Huawei Mate X Unfolds the Future of Smartphones Today

The near future of foldable phones seems to be expensive as the Huawei Mate X will start at €2,299 (about $2,600) with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in comparison to Samsung's Galaxy Fold which also has a hefty price tag of $1,980.

Here comes the deluge of folding phones, folks.

However, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Fold it does not have a second display on its reverse side.

Just like the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X is a smartphone-tablet hybrid that folds down the middle.

On its front, the Mate X features a 6.6-inch display. The front has a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and 2480 x 892 on the back.

Functionality-wise Huawei promised that this design offers two-app multitasking while in tablet mode.

It's an astonishingly slender device. Even when folded, the device is not too thick at 11mm, and when unfolded it measures just 5.4mm.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the purported billboard for the Mate X. Instead, one side of the phone has a curving grip that the screen nestles back into. This is where the three camera lenses are, alongside a fingerprint-scanning power button and a USB-C port.

Folding phones are going to be tied to 5G, because 5G networks will make people want "A large display...for a great multimedia experience", Streit said.

In case you thought Samsung's $US2,000 ($2,805) Galaxy Fold was a singular shot at making a flexible phone, check this out. And since the Mate X uses the same camera no matter what kind of photo you're taking, Huawei reckons this handset delivers "best in class" selfies. Huawei says the hinge system used in the phone is patented and has over 100 components. So... how do you feel about this new Huawei Mate X? Following the lead of Samsung, which showed off its first-ever foldable smartphone this week, the Chinese giant today gave us a look at its take with the Huawei Mate X. It packs dual-SIM support for widespread connectivity as well. It ensures download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps or 10X what you could get on a 4G device.

Huawei said its Mate X would be available later in the year to coincide with the launch of 5G networks, which are expected to begin limited rollout in the summer in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The 7nm Balong 5000 modem brings 5G support to the device. Tapping a phone against a laptop transfers the file immediately and also works with clipboard items, pictures and videos.

There's no word yet on how much the Huawei Mate X will cost if and when it comes to Australia. How about battery life? However, if you do lose out on charging the device, well, the 55W SuperCharge adapter is here to the rescue. It should honestly raise the bar when it comes to topping up the battery while you're on the go.

  • Arturo Norris