The Mate X has been thoroughly upgraded to fight the Galaxy Fold release


When it saw what happened with the preview Galaxy Fold units that Samsung sent out, Huawei put the breaks on the release of its own foldable Mate X. After all, if your main competitor will be perfecting their foldable for five months, you would use the time to do the same and avoid the eventual bad publicity if something goes awry while you play pioneer.

It seems that Huawei has used the unforeseen release gap well, judging by a preview of the updated handset that just popped up. While it may have taken steps to avoid the hinge and screen top layer issues that plagued the Fold before launch, it has also thoroughly upgraded the internals.

The Mate X previewed here is now equipped with Huawei's latest and greatest hardware, some of which, like the new Kirin 990 chipset, hasn't even been announced yet. It will be in the Mate 30 and Pro models this fall, so it makes sense that Huawei will use it with the Mate X that is also expected to be released come October. 

On the camera front, the Mate X has been upped to the latest P30 Pro camera kit, complete with the unique RYYB pixel matrix arrangement that skews the color profile of pictures a bit, but does wonders in low-light scenarios. 

All in all, expect a true battle of the foldables when the Mate X launches some time after the Galaxy Fold. Not only will it offer more in terms of hardware, but also come in a completely different design concept that lets you use it as a regular big-screen phone when folded. 

You only have to open the other screen part if you need even more display canvas, unlike the Fold that has a puny secondary display when closed. Unfortunately, with all that jazz and 5G connectivity on top, it will also be more expensive than the Fold, and there is no chance it will ever be released in the US.

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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

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8 Comments

2. Guseinguliev

Posts: 115; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

Liar Richard Yu said earlier that, mate x is all right. Where? Because of Richard Yu, I do not like the company of Huawei.

3. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Imo the screen being on the outside rather than inside is a deal breaker. It's a shame, this really is one killer phone. Skipping on the Galaxy fold as well this round. I'm not impressed with the lower resolution display and the notch is an eyesore.

4. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Apple meanwhile still trying to figure out that dual charging pad thing. Lol

5. ECPirate37

Posts: 331; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I plan on buying this day one when it releases. I'm sure it will have issues, but I think it's beautiful. I had the Galaxy Fold Pre-ordered as well, but when the canceled it, I'm not sure I will get it now. I feel like Samsung will have a new foldable within 6 months. Since Huawei pushed this back and updated everything inside, I feel like it will be a solid purchase. $2600 to be a test subject is quite a lot to spend, but I've saved ever since I heard about it, so we shall see. Usually I write my reviews for phone the first 3 days after getting the phone. I think with this one I'll wait a couple of weeks because PA won't let us edit reviews without it changing it to an entire new review.

8. theizzz

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

This is definitely a wait-n-see purchase for me and hopefully will have little to no issues so I can snag one after a couple price drops (hopefully) by mid next year.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 440; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Neither Fold not Mate X are appealing to me. Design wise, I'd pick MateX but I don't like the camera area and screen doesn't look good on MateX. Fold looks fine but I don't like the notch. I think I'll wait for Fold2. For now, I'm going with Note 10+

9. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

A lot of wasted real estate on the interior. It would have been nice if they added an e-ink display on the interior, for ebooks and a news feed.

10. BigVanVader

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

It will have an upgraded price too I bet

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