China's Huawei Unveils New 5G Folding-Screen Phone

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With the galaxy fold you get a smart phone and a tablet in one device.

Similar to Flexpai's design, the screen faces outward when the phone is folded.

It also looks like a Filofax.

The Mate X is the answer to a question Huawei faced as it sought to satisfy smartphone users' demands for bigger screens and longer battery life, said Richard Yu, CEO of its consumer business group.

Also on display at Samsung's booth will be its latest Galaxy S10 lineup with 5G models and its first foldable phone, which wowed the world during a closely watched launching event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Also in here is Huawei's Balong 5000 modem, the Kirin 980 chipset, and a Quad 5G antennae that offers a maximum download speed of 4.6Gbps. While the Galaxy Fold folds inwards and features an additional display on the front, the Mate X just has one display and features back-to-back foldable design.

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"At MWC this year, we're showcasing the remarkable breadth of our expanding connected ecosystem, from game-changing 5G end-to-end solutions to outstanding new additions to the Galaxy family, such as the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy S10 5G".

The Mate X was said to be 11millimetres thick when folded.

Apart from the foldable device, Huawei is likely to talk more about 5G and could unveil a 5G smartphone as well.

"We really need the community to begin doing new things, we don't even know how much can be done yet", he said. It has a groove called a sidebar that allows you to hold the phone from one end. Moreover, the company placed the phone's USB-C port opposite of its hinge mechanism; the rest of the phone is too thin to accommodate a USB-C port. The Mate X's 4,500 mAh battery will fill from 0% to 85% in just 30 minutes, as the phone supports 55W charging. Huawei said youll be able to take “best in class selfies, ” without clarifying which class the Mate X is in. And with phones like the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT packing in 12GB, it seems odd that Huawei hasn't gone all in. It does get a near edge-to-edge display on the front, but the aspect ratio is compromised in favour of the larger screen inside. In 2016, Samsung's most expensive Note phone cost $850, while the price of Apple's most expensive iPhone soared from $769 in 2016 to $1,099 in 2018, a 43 percent increase. "The barriers in the US are just getting more hard".

One other interesting feature that you'll find on the Mate X series is incredibly fast wired charging.