Huawei Mate Foldable Hands On
At CES 2020, I got to check out the Huawei Mate X foldable. This is a continuous screen foldable running on Android.
About the Huawei Mate X
The Mate X is an outward foldable screen. When collapsed, the screen is over 6 inches (which can be used on either side). However, if you open the phone to tablet mode, an 8 inch tablet is available at your fingertips.
The MateX screen is 2200 x 2480, with the Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. The CPU is an Octa-core Cortex A76 processor, with 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB of storage. A card slot allows an additional 256 GB storage.
The device opens when you press the button on the side panel. This button also is a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
The screen uses a plastic screen, but the frame is all aluminum; therefore, lightweight at 10.4 oz. When folded, the phone is only 11 mm thick – perfect for placing in the pocket.
Cameras include a wide lens at 40 MP f/1.8, telephoto lens at 8 MP f/2.4, and ultrawide 16 MP f/2.2 lens. When folded, you can get into a selfie-mode, but also do “mirror mode” so you both can see what the camera is capturing.
Another feature of the Mate X a dual screen in tablet mode. That way, you can read email, and watch videos, or have another program up to reference.
Finally, the Mate X contains a 4500 mAh battery, with Huawei SuperCharge feature – 85% in 30 minutes.
Thoughts of Mate X
The screen is outward, as opposed to the Samsung Fold, which folds inward. I really wanted another camera on the tablet side of the phone, with a possibility of doing split-screen video (recording myself and subject).
The phone is pretty solid. The hinge looks to be crafted to take a lot of folds. It’s also light, so running in tablet mode won’t tire out the arm too fast.
Being a leader in 5G, the new Balong 5000 chip is inside. I wasn’t able to test speeds, which will really depend on if your carrier has 5G in your area.
The Mate X will be available in the U.S. in February, and expected to be around $2,600. You can travel to China to get one for around $2,400 right now.
For more information, check out Huawei’s Website.