Huawei breaks price ceiling with $2,600 folding 5G smartphone

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Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X has slightly curved screens that fold backward.

"The Huawei Mate X has a large 8" screen with a 2480 x 2200 resolution and an 8:7.1 aspect ratio when unfolded with pretty thin bezels and no notch or "cliff" like the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Huawei has taken the wraps off their Huawei Mate X, the company's first folding smartphone. You end up with a 6.6-inch "main" display that sticks to the usual 19:5:9 aspect ratio (2480 x 1148 resolution) we've seen from full screen phones. Thus, all components required to power the device sit in the sidebar (that you can see raised on the back when Mate X is opened up) and this includes the processor, cameras, 5G antennas, and a lot more.

And the use of a protruding bar on the side of the phone when its opened up in tablet form that supposedly makes it easier to hold as well as packing in some of the gadget's guts and USB-C port. The Galaxy S10efeatures a 5.8inchinfinity display, dual rear-facing cameras, an in-display selfie camera, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3,100mAh battery and will be available with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be. Yes, Huawei's teaser suggested that a foldable phone might be unveiled at the show, but we weren't really expecting anything major.

When unfolded, the Mate X is 5.4 mm thick - thinner than the Apple iPad Pro 2018, and when folded, it is just 11 mm thick.

While Samsung adopts an inward folding approach, with a screen on the outside as well, Huawei has gone for an outward flex - better called as back-to-back fold.

Until Newsweek gets substantial hands-on time with the Mate X, however, the feel of the device can not be speculated on.

Foldable phones are all the rage as Samsung leads the way with the Galaxy Fold
Huawei claims to have the world's fastest foldable 5G phone

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.

Equipped with the world's first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, the chipset has unprecedented 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical).

"Today, the announcement of the Mate X clearly shows that Huawei is a technology innovation leader".

To recharge that big 'ole battery, Huawei gave the Mate X an incredible 55-watt power adaptor that can juice up the phone from zero to 85 per cent in just 30 minutes.

According to Samsung, it can be folded at least 200,000 times which means around 100 folds a day for five years if you plan on using the phone that long.

There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation. It looks pin sharp, running the same Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9 that you'd find on the Mate 20 Pro. That leaves the flexible screen exposed to the outside world at all times and at risk of scratching.

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