Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone is official with Balong 5000 5G Modem
The MWC has kicked off, and we already have some interesting devices from the event. Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix 3 5G and the Xiaomi Mi 9 today with impressive pricing, and now, Huawei unveiled its first foldable phone. As per the company, it is the world’s first foldable phone with 5G support. That’s not it! There are a lot of other features that make is a unique device, and in this article, we are going to talk about all that stuff.
First thing first, the main difference between this and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is that the Huawei Mate X folds outwards. So, as you can see in the image above, the screen can be folded outwards to reduce the screen size to half.
It looks like a slim phone, but as you can see, there is a thick part at one end which houses the USB Type-C port, the cameras, the fingerprint scanner, and the buttons. Still, the battery isn’t placed in that part since there are two batteries like the Galaxy Fold placed on either side of that hinge. One thing that’s good about this thick part is that when you fold the device, you can an even slim profile, unlike other foldable phones.
The company calls it ‘Falcon Wing Design’ and when folded, both the displays are working. So, you can use the one that you want to.
Talking about the displays, there is the main 8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 and an aspect ratio of 8:7.1. When folded, you get two screens, but they differ in size. The one on the front is a 6.6-inch panel (2480 x 1148) with 19.5:9 aspect ratio while the other is a 6.38-inch panel (2480 x 892) with a 25:9 aspect ratio.
So, what’s the use of the screen on the back when you are using one on the front. Well, the best use of this secondary screen is when you are taking photos. So, you can take selfies as well as normal photos from the same camera setup. To take a selfie, simply use the screen on the back. While using the front display for taking photos, the display on the back can be used to see your photo before it is clicked. Huawei calls it ‘Mirror Shooting.’
There are triple rear cameras that include a main Wide-Angle camera, a secondary telephoto camera, and a third Ultra-Wide angle camera. So, the arrangement is similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, so we think the specifications are the same as well.
The Mate X is a 5G phone, and since it uses the Kirin 980, there is the company’s Balong 5000 5G Modem for the 5G support. The Balong 5000 is the world’s first 7nm 2G/3G/4G/5G Multi-mode Modem and the Mate X is compatible with NSA as well as SA network architecture.
The Huawei Mate X is also the fastest charging phone, thanks to the crazy fast 55W Huawei SuperCharge. Huawei says that it can charge the 4,500mAh battery to 85% in just 30 minutes.
Well, it all comes down to the pricing. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched at around 2000USD, and many were disappointed with the pricing. The Huawei Mate X is priced at a staggering €2,299 which translates to around 2,600USD. So, do you think it is worth spending such a huge amount on a first generation foldable phone? Do let us know your opinions in the comments section below.