Days after Samsung unveiled its unique foldable phone – Samsung Galaxy Fold – the Korean giant already has some stiff competition from the Chinese arch-rival Huawei, who unveiled the world’s first foldable 5G smartphone formally announced at a pre-MWC conference in Barcelona.
The Huawei Mate X, which is expected to go on sale from somewhere in the middle of 2019 supports 5G network connectivity that would deliver high-speed data access to its users. Powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, the phone has two notch-less OLED FullView Display panel on the outer body that helps the device transform into an 8-inch tablet.
As far as the pricing is concerned, then unquestionably the unique technology is not at all cheap. The Huawei Mate has been globally priced at a whopping EUR 2,299 (roughly Rs. 2,09,400) for the 8GB RAM/ 512GB storage variant. Reportedly, Xiamoi and Vivo are said to be working on foldable phones and with them coming with their version of the hardware, the price might slash down to some extent in the future.
The Huawei Mate X runs lastest android Pie on top of EMUI9.1.1 which when folded, offers a 6.6-inch display experience at the front, with a pixel count of 1148×2480 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is designed to fit in hand and is fine enough for one-hand operations. The device when unfolded sports an 8-inch screen.
Moreover, the Huawei Mate X is 5.4mm thick when unfolded which is 1.5mm less thick than Samsung’s Galaxy fold and 11mm thick when folded over the 17mm other foldable phone. The Huawei Mate X has 8GB RAM.
There is also the Huawei Balong 5000 5G chipset that comes as the world’s first 7nm modem, capable of delivering up to 4.6/ 2.5Gbps downlink/ uplink speeds on Sub-6GHz. On mmWave, the chipset can deliver up to 6.5/ 3.5Gbps downlink/ uplink speeds.
The camera setup includes three sensors, including a 40-megapixel sensor (wide-angle lens), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide-angle lens), and an 8-megapixel sensor (telephoto). The phone also has a mirror shooting mode that lets users show the preview of what they’re capturing to others, thanks to the rear display panel. Moreover, there is 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology that is rated to deliver 85 percent of power in 30 minutes of charge.
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