A few days ago, on February 20, Samsung unveiled its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Now it’s Huawei’s turn to launch its own foldable device in Barcelona, during the annual MWC. It’s called Huawei Mate X and will be avaiable later this year, maybe in June. It represents a completely different idea of how a foldable device should be engineered and designed, compared to that of Samsung. Galaxy Fold has an external small 4.6” display, and another larger screen that folds up when you open the device. It’s like an in-folio with a screen on the cover and another one inside. On the other hand, Huawei proposes a device that’s completely wrapped by an external screen.
When closed, the Mate X sports a 6.6” display on the front and a smaller one on the back side and is thinner that the fold (11mm vs 17), even if considerably thicker than anything flagship smartphone on the market today. Like some dual screen smartphones on the market, this solution can come in handle for some uses and eliminates the need of a notch: the rear camera becomes the selfie camera. When unfolded, the screen is 8” large, with a bizarre 8:7 ratio and an handle on one side. Like Samsung, Huawei stresses the research that’s been done on the hinge, composed of more that 100 elements and presented as the solution of “a challenge against physical nature”. Richard Yu, Ceo of Huawei consumer, presented the Mate X as “the world’s fastest foldable 5G phone.” And a very expensive one: It will cost $2290