We’re not far into 2019 but already we’ve seen what are likely to be two of the stand-out handsets of 2019: the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold, representing the start of a wave of incoming foldable phones that could transform the entire mobile industry.
So how exactly do these two folding phones stack up against each other? And which (if either) should you be spending thousands of pounds (or dollars) on? Here we’re going to fill you in on how the devices compare in all the areas that matter, from design to specs.
The design is one of the areas where there’s a difference straight away: the Huawei Mate X folds back on itself (leaving the big tablet screen exposed when the phone is folded), whereas the Samsung Galaxy Fold folds in on itself (so the big tablet screen is hidden away when the phone is folded).
Which one you prefer is up to you, but the Huawei approach leaves the screen open to scratches in your pocket, while the Samsung approach seems as though you would have to worry more about wear and tear – and also introduces another separate screen on the outside of the device (when folded).
The Huawei Mate X has the bigger screen overall, measuring 8 inches against the 7.3 inches of the Samsung Galaxy Fold when both devices are in tablet mode. When opened out the Samsung device has a notch that holds two forward-facing cameras, whereas the Huawei phone is all screen, with the cameras on the back.
In the case of the Huawei Mate X, the cameras are built into a little lip or chin that helps you hold the device in tablet mode, and helps to dock the folded phone a little more easily when it’s closed. Overall we’d say the Huawei Mate X wins in terms of pure aesthetics, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a great-looking foldable phone too.