Photos show Huawei executive holding redesigned Mate X

Photos show Huawei executive holding redesigned Mate X
Samsung earlier this week announced that it will try again to launch the Galaxy Fold, this time in September. After it delayed the release of the device days before its April 26th launch date, it went back to the drawing board to make some improvements. The company extended the plastic film on the internal screen past the bezels on the phone. This will prevent it from being peeled off, which several influencers did with their review units causing them to stop working. Samsung also capped the openings at the top and bottom of the device's hinge to prevent debris from entering the Galaxy Fold; this happened to at least one influencer who noted that the debris caused a bulge on the internal 7.3-inch display. Samsung also reinforced the screen by adding metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex display and reduced the space between the hinge and the body of the phone.

Also expected to be released in September is the Huawei Mate X. Originally scheduled for a June release, the outwards folding device (as opposed to the inwards folding Galaxy Fold) has been delayed for three months. During the time that the Mate X has been sidelined, Huawei has apparently revised the device. A picture posted on Weibo (via Android Police) shows the head of Huawei's consumer division, Richard Yu, holding the foldable in his hands. On the back, it appears that a fourth camera has been added and reportedly it is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This measures the time it takes for infrared beams to bounce off of a subject and return to the phone. This data can be used to produce 3D maps for a secure facial recognition system and an improved bokeh effect on portraits. And the material hosting the camera assembly and covering the hinge in the middle of the Mate X now appears to be carbon fiber (or perhaps a material made up to look like carbon fiber).

Which phone will be released first, the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X?

The Huawei Mate X will be priced at the equivalent of $2,600 USD compared to the $1,980 cost of the Galaxy Fold. However, unlike Samsung's foldable, the Mate X is not going to be available in the U.S. It will have the Google Play Services version of Android since it was licensed before the company ended up banned from accessing its U.S. supply chain in May. Folded, the front display measures 6.6-inches with a resolution of 1148 x 2480 pixels. The rear display weighs in at 6.4-inches and carries a resolution of 892 x 2480. When fully opened, the Mate X becomes an 8-inch tablet with a near square resolution of 2200 x 2480. The phone is powered by Huawei's home-grown Kirin 980 SoC; this is the same chipset that you'll find inside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. It will be equipped with 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Those seeking additional storage can access the phone's 256GB capacity microSD slot.

Besides the ToF sensor, the rear camera will consist of a 40MP primary (with an aperture of f/1.8), an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 16MP Ultra wide-angle camera. The Mate X will support 5G connectivity and will be equipped with a 4500mAh battery.

Neither Samsung nor Huawei will be the first to release a foldable phone. That happened last year with the launch of the Royale FlexPai. But both manufacturers would like to be known as the first major manufacturer to launch a foldable phone and it is going to be interesting to see whether Samsung or Huawei prevails. The good news for consumers is that it appears both companies went back to the drawing board and made some changes to their respective devices. This shows how serious both companies are. If the foldable segment is going to eventually be more than just a niche market, the first devices from companies like Samsung and Huawei need to leave a good impression with consumers.

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Mate X
  • Display 8.0" 2200 x 2480 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh



1. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I like how the there's still a lot of display with the phone closed. This is what a foldable should look like.

2. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Looks cheap imo !

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Looks cheap! $2600? That’s a Xs Max and iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple Pencil. No thanks! For $1k, but not for $2600...

4. hjl2345

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Cool tech, but is it really worth 2600$ compared to the 1980$ price tag of the Galaxy Fold..?

14. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Compared, definitely.


Posts: 452; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

It looks better than the fold since it doesn't have a notch. The only thing that concerns me is dropping it since it folds outward.

9. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

That notch allows you to do something the Mate X absolutely cannot do though: video-conference in tablet mode, which is perfect when several people are involved.

6. JohnR

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

No way I would buy this

7. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Reflection of the ceiling on the shiny plastic = "carbon fiber."

10. Vyshak75

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

I remember reading an article in which a mate x was accidentally caught in a huawei executive hands. But not it looks like he was intentionally showing it off to have some people talk about it...

11. ECPirate37

Posts: 345; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I'm stoked for this phone. If I can't buy it here in the US, I'll get it in China. I know I'm paying $2600 for the "Opportunity" to be a beta tester, but I'm so excited for it. And if it breaks, my credit card has an extended warranty period of another year, so I'll be fine.

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I don't understand how many would consider a phone with a display that folds outward a good idea. If you drop it when it's folded, 100% chance that you damage part of the screen. It's baffling.

13. Deadeye

Posts: 131; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

After having Galaxy Fold in my hands(my pal works at Sammy), I can say calmly, there is NO WAY this out folding concept will succeed. Folding display is extremely fragile even with the inward folding (that´s why Samsung added some extra layers under the display because you could damage it with your bare hands if you knew where to push). On the other hand, he uses it for more than 3 months and it´s still working without issues, you just have to know how to handle it.

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