Huawei’s answer to the foldable competition is named “Mate X,” the company’s head of consumer business Richard Wu announced at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
Holding the phone in hand, Wu told the press conference that Mate X has some unique advantages over competitors, including Samsung’s new phone Galaxy Fold.
Similar to Flexpai’s design, the screen faces outward when the phone is folded. This is different from Samsung’s approach, which folds the screen inward and puts a smaller second screen on the back of the phone.
Mate X has an 8-inch, nearly square-shaped screen that’s larger than Apple’s iPad Mini tablet.
When folded, the front part of the screen is 6.6 inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which is common among mainstream all-screen phones.
It’s worth noting that the Mate X’s black “bezels” around the screen seem thinner than those of its rivals, and there is no additional annoyance like a “notch” or “chin.”
The other part is 6.38 inches in size and is a bit more stretched.
The mobile signal chip in Mate X, named Baron 5000, is made by Huawei and can be used on 5G networks, in both phase 1 and 2.
This is particularly important as other chips available now are not compatible with phase 2 5G networks.
Yu claimed the 5G network is so fast that Mate X can download a 1 gigabyte movie in 3 seconds, which is about 100 times faster than regular 4G speed.