The futuristic Huawei Mate X.

The futuristic Huawei Mate X

4th Mar 2019

As one of the pioneers of the revolutionary ’foldable phone’, the Huawei Mate X has definitely made an impact since its reveal at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC Barcelona 2019) last month, many reviews stating that Huawei is pathing the way for future smartphone technology. The Mate X is slim (as far as foldable phones/tablets go), sleek, and essentially a sci-fi dream come true; not to mention its 5G capabilities. What we deemed such a futuristic concept for phones and tablets, is now a reality, but what makes the Mate X so special?

Specifications:

- Foldable phone with its screen on the outside.
- Main 8” nearly square AMOLED screen, 2480 x 2200px, 414ppi.
- Unfolded 5.4mm thick, bulging strip for a firm grip, folded - 11mm thick.
- Folded divides into front 6.6” and back 6.38” tall 25:9 screens.
- Fingerprint in power key.
- World’s fastest 5G phone, 1GB movie in 3 seconds.
- 4500mAh battery, divided into 2 cells in each half.
- 55-watt Huawei SuperCharge, 85% in 30 minutes.
- New Leica Triple Camera, Best-in-class selfie.
- 512GB storage with expandable storage via Nano-Memory, that goes up to 256GB.

A number of smartphone companies are unveiling foldable phones in 2019, with Samsung unveiling its Galaxy fold smartphone around the same time as Huawei’s Mate X; sparking mass comparison/competition between the two companies/devices. Huawei has been surrounded by controversy in the past 4 month’s but it is fair to say that the Chinese company has been the boldest and brave when it comes to their most recent foldable device, almost beating everyone to the market. 

Price and Release Date:

The Mate X was unveiled at the recent MWC Barcelona 2019, but the actual window for its official release date is between June and August, so you still have a slight wait if you want to get your hands on this device.

All of this talk of the future doesn’t come cheap though, the Mate X is expected to be one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, taking into account that it’s essentially a tablet also. The Mate X is expected to cost around £2,000, which converts to $2,600, with 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM.

Huawei has announced that the device will be released in the UK on EE, Three, and Vodafone. However, there are no official release date plans for the US, which means people may have to import this hefty £2,000 device from the UK.

First Impressions:

Although the Mate X’s price tag could be extremely off-putting to some, the device has such high specifications that it may just tempt you to part with such a large amount of money. 

According to TechRadar.com’s review of the device, they said that the Huawei Mate X is a “well constructed, foldable phone, incredibly thin and with minimal bezel. What’s more, it features a design we can imagine pulling out of our pocket and turning into a tablet for some reading on the go, without looking ridiculous.”

However, TechRadar.com also had some negative comments/concerns surrounding the device “specifically around durability and moving parts, and nothing will dispel these other than a month or two of real-world use, and the price is prohibitive for most people. It’s not for everyone’s two hands in 2019.”

Ultimately, what we have here is an extremely high spec smartphone/tablet with futuristic capabilities at a high cost. The device clearly is not for everyone, especially due to the cost, but what you pay is essentially what you get.


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