HUAWEI ANNOUNCES THE MATE X FOLDABLE SMARTPHONE WITH 5G ENABLED FOR € 2,299

The foldable future is upon and us and after Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, we now have Chinese tech giant Huawei demonstrating the Mate X, which is its version of how a folding display should look like. Coming in at a whopping €2,299  (approx Rs 1.85 lakhs) the Mate X is anything but cheap and it only comes in one colour. Here’s what’s new on the phone.

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X actually fold outwards. The total diagonal screen-size after the device has been unfolded happens to be 8-inches while the folded phone has a 6.6-inch AMOLED display. The back of the phone also has a display when the device is folded and which is slightly smaller than the front at 6.4-inches owing to a hinge that houses the camera. The phone also has a thickness of 11 mm when it is folded. Apart from that, the phone will also be coming with 5G technology but one big disappointment is that it does not have a headphone jack.

The triple cameras, which as mentioned above are present on the side hinge of the phone, are made in association with German camera maker Leica, like the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro.  Inside the phone, we see the 7 nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset and Balong 5000 5G modem along with a space for dual-SIM cards. The thickness of the phone when it is unfolded is an astonishing 5.8 mm.

The Mate X has a 4,500 mAh battery and it also comes with a bundled 55W charger that can charge the device from 0-85 percent in 30 minutes. This charger can also be used to charge a type-C laptop as well. The power key on the side doubles up as a fingerprint reader.

The middle hinge of the phone has been made using Falcon Wing design and has taken more than three years to perfect as per Huawei. The phone comes in a single 8 GB RAM + 512 GB internal storage variant. The company hasn’t provided us with an exact date but the Mate X is said to be sold in the next half of 2019.

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