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:

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Mate X
  • Display 8.0 inches
    2480 x 2200 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP (Quad camera)
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 980, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie



63. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Look at all the Samsung haters, lmao They just can't admit when Samsung does something right.

59. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

as an apple fan, i gotta say samsung did far better than huawei here

58. Sloiz

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2017

Just thinking how this phone should be protected? All outside screen. I think that Samsung is right to put screen on inside.

57. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

Even ignoring the wrinkle, that exposed plastic screen won't be pretty for very long. Good concept but not practical.

53. yalokiy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I think they have enough time to fix it until June. I wouldn't rush with a conclusion on this device yet. If they don't fix it by June, then yes, this will spoil the experience for the high price.

51. mohsin845

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Technically Huawei Mate X...Totally Fool. Outfold Display Is Too Risk & Scratch Easily.

49. alanrock

Posts: 344; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

Huawei did it's like constant rain on Samsung parade.

45. odachek

Posts: 139; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I like Samsung Galaxy Fold better, because they use premium materials to cover up the flexible plastic, smart!

39. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I saw the Galaxy Fold and it also had the wrinkle.

37. S4NDY

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

What is this, Fold have same "issue" than this, Samsung don't want to show it in demo area because this not 100 % perfect screen (its not possible at this time)

36. Galen20K

Posts: 586; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

it's a shame about it being a Huawei.......

23. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Who is in real life viewing display from this angle? Simple answer: Nobody. So even this will be also in final retail unit its not a big deal. Overall Mate X looks like phone from 2030 where Galaxy Fold look like device from 2010 with its small 4.6 inch folded display, with mamoth bezels, almost 20mm thickness and weird looking top right notch cutout when unofolded. I dont want to look on 4.6 inch display with 20mm top and bottom bezel 50% of time when my foldable phone is folded or unfold it every time i need to do some simple stuff like browse a web.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Stop with your agenda. A crease like this will be visible as distortion from any angle. At this point, Samsung's implementation is better. Maybe that will change. But your tears won't change it.

62. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Peaceboy has a new name. They are all Samsung haters that is defending this out folding crap screen for $2600.

44. iushnt

Posts: 3187; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@d1g1te I hope you get fine soon.

48. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i read your comments and it seems like you are butt hurt. do you get paid by bashing samsung and praise hwawei? pathetic.

22. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Samsung wins here. No wrinkles has WIRELESS and fast charging and the Foldable phone that I hope is revealed along side the Note 10. Samsung Note XL Fold with an entirely new Spen. That's gonna be the one right there 4 me. It's coming trust me

24. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Mate X can charge more than 3x faster than Samsung fold at 55W. You call Samsung 15W charging fast in 2019? It was fast... In 2015. Nice joke. :)

34. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You dream about Samsung every night

31. d1g1te

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

By the way. Did you saw any hand on video from any youtuber on Samsung Fold? I guess not, because Samsung does not allowed anyone got even near device... Guess why. ;) Maybe screen has also wrinkles while being viewed from extreme angles, or something else Samsung do not wants us to see? So how can you say that Samsung Fold have no wrinkles? :)

20. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Slightly wrinkled" for your eyes, rushed production for me.

14. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

It's what u call physics folks with excessive malleable screen in the middle so the phone can u know.. fold. U don't think the Galaxy Fold shows the same excessive crease in the middle up close? Wait for a hands on and you'll see.

17. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

it creates the crease because its folds outwards, samsung isnt dump.

21. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Doesn't matter which way it folds. Simple physics. The screen needs to be a little extra to accommodate the folds/creases. Why do u think both of these oems haven't allowed any hands on yet? They don't want the products to be scrutinized to early yet while they work out the issues. That's why..

38. maherk

Posts: 7098; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Simple physics you say, yet you don't understand the basics of physics. There is a big difference of something folding inwards and another that folds outwards. The Galaxy Fold stretches when it's wide open, while the Huawei X stretches when it's folded in half, that's why you won't see the crease on the Fold when it's opened, as the crease might only occure when it's folded, and vise vice versa with the Huawei phone.

55. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Sorry mate but I'm not gonna be convinced Sammy's completely flawless until there's a proper hands on.

40. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Dude, you know what you just talked about? Huawei phone has it's natural position folded outwards, so when it is unfolded, the extra bended screen around the curve just collects in a lesser space creating the bulge/crease. While in Sammy's case it folds inwards. So when it opens up, it has no screen to collect and curve up at the portion we are looking. Yes it will have a crease/bulge, but at the back portion which is enclosed and not visible to user. While the visible/outer portion remains clean. Accept it, Samsung just went the better way

56. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

There's no right or wrong way. Both implementations have their positives and negatives. It's subjective, but to me, the Huawei is more seamless, thinner, no ginormous notch. The Sammie looks like 2 phones glued together when in the closed position. Kind of blah design. Huawei in terms of looks all day for me.

60. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Nowadays there are 2 limitations with foldable screens 1) Outward folding screens have in a flat situation "screen to much" than it looks flimsy and like a "wavy POS". 2) Inward folding screens have in a flat situation "screen to little" than they cant make it completely flat. In ideal situation we need stretchable screens

9. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

after seeing the 4 minutes of galaxy FOLD hands-on, the mate X just seems like an early Chinese unfinished prototype.

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