Huawei Launches Mate X Folding Phone at MWC 2019

Huawei foldable 5G 25Feb2019

The device has a foldable screen that extends from 6.6 inches to 8 inches when unfurled. Admirers jockeyed to get a close look at the Galaxy Fold, a $1,980 bendable model unveiled last week in San Francisco.

Analysts have, however, already been openly skeptical of the benefits the Mate X's 5G will bring.

Like the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X is for early adopters only.

Samsung has offered a more detailed glimpse of its forthcoming £1,700 foldable smartphone in action.

Huawei praised the design of the Mate X heavily, emphasizing that unlike competitors, the company didn't have to turn to gimmicks like camera notches, which in turn leads to increased screen estate.

Samsung took the opposite approach to Huawei by putting its folding screen on the inside of its device, with another smaller screen on the front panel for use when its is closed.

South Korea's LG and China's Oppo have also made 5G smartphone announcements here, although they have yet to release the pricing or availability of their models. The Huawei launch drew enormous crowds. At occasions, they burst into excited applause.

Samsung tried the same, but since the Galaxy Fold folds inwards, we get a slightly thicker device, albeit with a more premium book-like look.

Samsung said it expects to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26.

LG has yet to reveal the full cost or release date of them, but did disclose other specifications including as 5G network compatibility and three rear cameras.

And that bookish form factor makes more sense than Huawei's futuristic design.

Add to that Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will grow hand in hand with the 5G rollout and the growth that will allow in the Internet of Things (IoT) and we are looking at the four days which would give a window into a future world which is better connected, faster, more efficient and cleaner.

One thing Huawei didn't mention at the event were the recent USA accusations over security. Last month, United States prosecutors revealed criminal charges against the company, alleging that Huawei stole trade secrets and worked to skirt USA sanctions on Iran.

"This is not something that should be decided by politics", Huawei's chairman Guo Ping said on Sunday, ahead of the formal start of Mobile World Congress.

The phone aims to provide users with a larger, more portable screen, that also has the latest gadgets.

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