Battle of the foldable phones: Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X

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Battle of the foldable phones: Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X

The two companies have taken different approaches with the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X when it comes to the hinging, but there are also specs to consider - and, of course, price.

The Mate X offers a pair of outward-facing displays, while the larger of which measures 6.6 inches at 2480 x 1148 pixels, with a 19:5 aspect ratio. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, you can only run 2 apps side-by-side at a time on the Mate X, which isn't too bad but the Galaxy Fold's ability to run three apps at a time is going to be really useful.

At a time when the biggest smartphone makers - such as Samsung and Huawei - are placing their bets on the foldable smartphones, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is still skeptical about the "next chapter in mobile innovation".

Mate X was launched at the start of MWC 2019 in Barcelona and it will come with a 5G capability as well.

MWC attendees jostling for a snap of the Huawei Mate X bendable phone.

The new video from Samsung Newsroom is purposely published without background music or narrated voice - most likely to show how satisfying the sound is when you fold the phone. We should expect that the new Galaxy Note 10 will feature 5G connectivity, since there will be close to 6 months between now and its release. This may not be a deal breaker but most of the things that you want to be done on a large flat screen, such as watch a movie, are better done on an actual flat surface such as a tablet.

The foldable phone's prototype by Oppo, according to the images posted on Weibo by Shen, features a flexible display which is outward wrapped, providing a single screen experience on unfolding whereas two screens upon folding. It's a visual reminder that the device you're holding in your hands is essentially a first-gen product that's not quite perfected yet.

Just how many Galaxy Fold phones will be made, Samsung isn't saying.

Meanwhile, Huawei has equipped the new phone with its Ballon 5000 chipset to support 5G and said, "Huawei Mate X supports both NSA and SA network".

Also, Shen says that he doesn't necessarily think foldability adds something significant to the overall user experience, other than the fact that it enlarges the display and lets users occasionally fold the device.

The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said the firm was determined, "in a confident, even arrogant press conference", to convey that it's now the leading innovator in smartphones.

Still, Samsung's strategy won't see the Galaxy Fold on every phone store shelf.

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