Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X: the Big Battle of Foldable Phones

Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X: the Big Battle of Foldable Phones
In 2019, there are two foldable phones that will set the tone for the future of this new smartphone format: the Samsung Galaxy Fold on one hand and the Huawei Mate X on the other.

These two are very different in their approach to the foldable form factor: Huawei's one features a gigantic 8-inch AMOLED display, a razor thin design, top-notch specs and 5G connectivity, while the Samsung folds like a book and does not have its screen exposed to the outside world.

So... how do these two compare? It's time for a deeper dive in the specs and features of the Huawei Mate X against the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Let's start with a quick overview of the specifications:


Folding Mechanics


The fundamental difference between these two devices is the way their displays fold. The Galaxy folds inwards, just like a book. On one hand, this ensures that vulnerable plastic screen is protected from keys and debris in pockets, and on the other hand, it's plain cool to unfold it and it all happens with a solid click and feel. However, this does require a second screen to be put on the outside of the shell. And with the Fold this secondary display on the front is disappointingly small and looks awkward on that tall and narrow body. It's a fully functional screen that you can use for everything, it is just very tiny.

Galaxy Fold on the left, Mate X on the right, both folded
Galaxy Fold on the left, Mate X on the right, both folded

Galaxy Fold on the left, Mate X on the right, both folded

Meanwhile, on Huawei's side of things, the Mate X folds outward, much like the wings of a bird. This means that you have just one big screen and when you fold it, you are still using the same screen, just half of it goes black not to disturb and distract. And this probably keeps the cost down a bit as the phone maker does not need to use two separate screens here. Unfortunately, this also means that the plastic screen on the Mate X will be left vulnerable in your pockets and it could quickly get scratched or further damaged if you are not extra careful. And this might be a huge issue.

Displays


Speaking of purely displays, both use AMOLED technology, but the Mate X has a bigger display, which, if you're getting a phone that folds, you'd probably want. The screen on the Mate is 8 inches in size, while the screen on the Galaxy measures 7.3 inches. You can also see that the resolution on the Mate is higher, so you get a crispier image. Secondly, the Mate X has no notch in the corner like there is on the Galaxy Fold. Whether you are among those who can't stand or those who tolerate notches, you'd always appreciate a screen without a notch.

Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X: the Big Battle of Foldable Phones

The Mate X also comes with a bigger battery, although with the bigger display it has that probably won't translate to much better battery life if it's better at all.

One big question we don't have an answer for yet is about battery life. Yes, you do get a 4380 mAh battery on the Galaxy and a 4500 mAh battery on the Mate, which sounds like a big size, but consider that these are phones that are much larger than your average current smartphone. How long will they really last if you use that big screen a lot? We don't have an answer just yet.

Cameras


Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X: the Big Battle of Foldable Phones

Considering that these phones are so expensive and so new, it really feels like a bit of a missed opportunity to see that the cameras that they come with really don't differ much from your regular flagship cameras.

On the Galaxy Fold, you have the exact same triple camera system as on the Galaxy S10 series, for example. Expectations are that the Mate X will also have a camera that is not much different than what current Huawei flagships offer.

Price and Release Date


Foldable phones are that revolutionary new thing that looks cool, but also costs a small fortune to manufacture, and that is why the sticker shock for these two is real.

The Galaxy Fold price is set at the exorbitant $1980 (and you need to pay state tax on top of that of course), and that's simply an amount of money that not everyone can afford. But even this high price pales in comparison to the sky-high price of the Mate X, which will cost close to $2600 when it launches sometime around the middle of 2019.

Do the extra $600 justify the advantages of the Mate X with the larger screen and so on? Again, only time will tell, but what we can say for sure is that these are very high prices to pay for first-generation devices and a brand new form factor. So unless you have piles of cash lying around in your pantry we definitely recommend you wait for the reviews and we mean the long-term reviews before actually pulling the trigger on either one of these phones.

Ultimately, however, the usefulness of both devices for those that are ready to pay the staggering prices will depend on how the whole folding action will feel in day-to-day use; on the durability of the hinges; on the reliability of the foldable displays. While both companies promise that the devices will go through thousands of open-close cycles before they start deteriorating, we need to see the phones in the hands of real people before we accept that.

Overall, though, it appears that while Samsung was the first major manufacturer to announce a foldable phone, Huawei is entering the race running at full speed just a few days later. Now that we know there's some proper competition in this segment, we're even more excited for the future of foldable phones.

Related phones

Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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47 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 536; Member since: May 02, 2016

Here we gooo ... OMG what a time to be alive

10. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It looks AMAZING, but not practical , completely exposed, i wish there was some compromise between Fold and this. Samsung one is very rugged so id rather waste my 2k+ on that..

2. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

The Mate X definitely wins on style points, but I still have concerns about the screen being totally exposed as opposed to the Samsung Fold which folds inward, and gives more protection. The Mate X just seems more vulnerable to scratches, nicks and cracks.

24. chbanks512

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

I agree. The Mate X is SUPER sexy. But the Galaxy Fold looks like it's SUPER durable. And aside from durability concerns, I just don't believe the Mate X is $620 more worth of phone than the SGF...

3. adecvat

Posts: 623; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Mate X looks like second generation of foldable smartphones. Fold - first prototype.

16. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Rather wait for 2nd gen of foldable, 1st gen is always a test run, fixing the minor issue, 2020,2021 we will consider

27. uberzero

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Actually Mate X outward fold screen concept dated from 2013 designed by Samsung There is a reason why Samsung did not made it for production use, one of them is durability.

37. jacky899

Posts: 392; Member since: May 16, 2017

Exactly but Samsung was not able to make it work so they rushed the Fold to match Huawei. However despite being inward folding, which is not at all practical for a phone, it still is entirely unreliable and s**t quality as announced in the recent articles.

43. Youngquenga41

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

You're an idiot if you believe that crap you wrote. If the fold is not durable as you state them imagine how s**tty the mate x is for day to day use. Oh and Samsung was the first company working on a foldable phone for 8 years. Keep your ass quiet because you don't know sh*t.

47. jacky899

Posts: 392; Member since: May 16, 2017

Is your head still stuck in your mama's ass?https://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy​-Fold-display-issues_id115385 Samsung worked on foldable phones far longer than anybody only to release a piece of crap with a useless inward folding screen that fails in a day is a complete joke nomatter how you want to make excuses and deflect

4. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

Samsung GALAXY FOLD is a PRACTICAL FOLDABLE PHONE...SCREEN IS SAFE INWARDS where Mate Screen is exposed and cant PLACE ON TABLE,FLOOR, OR ANYOTHER PLACE

5. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

Galaxy Fold Is looking much LUXURY , ELEGANT AND PRACTICAL DEVICE ,,,EASY RMTO CARRY....

6. shield

Posts: 814; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Looks good nice Huawei! Better than ugly Galaxy fold.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1764; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't like the Mate X "color" (they could have stainless steel and it would have seemed much more stylish) but from a practicality point of view, the Huawei is simply vastly superior. I mean, what mode will you use 90% of the time ? The folded mode. And on the Samsung, you are stuck with a 4.6", elongated aspect ratio screen with huge top and bottom bezels. For 2000$ ? No thanks. Plus, the Huawei eliminated the notch and some extra useless selfie cameras and you can just use the main cameras for selfies. And it is like 50% thinner than Samsung (11 vs 17mm !) , has no interior gaps when folded, etc. The Huawei design will probably win in the future. There is simply no comparison in practicality.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This means an iPhone Pad Pro would cost nearly $3500...Yikes!!!!

9. odachek

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Look at both of them, I can feel that the future is here.

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1175; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Both have their strong points but the Mate X is the better foldable phone.

44. Youngquenga41

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

How? That shtt will get all king of scratches in two weeks. For $2600 that trash is a no go.

12. LawnBoy

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Doesn't lay flat, screen exposed in every direction. DOA

13. mclaren113

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Apple have left the chat!

14. Techzalot

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

The author forgets the most important detail. Practicality... The Samsung folds in which protects the PLASTIC 7 INCH SCREEN. The Huawei folds out which will make the plastic screen prone to scratches.

15. odachek

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

The CEO presented the leather flip case I think.

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 265; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Begun, the Fold War has.

18. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1133; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The Mate X looks better and Huawei have a case to protect it already to, so no worries about putting it on a surface. :)

19. sissy246

Posts: 6997; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Screen folding out is just stupid. Samsung's design is much better but, some of Huawei's specs are better and its $600 more then Samsung, No thanks

21. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1133; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Display folding out actually makes more sense, this phone has more screen real estate while only using 1 display vs. Fold with its 2 displays, 1 of which is a puny 4.6inch. There is already a Protective case for the Mate X so keeping it well cared for won't be a problem.

28. uberzero

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Folding out concept was already done by Samsung five years ago. Huwaei just shows one of biggest flaw of such concepts notably crease and impracticability. It is clear Huwaei rushed their prototype which feels like an afterthought. Galaxy Fold is just a first generation fold screen smart-phone where other issues will get fixed when technology improves.

20. morgeus09

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

If you drop mate x RIP

22. midan

Posts: 2574; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Both have pros and cons. I like huawei implementation lot more. Big screen and just when you need that extra screen you unfold it. With galaxy fold you have very small screen and you end up opening it a lot and i'm never been fan of flip phones. Fold feels like those old Nokia communicators, mate X looks very futuristic. Fold is huge brick while mate X looks very sleek But have never owned one so i wonder do you want to use huawei smaller screen or do you end up unfolding it all the time because you can? Well no need to think this really because i think big iPad + compact phone is lot more practical. But future is definately interesting and very expensive!

36. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i'll give you a thumb for that. I love the idea of the innovation, but too soon for me to jump on any $1000+ boat.

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