Huawei has burst into the niche foldable phone market with its first foldable smartphone Huawei Mate X 5G. The first 5G phone from Huawei was formally announced at a pre-MWC2019 event. The smartphone will be available for sale from mid-2019, and is expected at a robust Rs 2L+ cost. Initially, it will come in an Interstellar Blue colour only.
Huawei Mate X 5G is a tablet-phone hybrid, with a Falcon Wing design and without a display notch. It’s USP is its 3-way exterior folding design, which is in contrast to the inwards folding design of Samsung. It comes with a thickness of 5.4mm when unfolded, which is even thinner than the iPad Pro, and also thinner than other foldable phones. When folded, it carries an 11mm thickness as compared to the other 17 mm foldable phones.
The phone has a single 8-inch OLED display when open. It has an aspect ratio of 8:7.1, and a 2,480 x 2,200 resolution with 414 pixels per inch. When folded as a phone with dual display, Mate X brings in a 6.38-inch screen at the back with a 2480 x 892 pixels resolution. The back display can also be used to capture selfies. The other part covers the entire front of the phone, with a 6.6-inch screen, and a resolution of 2480 x 1148 pixels.
Huawei Mate X is a dual-SIM (Nano) device, and runs Android 9 Pie on top of EMUI 9.1.1. The phone is equipped with a Kirin 980 chipset paired with a Balong 5000 chip. As claimed by the company, the chipsets can facilitate downlink and uplink speeds much more efficient than what is provided by the 4G networks. The phone also carries 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, and can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
The smartphone has a Leica optics powered triple camera set up, with two at the front, and one at the rear. The primary camera has a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens, while the other two are with 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens respectively. The device also boasts of a mirror shooting mode, that helps users show to others what they are capturing on the rear display panel.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the phone brings in two battery packs placed on either side of the fold. The batteries offer 4,500mAh, and promise an 85 percent charge in just 30 minutes through a 55W Huawei SuperCharge.