Huawei is the latest tech company to unveil a foldable smartphone device, debuting its forthcoming foldable Mate X at a packed launch event in Barcelona in the early hours on Monday morning AEST. Huawei showed it off today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona but wouldn't let journalists touch it.
This roughly amounts to US$2600 or almost Rs 2 lakh, which is even expensive than the $1,980 price tag of the Samsung Fold.
"For Huawei to get close to Samsung's volumes this year, the company has to succeed the launch of its new P30 smartphone flagship device at the end of March, and to make sure it will create a brand halo effect on its entire phone portfolio".
The main thing about the Mate X is that Huawei has chosen to avoid any and all screen cutouts.
It comes days after Samsung unveiled its foldable device, ushering in a new design that has been many years in the making.
By doing this, it will seem as if you have a thicker top bezel, but the camera display hole will not be visible in most conditions due to deep blacks of Samsung's Dynamic AMOLED panel... that goes for basically any Galaxy S10 variants.
The hinge itself - dubbed, the Falcon Wing design - took three years to ideal and contains more than 100 components, so it's certainly one helluva complicated fold.
From a marketing standpoint, this is one of the better hands-on videos we have seen from a company. They use a flexible plastic screen that can be bent out of shape. There's also a 6.38-inch back display with a 25:9 aspect ratio.
Huawei is touting its uncompromised experience with this device, since there's no notch and cutout on the display. At its thinnest, the Mate X is 5.4mm.
A 4,500mAh battery powers the Mate X and Huawei is confident it should deliver capable life for users.
Huawei Mate X will arrive in the middle of 2019 for 2,299 (that's about $2,600) in only one color - Interstellar Blue. The Mate X will come with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space, which is more than enough for a phone, if you ask me.
Huawei claims the Balong is capable of 4.6Gpbs download speeds. You can also swap out the second SIM card for Huawei's NM card (256GB max.). On the back is a triple camera system which includes a 40 MP wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. There appears to be a four-camera array in the sidebar.
More specs will follow, as at our briefing there were no questions taken despite the lack of further details. Huawei was quick to compare the Mate X to the Galaxy Fold, pointing out that the Mate X is both thinner and features a larger display.