Huawei unveils its own foldable smartphone dubbed the Mate X

Huawei unveils its own foldable smartphone dubbed the Mate X

Huawei unveils its own foldable smartphone dubbed the Mate X

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, nearly everyone was really surprised by the phone.

As crowds three-deep jostled in front of a glass exhibit to gander at or take photos of Huawei's new Mate X foldable 5G smartphone-a $2,600 device that puts the premium in pricing.

Ian Fogg, an analyst at the mobile analytics company Opensignal said, "Both foldable phones are 5G-capable and are instantly distinctive from the smartphone designs of the last 10-years". That said, Huawei's foldable device could fit right in in science fiction movies, and it's similar to that mock foldable device Samsung had in its recent commercial, which showed off a design similar to the Galaxy Fold but with a bigger cover display. Watching various videos of the Huawei Mate X folding and unfolding I could (unfortunately) see an uneven area of screen in tablet mode, just like with the Royole Flexpai.

On a busy day of announcements, fellow Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced a new phone ready for the 5G era of data networks, while Nokia announced a range of new smartphones, including the Nokia 9 PureView, which includes five rear cameras. When folded the Mate X is a 6.6-inch screen smartphone and unfolded the screen-size is 8-inch.

Under the hood, the Mate X comes with the "world's first" 7nm 5G chipset with the Kirin 980 and Balong 5000.

Watching a Huawei spokesperson fold and unfold the screen was truly a sight to behold.

It should be noted than neither the Mate X nor the Galaxy Fold have been made accessible to the press to actually touch, use and get a feeling of the phones. According to Huawei, it can charge up to 85 percent in just 30 minutes, thanks to its 55W SuperCharge feature.

While certain apps and types of content won't necessarily fill the screen - a problem especially for watching video on the device - some games seem as though they'll be modified to support the Galaxy Fold's unique aspect ratio.

Nevertheless, the Huawei Mate X looks like a convincing foray into foldable tech, especially for a first generation.

The value tag for Huawei's foldable 5G-enabled phone, the Mate X, is downright astronomical.

A new four-minute video reveals a clearer picture of how the Galaxy Fold looks, ahead of its United Kingdom release on May 3, featuring the hinge and how apps such as Google Maps switch from a large display when the device is unfolded, to a traditional smartphone set-up when closed.

Oh, and the Mate X will cost an eye-watering €2299 (around $2,602 based on currency conversions) for an 8GB RAM/512GB storage variant. We can expect Apple to work on a foldable phone in order not to remain too much behind the main competitors.

Huawei's chairman said on Sunday recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. needed to get ahead in mobile communications through competition rather than seeking to block technology was "clear and correct". But it's also more functional-it's a mini tablet and smartphone in one.

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