The foldable 8-inch Huawei Mate X screen
The Huawei Mate X folds out into a 8-inch Android tablet, with a 6.6-inch screen on one side and a 6.4-inch (technically 6.38-inch) screen on the other when folded up. Its screen size seems just right for what we’ve envision from the future of foldables.
When the Huawei Mate X is unfolded, there’s no notch or corner cutout for the camera, either. Huawei’s first foldable phone has a bezel-reduced FullView display.
The way it folds is a little different, too. The 8-inch screen folds so that it splits into two, broken-down displays faces the outside. Samsung’s phone folds inward, with an extra small outer screen.
Dimensions and grip
Huawei calls its sophisticated-looking folding hinge the Falcon Wing hinge, and it allows the Mate X to lay completely flat, measuring just 5.4mm thin. The company says the hinge has 100 components inside of it.
For a comparison, this foldable phone is thinner than an iPad when it’s laid out in tablet mode. Apple’s only managed to get its form factor down to 5.9mm thin.
There is a prominent grip on the Mate X that Huawei says is an ‘ergonomic curvature’. It’s made a good case for why this grip exists: firm, secure holding in the hand.
Really, the grip exists for another good purpose: it’s where a lot of the major components are stored. The camera system is here, so is a 2-in-1 fingerprint sensor / power button.
The Huawei Mate X will come in an Interstellar Blue color, according to the company, but you’ll only see it on the thin top and bottom, and on the back unfolded. It’ll also have a case to protect those screens. No word on if the case is included for free.
Specs and battery life
Huawei claims to have the word’s fastest foldable 5G phone, and that’s not a claim as to how fast you can unfold and fold this thing. That’s what it sounded like at first.
No, the the company proudly claimed that “5G is on” in its super-charged Kirin 980 chipset, another knock to the fact that the Galaxy Fold will have a 4G LTE at its lofty starting price. Samsung didn’t even mention the price of the 5G version.
It has the world’s first 7nm 5G chip and sports a quad 5G antenna design, which can reach speeds of 4.6Gbps. You can download a 1GB movie in three seconds, says Huawei.
The company touts that these speeds are 10x current 4G LTE capabilities and it’s able to pull them off in 2019 because it’s in the middle of building 5G networks, so it’s able to do live testing.
Here are more Huawei Mate X specs announced at the press conference: it’ll come with 512GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM, and support Huawei’s smaller nano memory cards.
The battery life, despite the 8-inch screen size, is massive at 4,500mAh. It seems to be broken up into two parts, like the Galaxy Fold.
It’s a bit bigger than Samsung’s battery capacity, but then again the screen is larger, so it should even out.
The Mate X should also break records for charging. Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge tech not only surpasses the 40W charging in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it can reach 85% battery life in just 30 minutes.
The camera system
Huawei didn’t go into detail regarding how many cameras the Huawei Mate X has, but its camera system is located in down the spin hinge, which ends up with a USB-C port at the bottom.