If there is a theme to Mobile World Congress 2019, it’s the fact that the tech du jour on the showroom floor that drew the accolades were foldable phones. Samsung debuted the Galaxy Fold in their Unpacked 2019 event on the other side of the planet and Huawei joined in the party with the surprise announcement of their Huawei Mate X foldable phone at MWC 2019.
The general premise of a foldable phone is to offer two use cases – as both a large phone and as a tablet once you’ve deployed it by implementing a foldable display into its construction. It’s the best of both worlds as this concept combines a large display and portability too.
The Huawei Mate X has looks like an interesting take on concept as it implements the foldable display on the outside and uses what they call a Falcon Wing mechanical hinge to make it fold in and out. Rather than having your fingers besmirch the display, they’ve integrated a vertical sidebar that also houses the cameras.
When folded down, the Mate X has a 6.6-inch OLED FullView wordpress screen in keeping with a large phablet but if you flip it outwards, the panels deploy into a perfectly flat fashion to reveal a massive 8-inch display.
Powering the phone is their in-house Kirin 980 processor and a new Balong 5000 5G modem chip which, on paper, allows for the Mate X to download content at about 4.6Gbps which is blazing fast by any measure of the word. Other specifications include 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage and a fingerprint reader. Keeping it juiced is a 4,500mAh battery split between two batteries with their 55W huawei SuperCharge tech allowing for speedy charge up times at about an 85% charge in half an hour from dead zero. The price for this marvel? A very cool EUR 2,300 which works out to a whopping RM10,633 bucks, give or take some change. According to Huawei, it’ll be ready for deployment sometime in the middle of 2019 though there’s not firm word on when it will arrive in Malaysia. In the meantime, you can catch their intro video for the Mate X below.