The Mate X foldable smartphone from Huawei will launch in July 2019, according to a leaked roadmap that was posted to Chinese website PCpop. A slide showing the date, was shown during a marketing presentation by Huawei to Chinese retailers. They were told Huawei will initially produce a first batch of 100.000 devices.
Huawei doesn’t plan to delay the introduction of the Mate X, despite the problems Samsung are facing with the quality and durability of their foldable display, causing them to postpone the introduction of the Galaxy Fold. Industry watchers say the Mate X display seems less vulnerable because it folds outward, not inward like the Galaxy Fold. The bend radius is bigger, therefore the display is under reduced strain. However, at the same time the Mate X display is more vulnerable to dust and scratches because the display is exposed when folded. It’s expected that the Mate X will come under intense scrutiny from reviewers when released.
Huawei introduced their foldable phone ahead of Mobile World in Barcelona. The device has a single display that can fold in half. When unfolded it becomes a tablet with 8 inch diagonal screen and when folded it’s 6.6 inches for the front panel and 6.38 inches for the back panel. The resolution of the display when unfolded is 2480 x 2200 (more than 5K). Folded that becomes 2480 x 1148 for the front panel and 2480 x 892 for the back panel.
Huawei beats Samsung with the thickness of the device. When folded, it’s only 11 millimeters thick (whereas Samsung was 17mm). It’s also pretty light, we noticed during a brief hands-on with the device.
According to Huawei, it folds fully flat due to a special hinge they designed.
The phone/tablet is powered by a 4500 mAmp battery and runs on a Kirin 980 CPU, clocked at 2.6 GHz. There’s also a Mali-G76 GPU and a ‘neural network processing unit’
5G and lots of sensors
The device has 5G cellular networking capability and a dual sim-slot. It runs Android 9 with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. It has Bluetooth 5.0 and a USB type-C connection. It’s packed with sensors: a gravity sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, fingerprint sensor (built into the on/off button on the side), hall sensor, barometer, Infrared sensor and colour temperature sensor
The three camera’s are made by German brand Leica: a 40 megapixel sensor with wide angle lens, 16 MP ultra wide angle and a 8 MP telephoto. It’s not clear if all these lenses can be used in video and if seamless optical zoom is possible.
The foldable phone is available in one color: Interstellar Blue. The price tag is even more hefty than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. You’ll have to shell out €2295 for the privilege of owning one.