So today at their press conference in sunny Barcelona Huawei have taken the wraps of their newest smartphone the Huawei Mate X. This phone is a little bit different as it is showcasing not on but two of the latest bits of tech that will make phone and tablet loving buyers go a bit frothy at the mouth.
So what is all the hype about well I introduce you the Huawei Mate X, Huwaei’s first folding phone and also their 1st device with a 5G modem Two truly breathtaking new technologies folded (pun intended) into one sleek and dare I say sexy looking device I call it a device deliberately as this really is blurring the lines of what we can call a phone.
The device is coming in at an impressive 11m thick when in its closed form and then an iPad baiting 5.4 mm thin when unfolded.
Now to say it is 5.4 mm is a bit of stretch as that is not the uniform thickness as the device has got a section at the edge of it that house the camera’s and the charger which is 11mm but this also serves a dual purpose in that it allows for the device to be easily held in one hand.
As for the screens, there are technically two screens merging into one when opened out to its “tablet form” The front-facing screen measures in at an impressive 6.6” display with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 The rear facing screen will come in at 6.38” rear screen with a resolution of 2480 x 892 with an aspect ratio of 25:9. The folded out screen when in tablet mode will measure at 8” with a resolution of 2480 X 2200. and an aspect ratio of 8.7:9
As I already mentioned there is a very pronounced edge to the device that will refer to as the “grip” for now which house a lot of the other tech to make this thing work. In this section, we can see a USB Type C and 3 cameras which will be used in both front facing rear-facing duties. This makes the selfie camera the best in class as it is essentially using the rear camera setup.
Another cool feature of the camera is that due to the position of them on the back of the device the cameras and the rear screen will work together to allow for real-time shooting.
Let me explain. The phone will allow your subject to see a full preview of the picture you are taking in real time which is all good but in addition, if you just want to use it as a mirror then you can!
On the edges of this section is where we will find the 2 in 1 fingerprint sensor, which we know with this being a Huawei will be very responsive an accurate. I have to say that I like the fact that they are using a physical reader as I find them more reliable.
As for the rest of the internals, we can expect to find Dual Sim support and it will also take advantage of Huawei’s memory card format the Nano Memory card. There is 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB of storage on board.
The brains of this beautiful device are being powered by the awesome Kirin 980 and these have for the first time been partnered with the Balong 5000 5G modem to give the Worlds Fastest Foldable Phone, yes that is a direct quote from Richard Yu that you can take to the bank!
They are able to assure these awesome claims because they have integrated a Quad 5G antenna design which is capable of up to 4.6gbps in data speeds. These speeds will put the Mte X as up to 10x faster than the current crop of 4g smartphones when the network conditions are suitable. To put this into real and understandable terms the device will be able to download a 1GB file in 3 seconds which is well amazing. In the real world though it will allow for much faster throughput of data making our lives much easier.
So the next thing we need to cover off is what is going to power this slender silent behemoth. Well, of course, this being a Huawei they have gone big and thrown in a 4500Mah battery split over two different cells. Now the fact that they have done this is important as it means that the cells themselves are capable of receiving more charge quicker. How fast I hear you ask well how does 55w max charging speed sound! I believe that the only thing coming close to that currently in OnePlus’s Warp charge from the McLaren Edition OnePlus 6T. this will mean that you will be able to juice up to 85% in 30 mins which is awesome.
As an added bonus it will allow you to charge your Huawei laptop as well.
Finally how much will all this shiny goodness cost you?
Well, the price is 2229 Euro and it will be available from the middle of 2019
Here is a gallery of some of the images I took from the keynote when the device was announced.
Huawei Launches HUAWEI Mate X, the World’s Fastest 5G Foldable Phone
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BARCELONA, Spain—February 24, 2019—At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the World’s Fastest 5G Foldable Phone, HUAWEI Mate X, redefining smartphone design with a foldable form factor. Reflecting the innovative DNA of the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI Mate X features the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, 7nm multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, a high-capacity 4500mAh battery supporting the world’s fastest 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge and the brand new Interstellar Blue finish. When folded, the device is a huge display smartphone with a 6.6-inch screen, and when opened, it turns into a slim tablet with an 8-inch screen. The new multi-form factor revolutionises both productivity and entertainment experiences on a mobile device.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG, said, “The HUAWEI Mate X’s revolutionary form factor is achieved by Huawei’s relentless effort in R&D. It represents a voyage into the uncharted. As a new breed of smartphones, HUAWEI Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience. The HUAWEI Mate X will be the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living.”
Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge Strikes a Balance Between Technology and Aesthetics
A result of Huawei’s bold testing with novel smartphone form factors, the 2-in-1 smartphone and tablet HUAWEI Mate X features a high strength flexible OLED panel and a falcon wing mechanical hinge.
The 6.6-inch dual display panel equipped on the HUAWEI Mate X is a true FullView display. When unfolded, it transforms into an 8-inch tablet only 5.4mm thick. Images are displayed with great clarity and detail, and the panel itself is safe, durable and features outstanding cooling performance. As light as it is appealing, the foldable smartphone comes in a new Interstellar Blue that epitomises the beauty of technology and sets a higher bar for future smartphones.
With an exemplary design that blends style with technology, the revolutionary Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge supports movement, balancing between the overall aesthetics and technology. When unfolded, the screen is a perfectly flat surface; and when folded, the two halves of the screen fit snugly to the frame. The two modes—smartphone and tablet modes—transition seamlessly from one to another.
5G Smart Living with a Bigger Screen
HUAWEI Mate X is a multi-form factor that unlocks a new page of 5G interfacing era to reinvent productivity and entertainment. The innovative flexible OLED foldable FullView display, unique falcon wing mechanical hinge and the industry’s best 5G modem chipset Balong 5000 combine to deliver a new mode of interfacing, in which the large-screen experience and portability co-exist in harmony.
The expansive viewing area lends well to both productivity and entertainment scenarios—everything from editing a document to reading feels better on a larger screen. In addition, consumers are able to drag images from their photo gallery to their emails in split-screen mode. The larger screen allows consumers to do more with their time.
Huawei’s flagship smartphones have always come with powerful cameras, and the HUAWEI Mate X is no different. Inside the smartphone’s slim body is the latest Leica cameras, supporting the most advanced imaging features to date. The foldable design makes it possible for the camera system to play the role of both front and rear cameras. When folded, the HUAWEI Mate X shows a view finder on both sides, so even the subjects in the frame can contribute to the creative process.