modem. And thanks to Huawei's alternative layout, the Mate X gains some notable advantages over Samsung's take.

"The Mate X also boasts a 4500 mAh battery with "Supercharge" support, charging the device from 0% to 85% in just 30 minutes, catering to today's media-heavy users".

Huawei just announced its first foldable phone Mate X at MWC 2019.

"A 5G smartphone comes with added costs and a limited consumer network; that's why, for us, we see 2020 as more realistic for releasing a 5G smartphone". The billboard has three images of the phone in various stages of the device being unfolded.

There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation.

The Mate X's insides are equally as impressive. The back is sized slightly smaller, at 6.38-inches, in order to make room for the four cameras and flash, while the front display is larger at 6.6-inches. But this is also where the cameras lie. The modem is paired with the company's Kirin 980 chipset.

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