The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

The worlds fastest growing mobile company has long had a chip on its shoulder when it comes to Apple and Samsung. For too long, the company has had to go out of its way to remind the world that its capable of being every bit as innovative as those better established brands, a concept very much at the heart of the Mate X.
The device lives right at the cross section of the years biggest forward looking trends foldables and 5G, and unlike some of the concepts weve seen to date, the product does so with panache.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

It is, of course, a bit of a wild west when it comes to form factors for the burgeoning foldable space. In a quick, behind the scenes briefing ahead of todays press conference at MWC, we were given the opportunity to see the handset in action. It was, admittedly, a little more rushed than wed like, involving no actual hands on time with the product it was more of a stand behind this rope and snap off a couple of photos situation.
No touching, no followup questions. The company promised to shed more light on the product today, as Richard You takes the stage, but for now, it appears to be the kind of cautious presentation one gives involving a device that isnt quite ready to be put through its paces. Even so, its a heck of a lot closer and with much better lighting than we got the first time Samsung showed off its own entry.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

And from these early glimpses, Im mostly impressed with what the Chinese manufacturer was able to do here. Huaweis brought some clever touches to the product category, and designed what looks to be a pretty slick devices from most angles.
The device is thin, as far as tablets go, at 5.4 mm, unfolded. Closed, its nearly double that, at 11 mm. Not thin, exactly, but still a heck of a lot easier to slip into your pants pockets than the 17mm Galaxy Fold.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

More impressive is what the companys been able to do with its displays. The screen is very much the thing on these products, and yet the Folds outside screen only measures 4.6 inches. The Mate X, meanwhile, sports a pair of outward-facing displays, the larger of which measures 6.6 inches at 2480 x 1148 pixels, with a 19:5 aspect ration.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

The flip side is 6.38 inches, allowing for space for the camera bar a chin that folds over to meet the display. The system features a Leica lens and the design is such that photo subjects can see themselves on the outward-facing display as a shot is taken. On the devices side is a combo fingerprint reader/power button.
Unfolded using the proprietary Falcon Wing hinge (three years in the making, according to mobile CEO Richard Yu), the inside screen is a full eight inches. Thats certainly enough room to have a pair of apps open, side by side. While we didnt get closer than a few feet away, the vantage point was enough to spot a visible crease in the middle of the phone, detectable when it caught the overhead lights.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable

The other key part here is, naturally, the 5G. Huawei, of course, manufacturers its own 5G network gear, which means that, unlike most of the competition, its been able to speed test. The company calls the Mate X the worlds fastest 5G phone words that admittedly dont mean a heck of a lot, at the moment. That said, its promising download speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, which should translate to a 1GB movie download in three seconds.
Inside are a pair of batteries that add up to 4,500mAh youre going to need something beefy inside to deal with all of those screens and 5G, which is a notable battery drainer. The companys Kirin 980 processor is also on board for the device.
Update:The handset will be available mid-year, priced at, get this, $2,600.
The Mate X is Huaweis 5G foldable
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