The state of foldable phones right now is such a drag. Back at MWC 2019, it seemed like phones were about to change forever.
Both Samsung and Huawei had unveiled their new foldable form factors. There was so much hype, I was sure we’d be reviewing foldables from there on out.
It was a little bittersweet when Samsung’s Galaxy Fold started breaking and Huawei was all but banned from working with U.S. manufacturers. I can’t help but feel that if neither of these things happened, we’d be on our way to second generation foldables already.
So, we’ve gone back to reviewing the traditional form factor for smartphones. Don’t get me wrong — in the last few months we’ve seen some incredible offerings from Samsung, OnePlus and others, but I was so incredibly excited for a totally new form factor.
At IFA 2019, both Samsung and Huawei gave us more time with their upcoming foldable devices, and I have to say they’ve really re-kindled the hype I have for these phones. The Galaxy Fold feels a lot sturdier than it did previously, and Huawei gave us two solid hours to play with its upcoming Huawei Mate X.
I hadn’t spent much time with Huawei’s offering, so I wanted to give some impressions about how this phone operates, and also clear the air regarding some new developments we learned from Huawei CEO Richard Yu.
The Mate X feels incredibly practical
While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold feels more industrial than the Mate X, it forces you to use a small 4.6-inch display when folded. This is fine for minor things like checking the time and notifications, but it seems difficult to get actual work done in this state.
On the Huawei Mate X, you still get a 6.8-inch display to use when the device is folded. This seems much more practical because you can use the device as a standard smartphone during normal use, but expand it when you want a bigger display. More