Huawei announces the foldable Mate X: it folds outwards!

Huawei announces the foldable Mate X: it folds outwards!
Foldable phones have been a hot topic in the rumor-sphere lately. While Samsung has been mentioned numerous times, other companies also started popping up. Among them was Huawei, who all but confirmed that it'll have a foldable phone to present at MWC when it released its official invitation for the event.

It was teasing a phone that folds outwards... and that phone is a reality! It's called the Huawei Mate X and it is now official.

Design and display

As mentioned, the Huawei Mate X folds out on itself, meaning its display wraps around the outer sides of the handset when it is in a folded state. When unfolded, it's not one uniform slab — it's a 5.4 mm (0.21 in) thick tablet with an 11 mm (0.43 in) bulging strip located in the rightmost part of its back. It works sort of like a handle, giving you more meat to hold on to, and also houses the phone's triple camera sensor. When it folds, the "back" display meets with the bulge to make for a uniform shape all around, giving you an 11 mm (0.43 in) thick handset.

When the phone folds, both its slabs fit snug to each other, with no gap in-between. This has been achieved with a super-sophisticated hinge down the middle — Huawei named it the Falcon Hinge —, which consists of 100+ different pieces.

Both screens are active when the Mate X is in a folded state. This allows you to spin it around and use either side, depending on your needs. The larger portion, we'll call it "the front", has a 6.6-inch diagonal, while the "back" display is smaller, measuring at 6.38 inches. When you unfold it, you get a large, 8-inch, 2480 x 2200 display. And yes, it's AMOLED.

Hardware and connectivity

5G is the new buzzword at this year's MWC and the Mate X sure does support it! Huawei boasted top speeds, allowing you to download 1 GB in three seconds. That is, of course, if your carrier offers the speeds needed. Huawei prepared for future protocols by making the Mate X compatible with both NSA and SA architectures. The latter is not yet implemented, but will be the one we will eventually jump on when 5G comes about. It even supports dual SIM cards to boot!

Under the hood, there is a Kirin 980 SoC running the show. This is a homemade chip, which powers the Mate 20 Pro. Built on a 7 nm process and capable of hitting speeds of up to 2.6 GHz, it's a pretty competent, fast, and energy-efficient chip, which will deven though2019, eventhough it's a 2018 model.

The whole thing is powered by two batteries, housed in the two halves of the device. Together, their capacities make for a 4,500 mAh juicebox, which should keep the lights on for quite a while. Especially with Huawei's excellent power management, which impressed us on the Mate 20. It'll also top up pretty fast with a 55 W Huawei fast charger, which will charge the phone up to 85% in 30 minutes!


The Huawei Mate X sports a triple camera on the back, developed in partnership with Leica. Just like on the Mate 20 Pro, we have one telephoto, one wide andgle, and one ultra-wide-angle here. This means you get all the nifty features, from Portrait Mode to action cam-like wide-angle shots. And, since the Mate X folds to have a display on its back, you can use the main camera as a selfie shooter, too!

Price and release date

The Huawei Mate X will be available sometime towards the middle of 2019 and will cost... are you ready for this? Really?

€2,299. This translates to $2,600. Well... any takers?



1. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Copy flex pai? :D

2. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

My god better implementation tgan galaxy fold

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

better implementation but the fold looks way more premium than this. the pricing is also 600usd more expensive.

27. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Premium because it has notch?

35. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The screen will easy get damaged with scratches and is whynsamsung went with the way they done it, they tried both and went with there way as it got easy damaged

39. midan

Posts: 3007; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

They have very sleek case for it, if you missed the presentation

3. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Samsung looks much better to me, more polished. Not having glass over display tat folds outwards is concerning. This just looks plasticy.

38. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

It is much better. Samsung Fold is ready for the market. The Mate X looks like a concept phone.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

very well thought out but i still wont buy first gen technology. on paper it looks like it beats the galaxy fold but their ui is pretty bad. will need a comparison video for sure. edit: 2600usd price confirmed LOL GL GUYS

5. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

LOOOL! 2300 €UROS !!!! Just look at this, Fold just looks much more usable as an everyday device..

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

it always looks way more premium that the huawei phone. for 600usd cheaper.

26. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

But for the Galaxy Fold price you are stuck with a 4.6" screen and bezels from like 7 years ago, for 90% of the time...

31. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

and the trade off for huawei phones is that it cant lay flat on a desk due to the massive handle. also has a bad ui on top of it as well as a flimsy hinge. screen is also folding outwards so you cant even use a screen protector and without it, the phone screen will be covered in scratches.

33. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Why not being able to use a screen protector ? There simply no reason not to. You can simply use a dual screen protector that skips the folding part. And about laying flat, you can use it with the thicker part on the top providing a slight incline, and it is even better to use than laying flat.

34. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

None of you including me will use this phone...

40. midan

Posts: 3007; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

They had very sleek cover case for this device in their event

6. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Wasn't FlexPai the first with outwards folding display?

7. RDF2.3

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 25, 2015

This is a joke,. Ugly and BIG. And price LOL. LOL

8. colin30

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

looks so cheap and buid quality is so bad...and ui is nightmares...most of all..the presenter is dumass with bad english...

11. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Dude knows Chinglish, rarest language in the world..

24. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

what education do you have ?

32. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

I'm from Europe, English is not my first language and yet i'm fluent in English while not being CEO of the huge company.

36. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

it doesn't matter how "fluent" words are but what you are saying... nevertheless congrats on pure english.

9. Juarizs

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

This looks miles better than the galaxy fold, but it's too expensive for me!

12. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Very vulnerable. If you broke the screen, RIP. Galaxy Fold is more durable, has 12GB RAM and first UFS3.0 storage, one more screen and 3 more cameras

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

$2750 OOOOOMMMMMGGGGG I thought Samsungs own was expansive .. but for real this is peace of art

15. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

This Mate X is NOT PRACTICAL design for daily use... when place on table Screen will be scratched and Exposed.. BAD

28. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It has case for everyday use.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me, that looks better than the Galaxy Fold. At those prices, I’ll never own either though, wayyy too much money.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This design makes much more sense to me than Samsung's. Everything is better thought out: you have a huge screen when folded (and this means maybe 80% of the time, while on Samsung you are stuck with a measly 4.6" screen and huge top and bottom bezels), it is miles thinner than Samsung, no gap when folded, no notch, no useless low-quality selfie cameras when you can just use the main cameras due to the flexible screen. It is simply much better. The only downside of the design is the (probably plastic) screen which is exposed. That smart Huawei case is mandatory. Hopefully included ! :) However, the price is like 50% higher than Samsung...

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