Huawei claims to have the world's fastest foldable 5G phone


When jaws dropped at the $1,980 price of Samsung's first folding phone, Huawei said "Hold my beer".

As expected, Huawei today officially announced the Huawei Mate X, the world's fastest 5G foldable phone. On folding the device, the main screen reduces to 6.6 inches with a resolution of 2480×1148 pixels.

Samsung has just published a video on YouTube, giving us the closest look at the Galaxy Fold yet. Samsung's One UI enables you to activate a black bar at the top of the display, as you would on a number of phones that come with a display notch. And thanks to Huawei's alternative layout, the Mate X gains some notable advantages over Samsung's take.

Other new hardware includes the Matebook 14, a 14-inch touchscreen laptop equipped which Huawei said can be used for 14 hours without charging for office work. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the side, doubling as a power button.

Argos' head of technology Phil Elford added that as one of its best-selling phone brands, the retailer expects customers to "embrace the great price as well as the breakthrough innovation this new model provides".

The device has a display on the front and the back when closed but can fold outwards, opposite to the book-like opening on the Galaxy Fold. This design also allows Huawei to use the same LEICA camera system for both the front and rear of the device.

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When you flip the device over, there is a black bar that acts as a grip when in tablet form. It's to be noted that this seems to be the weak-point of Huawei's design as it doesn't look almost as refined as Samsung's attempt.

According to Samsung, it can be folded at least 200,000 times which means around 100 folds a day for five years if you plan on using the phone that long. Huawei, on the other hand, has different plans for its foldable device.

Huawei's Mate X has just the one screen on the outside. It'll be for the early adopters and hyper-enthusiasts out there, who would spare no resources to get the most cutting-edge device there is. Here Huawei first proclaims it's able to charge the phone at 55W of power, reaching 85% of capacity from empty in just 30 minutes.

Thus, it becomes apparent, that the Huawei Mate X will in no way be a mass consumer product.

The Huawei Mate X will be available from 2299 euros (~$2600) starting in "mid-summer". In fact it seems Huawei is aware of this as they also presented a protection case in which you can slip the whole device in, trying to address this compromise of this surely better looking, but likely less practical design.

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Huawei announced its foldable display smartphone, the Mate X. For 5G connectivity, it has Huawei's own Balong 5000 5G modem which offers dual-SIM connectivity as well.