Huawei has launched its foray into foldable smartphones, with the Huawei Mate X officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019 as a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and a device that could focus on productivity.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu had previously hinted at a foldable phone during an investor meeting in January and he was on stage in Barcelona to showcase the Mate X and it’s foldable screen at conference session in Barcelona.
It offers “an expanded view in one hand” said Yu. “Other foldable phones are like two phones together, this is just one phone” said Yu.
Huawei appears to be positioning the Mate X foldable smartphone as a productivity device, offering users the ability to browse multiple tabs or files at once when performing workplace tasks. “This looks like you’re using tablet, but it’s much lighter than a tablet,” said Yu.
The Huawei Mate X is the second foldable smartphone to be unveiled in the space of just a few days – Samsung pipped Huawei to the post to be first to reveal a foldable device, the Galaxy Fold. Like the Galaxy Fold, there’s a price tag issue. The Mate X will run $2,600 for three cameras and three screens. CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt said:
There’s a key difference between the two phones however: the Galaxy Fold folds in on itself like a book, with the screen inside the device when it is closed. The the foldable screen of the Huawei Mate X is folded around the outside of the device, with the help of a patented hinge with over 100 components the company said.