More time with the Mate X and 5G news

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get a little bit more hands-on time with the Huawei Mate X. I thought I would take some time to give you my initial thoughts.

Before I dive into that first thoughts I must remind you that this is a prototype unit it one of the very few units that are being shown to the press and partners. It is however very near the end of its prototype phase and it feels like it is nearly a final design.

Iw as only able to get a very brief bit of time with the device really only enough time to get the picture above. The device does feel well built and solid and that, of course, stretches to the hinge which is strong and feels sturdy. The hinge actually provides some very good resistance when you open it so it isn’t flopping around which is great.

When the phone is opened into tablet mode the screen looks amazing and I could not personally see any sort of line where the hinge would have been. The texture of the screen given that it is plastic is nice it feels similar to when you have a high-quality screen protector on your phone. I am used to this as my current phone has got a screen protector from 3MK on it. The “grip like edge of the phone feels nice I the hand and there is not weighty awkwardness either.

We were not allowed to use he camera but we were given a demo of how it worked and I have to say I liked the solution particularly for when you are framing portait shots from the rear cameraas the subject can also see what is going on.

The sound was also pretty good as we had a song being played from the phone whilst we were taking these pictures and video.

That was about all we had time for but I did manage to get a picture of the specs of the device and by the looks of it we could see a lower cost version as well.This device being shown has only got 256 GB of storage whereas the device we were shown at MWC did have the higher storage of 512GB.
lastly, this is what the device looks like when it is held up to your ear.

Here are a few more shots for your viewing pleasure.


15 March, 2019 – London, UK – HUAWEI Mate X receives the world’s first 5G CE certificate awarded by TÜV Rheinland, a global leader in independent inspection services, which indicates the smartphone has smoothly passed the rigorous test and evaluation and become the world’s first 5G smartphone approved by the Notify Body of the European Union.


Bruce Lee, Vice President of Handset Business of Huawei Consumer Business Group said at the awarding ceremony, “Compared with the previous generation of communication technology and products, 5G technology and product forms are more complex. 5G certification testing standards and equipment still rely on continuous improvement. It is an unprecedented challenge to evaluate 5G smartphones. Through the collaboration of Huawei and TÜV Rheinland teams, the two sides have made significant breakthroughs in many key certification technologies. In the future, Huawei will continue to work with TÜV Rheinland to work together on the research of communication product certification technology and promote the scale of 5G terminals for commercial use.”


Mr. Stefan Kischka congratulated Huawei and said: “I’m glad that TÜV Rheinland has witnessed Huawei’s global 5G technological strength, which is exciting news for both industry and consumers. TÜV Rheinland has been working hard in the field of wireless communication technology for many years. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Huawei to create, promote and witness a new era of 5G.


As Huawei’s first 5G smartphone, HUAWEI Mate X is equipped with Huawei’s most sophisticated technology and patents. The HUAWEI Mate X runs on the Balong 5000 chipset, which is the world’s first multi-mode 5G SoC with 7nm process, being able to support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G with a single chip; Balong 5000 is the first to achieve the industry’s benchmark in 5G peak download rate, offering 4.6Gbps in Sub-6GHz (low frequency band, 5G main frequency band); Balong 5000 is the world’s first chipset to support SA and NSA simultaneously, with the ability to adapt to different hardware requirements and formats for users and telecom operators, making the HUAWEI Mate X the true 5G smartphone. In addition, Huawei integrates four sets of 5G antennas with many cutting-edge technologies in the thin folding body of HUAWEI Mate X. 5G signal transmission is smooth, strong and stable, and is completely ready for embracing the challenge of mass data transmission in 5G era.


TÜV Rheinland is responsible for the whole process of CE certification of Huawei 5G smartphones. CE certification is a necessary quality requirement of European Union on importing and selling products. It is also a mandatory identification to enter the European market. Commodities with CE certification indicate that they meet a series of directives such as wireless, safety, electromagnetic compatibility, health, environmental protection and consumer protection.


HUAWEI Mate X, which has passed the CE certification test this time, strictly abides by the rules and regulations during the whole development process no matter in device selection or design and development. Within the declared specifications, its radio frequency (RF), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), safety and SAR, and other aspects can all meet the strict certification standards of CE.


The acquisition of the world’s first 5G CE certificate for the smartphone has laid a solid foundation for the large-scale commercial use of 5G mobile phones in the future, and once again highlighted the leadership position of Huawei on 5G. Huawei will continue to actively promote the mature development of 5G industry and provide consumers with real 5G experience and services.