Just days after Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Fold, smartphone manufacturer Huawei, has unveiled its version of foldable phone, the Huawei Mate X. The phone is completely different from the Galaxy Fold except for the hinge-folding mechanism. Well, I think it is difficult for a foldable phone to be folded and unfolded without a hinge. In that case we are expecting other upcoming versions from other manufacturers to have this hinge mechanism. It just boils down on which hinge technology could withstand the mechanical wear and tear.
As been stated in my previous post, it is not only Samsung who is in the race for the first foldable phone. Although, Samsung has already succeeded to get the title, Huawei wants to get the title of the best foldable phone design. Huawei executives are saying that the Mate X is better than the Galaxy Fold. Let us find out if Mate X is the best foldable phone and if it is better than the Galaxy Fold.
Larger and multiple displays
The Mate X boasts an 8 inches of display size when unfolded which is larger than the Galaxy Fold of 7.3 inch, and almost the same size of an iPad Mini. When folded, it transforms into 2 screens of 6.3 inches and 6.8 inches. The major difference with the Galaxy Fold is that this device folds outward. It is not like opening a book but I can imagine bending a plastic block. In phone mode, 2 displays are available unlike in the Galaxy Fold. On the other hand, aside from the smaller display’s function as a mirror when taking pictures, you would not want to use both simultaneously.
A tablet that transform into a smartphone
Huawei’s idea to fold outward makes the Mate X a literal flexible display phone. You can let the device halfway folded and when you view it, it really looks like the display is bent in actual. If we look at the hinge technology used by Huawei, I can say that the Huawei Mate X is a tablet transformable into a smartphone since the hinge default position is opened. When you fold it, you are closing the hinge. On the other hand, the Galaxy Fold is a smartphone transformable into a tablet since the hinge default position is closed. When you unfold, you are opening the hinge.
High-end specs but lower than the Galaxy Fold
Huawei Maye X is powered by Octacore Kirin 980 processors with 8GB of RAM which is 4GB lower than the Galaxy Fold. Unlike the Galaxy Fold which can run 3 apps at the same time, Huawei Mate X can only run 2 apps simultaneously. Similarly, it runs on Android 9 and of course Huawei’s own interface EMUI 9.1. It is also equipped with a 5G chipset ready for the fifth-generation internet launch.
Single but powerful battery
The Galaxy Fold uses twin batteries to produce 4380 mAh power. Amazingly, Huawei was able to equip the Mate X with a single 4500 mAh battery. With its 55W fast charging technology, full charging takes only less than 40 minutes. Similar with the Galaxy Fold, if you look at the Mate X’s battery capacity, you would think it could not last even a day since the average tablet’s battery capacity is 6000mAh and above. However, this is yet to be confirmed when the actual product is available in the 2nd quarter this year.
Lots of storage capacity
Huawei Mate X has also the same built-in storage capacity of 512GB of ROM. However, unlike the Galaxy Fold which is not expandable, Mate X has given its consumers with additional 256GB expandable storage through its provided memory card slot.
Powerful selfie camera
The Mate X is equipped with triple rear cameras which is less than the Galaxy Fold. It has no front-facing camera but it can capture the best selfie picture. Basically you do not need a front camera. This is made possible by its outward-folding design. When you fold the Mate X, the rear cameras will be available as selfie cameras which is a brilliant idea to eliminate the front camera and make the display notch-less. In general, the distinction between selfie or rear camera has gone away with the Mate X.
Not single-handed operation
We all want our smartphones to have a larger display but if your phone is already transformable into a bigger one, which you need two hands to hold and operate it, wouldn’t it be better if you can operate it by a single hand when folded? The larger displays of Huawei Mate X when folded make the phone looks beautiful but sacrificed one of the most important things, single-handed operation.
Cannot lie flat
The Mate X looks beautiful because of its bezel-less displays. Huawei was able to hide the cameras and make them double-function (rear and selfie) through the bezel grip. The grip also provides a firm hold to the device and helps it to stand by itself. However, the bezel grip prevents the phone to lie flat when you want to use the larger screen on a table.
Prone to screen damage
The outward folding design allows the Mate X to have a bezel-less display and more screen to work on to. Comparing with the Galaxy Fold where the screen is protected when folded, the Mate X’s display is prone to scratches and damage since the screens are exposed when folded in outward fashion.
You think that the Galaxy Fold is expensive, but not if you know the price of the Huawei Mate X. It is around $2600 which is $600 higher than the Fold. If the Galaxy Fold is not made for everyone, how much more the Huawei Mate X. Huawei is known for manufacturing smartphones with specs comparable with expensive Samsung or Apple devices but with cheaper price. Personally I was expecting a cheaper foldable phone from Huawei. An expensive Huawei device than Samsung’s is really surprising!
I do not know how did Huawei come up with the price of the Mate X considering its lower specs and fewer features than the Galaxy Fold. In my opinion, the Galaxy Fold looks more of a premium device than the Mate X.
Huawei Mate X is a beautiful foldable phone as compared with the Galaxy Fold. It is also packed with similar features and specs with the Galaxy Fold although some are behind the Galaxy Fold’s. However, I think that its price is not reasonable if compared with the Galaxy Fold’s features, premium built, and higher specs which is now cheaper than the Mate X. I just hope Huawei reconsider its pricing when it releases the Mate X in the 2nd quarter of this year.
After the unveiling of the Huawei Mate X, we can conclude that the Galaxy Fold is far better than the Huawei Mate X when it comes to specs and features. Not to consider its cheaper price than the Mate X.
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