MWC 2019 is now underway in Barcelona and Huawei was first in line to show off its latest innovations. While the price tag is exorbitant, it's hardly surprising as the phone offers two nascent technologies, 5G and foldable display technology.
Its folded thickness is 11mm which is pretty slim for a foldable device at present and you essentially get a dual-screen smartphone on folding the device. Huawei has priced it at a whopping and mind-numbing (as one adjective didn't feel quite right) 2,299 euros for the 8GB+512GB variant and Interstellar Blue color.
USA and Chinese negotiators are set to meet for a sixth straight day of negotiations on Sunday as they work to strike a deal ahead of a March 1 deadline on a trade dispute which has disrupted global commerce and slowed the world economy. Huawei plans to start shipping its first foldable device sometime in mid-2019 but admitted finding it hard to lower the cost of making the unique phone.
You can still see a slight crease, but Huawei's Mate X might just be the best foldable phone we've seen yet. The billboard has three images of the phone in various stages of the device being unfolded. It's just 0.43 inches (11 mm) thick when folded closed. Featuring what Huawei calls a falcon wing hinge and a flexible exterior screen, the Mate X's design is nearly the exact opposite of what Samsung did with the Galaxy Fold. This has been made possible by the Falcon Wing design, a patented 100-component hinge mechanism. Like the Galaxy Fold, this device has two batteries, one in each half of the Mate X, with a combined capacity of 4500mAh.
The Mate X offers a front-facing 5.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
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Huawei is touting its uncompromised experience with this device, since there's no notch and cutout on the display. And thanks to Huawei's alternative layout, the Mate X gains some notable advantages over Samsung's take.
The Mate X boasts some power in it, too.
The Mate X is the answer to a question Huawei faced as it sought to satisfy smartphone users' demands for bigger screens and longer battery life, said Richard Yu, CEO of its consumer business group. This makes the chipset capable of achieving downlink speed of up to 4.6Gbps.
- Triple lens Leica camera system. There appears to be a four-camera array in the sidebar. This bar is there for grip, too, when you use the device as a tablet.
Mate X comes with an upgraded 55W version of Huawei SuperCharge, which supposedly charges the phone to 85% in 30 minutes. Yes, Huawei's teaser suggested that a foldable phone might be unveiled at the show, but we weren't really expecting anything major.