Commenting on the launch of Huawei’s Mate X at Mobile World Congress, Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, says: “Following Samsung’s much hyped Galaxy Fold announcement on Wednesday, it seems that ‘foldables’ are the flavour of the season. Huawei, never backwards in coming forwards, is throwing its own hat into the ring with the launch of the Mate X, the world’s first foldable 5G phone.
“While tech fans will have to wait a little longer for the highly touted P30 and P30 Pro, the launch of Huawei’s foldable handset offers more than enough to tide over smartphone fanatics in the meantime.
“The Mate X folds out to be the size of a tablet, opening seamlessly to turn its two screens into a single 8 inch notchless display, coined ‘Fullview’, and designed with one-handed use in mind. Boasting the company’s flagship Kirin 980 chipset, the handset also has a new Leica camera and a hybrid power-button and fingerprint sensor to ensure a full screen experience without compromise.
“What separates Huawei’s newest release, however, is the addition of a 5G-ready modem – a feature that Samsung was reluctant to include so early in the development of this new technology. The Mate X also boasts a 4500 mAh battery with ‘Supercharge’ support, charging the device from 0% to 85% in just 30 minutes, catering to today’s media heavy users.
“In fact, Huawei are so confident of their new star attraction, they have even designed a bespoke case for it – although the case is on sale separately of course.
“While the exclusivity of Samsung’s handset will ensure it peaks interest, the greater incorporation of foldable technology and 5G infrastructure in the Mate X will be what helps separate these two tech heavyweights – and could see Huawei land a telling early blow on what is likely to become one of the market’s key battlegrounds from now on.
“While tech fans will have to wait a little longer for the highly touted P30 and P30 Pro, the launch of Huawei’s foldable handset offers more than enough to tide over smartphone fanatics in the meantime. However, at €2,299, it may be that all but the hardcore Huawei faithful are deterred by its high initial price point, despite its impressive array of tech.”