Huawei’s return to MWC (Mobile World Congress) began with a thank you to everyone who has supported them and helped the brand grow to the heights that it now it enjoys.
While security was the common thread running through Huawei’s entire presentation, the real star of the show was the Mate X – Huawei’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
Samsung captivated the world when they unveiled the Galaxy Fold after months of speculation about what the device would look like, and while it wasn’t a perfect device – it’s the thickness of two phones stacked on top of each other, has a tiny 4.6-inch display on the outside, a notched display when folded open and isn’t flush when closed – it was still the forerunner of a brand new type of mobile device. This revolutionary shift in smartphone design – and the potential it unlocks – is a breath of fresh air in an industry that is stagnating and struggling to find meaning in a world that it’s helped shape.
The limelight that Samsung enjoyed thanks to the Galaxy Fold has proven to short-lived thanks to Huawei’s Mate X. Not only is thinner, sleeker and more refined than the Galaxy Fold, it also has 5G and Huawei’s new 55W SuperCharge technology which promises 85% charge in 30 minutes.
The 6.6-inch dual display panel equipped on the Mate X is a true FullView display. When unfolded, it transforms into an 8-inch tablet only 5.4mm thick. Images are displayed with great clarity and detail, and the panel itself is safe, durable and features outstanding cooling performance. As light as it is appealing, the foldable smartphone comes in a new Interstellar Blue that epitomizes the beauty of technology and sets a higher bar for future smartphones.
With an exemplary design that blends style with technology, the revolutionary Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge supports movement, balancing between the overall aesthetics and technology. When unfolded, the screen is a perfectly flat surface; and when folded, the two halves of the screen fit snugly to the frame. The two modes—smartphone and tablet modes—transition seamlessly from one to another.
Huawei’s flagship smartphones are known for their powerful cameras, and the Mate X is no different thanks to the Leica lenses that adorn the device. Thanks to the foldable design, the camera system is able to play the role of both front and rear cameras.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG, said, “The Huawei Mate X’s revolutionary form factor is achieved by Huawei’s relentless effort in R&D. It represents a voyage into the uncharted. As a new breed of smartphones, Huawei Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience. The Huawei Mate X will be the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living.”
Likun Zhao, President of Huawei CBG, Southern Africa said, “In terms of technology Huawei has taken another leap in innovation with our announcement in Barcelona at MWC. We will continue to bring the latest innovation to our local consumers and we intend on bringing Mate X to South Africa later this year.”
Possessing leading capabilities in chip, device and communications technologies, Huawei is using their technological prowess to bring 5G to the Mate X with the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset – the Balong 5000 which has unprecedented 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical). Balong 5000 is also the world’s first chipset to support both SA and NSA architectures, users will not need a device upgrade to continue enjoying 5G connectivity. The Huawei Mate X’s dual SIM feature supports both 4G and 5G.
Powering all of this is a high-capacity 4,500mAh battery.
Samsung might have set the bar, but Huawei has raised it and set a new industry standard. If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that Huawei has what it takes to take the top spot as the world’s number 1 smartphone manufacturer.
Huawei’s Mate X is priced at €2,299 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.