Huawei unveils its own foldable smartphone — the Mate X

2019 might be the year of folding phones!

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Just days after the reveal of the Galaxy Fold, Huawei unveiled its own foldable smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2019, and it’s called the Mate X. Unlike its main competitor though, the screen folds on the outside!

The beauty of the Mate X design is that when folded, it’s essentially a phone with two displays — one at the front and one at the rear. In this configuration, the Mate X has a 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch display, with each side having a 2480×1148 and 2480×892 resolution respectively. Even when folded, the device is just 11mm thick; this is thanks to the fact that the Mate X has no gap in the fold.

Unfolded, the Mate X’s full OLED display clocks in at around 8-inches, and it has a 2480×2200 resolution (8:7.1 aspect ratio). In this mode, the Mate X is even thinner at only 5.4mm.



Even with its thin and light design, Huawei still managed to pack top-end specs in the Mate X. Powering the foldable phone is a Kirin 980 processor, the same as the powerful Mate 20/Mate 20 Pro. The phone also features a large 4,500mAh battery and Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G modem which will enable the Mate X to have 5G connectivity.



As for the cameras, the Mate X has a triple-camera setup, though Huawei has yet to confirm the actual specs of the lenses. The brand did say that performance should be up to par with the Mate 20 Pro; this might mean that the Mate X has the same triple-camera setup as the Mate 20 Pro.



Huawei is set to release the Mate X later this year with a price of €2,299 (around USD $2600 or PHP 136,000) for the 8GB + 512GB configuration.