Huawei Mate X Unfolds the Future of Smartphones Today

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The Mate X would be able to download a 1 gigabyte movie in three seconds but also be priced at 2,299 euros (US$2,607) when it goes on sale later this year, setting a new upper limit for consumer smartphones. The US has told European countries that it may find it hard to work with anyone who uses Huawei products in their networks after raising security concerns about the company.

Huawei has stepped up to the plate with a foldable smartphone that is bigger, thinner, and faster than Samsung's model launched earlier this week. And surprisingly to many, the name of that company is. The device folds slightly asymmetrically, so one side of the folded device has a slightly larger display area. All of these devices have plenty of similarities, but they're also quite different.

Samsung has just published a video on YouTube, giving us the closest look at the Galaxy Fold yet.

When folded out the screen measures at eight inches with 2480 x 2000 resolution and has a thickness of 5.4mm. First of all, it's the giant 8-inch AMOLED screen. From what our peepers could perceive, the display looks fairly impressive, with good dollops of brightness, contrast and colour, with the tablet screen looking particularly impressive. In comparison, the iPad Pro is 5.9mm thick. Like the S10, it too has a pre-order deal that will get you a freebie. This is where the three camera lenses are, alongside a fingerprint-scanning power button and a USB-C port. And did you notice there are no front cameras on this phone? On folding the device, the main screen reduces to 6.6 inches with a resolution of 2480×1148 pixels.

The Mate X has what is called "Falcon Wing Design". This is a 5G phone, and not just any: Huawei says it's the world's fastest foldable 5G phone, reaching download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, double that of the competition.

As for core hardware spec, the Huawei Mate X comes with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB storage drive.

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Huawei's Mate X has just the one screen on the outside.

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. However, all that futurism will come at a price, and a steep one at that.

Being a flagship device, there's no way that the Mate X would miss out 5G.

It has not set a price for the device. It's possible that the phone may actually cost a bit less in the United States, but we can not be certain yet. Seen in action it makes complete sense a foldable phone should work like this.

When folded, the thinner side of the Mate X tucks in nicely against the spine.

While the battery capacity of these new foldable devices all sit around the same levels, it's still not clear how much life they'll provide. We watched as the Mate X changed from a phone into a tablet while browsing YouTube.

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