Huawei announces the foldable Mate X: it folds outwards!
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.
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!
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!