Huawei Mate X is amazing, but its screen is wrinkled right in the middle

Huawei Mate X is amazing, but its screen is wrinkled right in the middle
The Huawei Mate X might have just stolen the foldable phone thunder from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: the Huawei device has a larger, 8-inch AMOLED screen with no notches or cutouts, and what looks like a thinner and more appealing design.

However, there is one thing that you might not have noticed and that we wanted to show you: when you unfold the Mate X, the screen remains just slightly wrinkled right in the middle where the hinge is. At least that is what we see on the early units of the phone that Huawei showed at its official launch event today.

So yes, you can get the screen to unfold to a fully flat, 180-degree position, but the screen itself is not quite perfectly flat and there are these slight wrinkles in the middle.

Quite honestly, that is not much of a dealbreaker, but still something you need to know if you decide you want to spend the equivalent of nearly $2,500 on the Mate X when it launches around June this year.

Take a look at this little imperfection in the photo right below:

Huawei Mate X is amazing, but its screen is wrinkled right in the middle

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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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65 Comments

1. jayjay234

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

slightly wrinkled????? you really need to get your eyes fixed. just go on youtube and look at their presentation. the crease in the middle ruins the entire show. I guess i can understand now why samsung didnt go with out folding screen.

5. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

It's so clear Samsung is going in a better direction here. Fold is so much better and polished product. Fold looks like a premium device, and it's cheaper.

64. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

There is another flaw with the mate X not mentioned is the square shaped ratio. Nearly all movies and videos are widescreen. Some games will suffer too when not optimised for this "square" display. Watching on that huge display will have very large black bars top & bottom leaving you around the same size video being played unfolded and folded.

12. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would like to hear from those who were saying this is tons better than the Galaxy Fold. You don't have to be fan of Samsung to admit that their product looks much, much more polished than Huawei's.

46. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 904; Member since: May 07, 2014

It has to be... Samsung has been working on it for years... Huawei rushed at it just to be one of the first... Their design is also interesting.. They just need to polish it.

25. d1g1te

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

It does not matter if Mate X display will be wrinkled or not nobody will ever view any content from this angle, ever. So even Huawei is not able to iron it out in the end its not a big deal. 6.6 inch folded totally bezelless screen when folded is worth it. Better than having subpar 4.6 inch with 20mm bezel when folded.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To be fair, there have been no hands-on with the Galaxy Fold yet to really disprove that there isn't some kind of crease on it either. Product demonstrations on-stage usually look best because they can control the lighting and angles that they want you to see. I've seen some video break downs online that show there is a crease (albeit not as large as the Huawei one).

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i dont know guys, the apple fans who are siding with huawei because they hate samsung call this a feature.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It's not a deal-breaker? Like what? I would be spending freaking f**kin $2600 for an unfinished product with huge and ugly wrinkles in the screen that can go kaput anytime from falling and directly taking the damage on it's huge 8 inch screens? It's clear that you guys don't like Samsung but at least accept the truth. Samsung implementation is like Years better

13. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This looks like it was engineered and put together after Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold. Rushed, half baked, and reminded me a lot of that terrible foldable phone that was announced by another Chinese company last month at CES.

50. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's why they set the release date to June. Probably they cant fix that wrinkle, but they still need lot's of thing to do with the UI functionality.

26. d1g1te

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Have you ever heard about phone case? Huawei specially designed one for Mate X. ;) If you wear ANY phone without case, screen can pretty much break on first fall no matter on brand or type.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This doesn't change the fact that conceptually this is the better approach to a foldable phone. The first generation is probably not going to be perfect.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

for a concept its not bad but for a 2600 dollar phone, it shouldn't have a wrinkle in the middle.

27. d1g1te

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Even if it does not get ironed out in final retail unit. Ask your self... Does it really matter? Are you EVER gonna watch your screen from this angle? Like for real, come on...

42. iushnt

Posts: 3062; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s like buying a scratched and dented car. Might not matter but should not be there.

47. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 904; Member since: May 07, 2014

Doesn't matter if its visible from just one angle. When you pay such a hefty price for a device you don't want it to be half baked. It's a great prototype but not ready for mass production. If they are gonna sell it, it shouldn't have a wrinkle.

8. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Never go full retard. This is hot piece of trash for $2600.

15. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He despises everything with a Samsung's logo on it's back, you shouldn't expect a different comment coming out from him.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We don't buy conceptual phones, we buy actual phones. And this actually has a big issue.

6. Nokfan1603

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

This phone will be on the market at the earliest June, until then this will be fixed. Otherwise, Huawei's reputation would definitely suffer.

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

not really. they never really had a reputation outside of china and china will still buy them.

11. Nokfan1603

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I am from Europe. Here, many people start to actually prefer them over iphones. They have the reputation of being very innovative.

19. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

ah true my bad. wasn't thinking about europe since we dont really get news about them.

18. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You are very wrong, Huawei have very big reputation in Europe and they get stronger and stronger.

33. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

There are other places in the world besides the United States, and China lol. Huawei is very popular in Canada too, since the P20 series got released by carriers. A few carrier stores here that I've talked to told me that their stores sold more Mate 20 Pros than the S9 series and Note 9.

52. TS020

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

Huawei is gaining traction in Australia as well; a friend who owns a Vodafone store tells me they're 3rd most popular phones he sells, behind iPhones and Galaxy series

16. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

4 months after the Mate 20 Pro's release, and they're still having screen issues.

41. jayjay234

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That crease/wrinkle comes as an inherent flaw in the design. When you fold something in half, whatever in the middle needs to "give". That crease/wrinkle is that "give". And as a result, when it's unfolded, that crease/wrinkle appears again. You just can't hide it.

54. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Very good point. Samsung actually used years of tech to solve this issue. This was mentioned in their presentation about the hinge system and also they used a much thinner OLED panel than your standard ones. This Mate X just seems to have a standard OLED panel slapped on it and they hoped for the best. Reminds me a bit like the Royole Flexpal.

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