The Huawei Mate X folding phone, which is dubbed the "world's fastest foldable 5G phone", comes mere days after Samsung unveiled its own foldable device, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and appears in every way a strong and fierce rival to the South Korean-made device. "Flipping the phone around with the "bar" facing us, we're presented with a narrower display which stands in at 6.38" and a resolution of 2480 x 892 and a resulting aspect ratio of 25:9.
As for cameras, the Huawei says the Mate X was "co-engineered" with Leica, featuring a 40MP wide angle, 16MP ultra wide angle and 8MP telephoto cameras. This bar is there for grip, too, when you use the device as a tablet.
The extra screen means that it can act like a mirror for when you take a picture of someone.
Huawei has also developed what it's calling OneHop technology that lets users quickly share media and files from Huawei phones to the MateBook X Pro in seconds with NFC technology (used in PayWave) and Wi-Fi Direct by holding the phone near the bottom right corner of the laptop. While the price tag is exorbitant, it's hardly surprising as the phone offers two nascent technologies, 5G and foldable display technology.
The spine hosts the Mate X's triple camera and also helps with handling - it's about 11mm thick, which is double the thickness of the rest of the device (5.4mm). But unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold it doesn't have separate exterior and interior screens that are accessed by folding the thing like a book.More news: IS bride Shamima Begum: 'I regret speaking to the media'
A cover is also offered for the device in order to protect it from damage. It has dual SIM support (nano only) but only SIM 1 supports 5G. The device will also have 55W SuperCharge, with claims that the Mate X can charge up to 85% of its battery in 30 minutes.
"A 5G smartphone comes with added costs and a limited consumer network; that's why, for us, we see 2020 as more realistic for releasing a 5G smartphone". Looking ahead, online discussion will no doubt focus on the visibility of the phone's hinge-a major talking point on social media during the February 20 reveal of Samsung's Fold.
There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation.
In terms of specifications, the Mate X is very much a high end phone. The video looked great on the 8-inch screen and Huawei confirmed that it will be able to play back 4K video. Today, with the pre-order option, they won't only be the first to own the latest member of the Galaxy S family, they will also benefit from its premium features and groundbreaking innovations in display, camera and performance. The modem is paired with the company's Kirin 980 chipset.