Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group presents the new Mate X smartphone, ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 19) in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2019. While the price tag is exorbitant, it's hardly surprising as the phone offers two nascent technologies, 5G and foldable display technology.
The Huawei Mate X is another standout piece of innovation and so is the asking price for this foldable smartphone.
This roughly amounts to US$2600 or almost Rs 2 lakh, which is even expensive than the $1,980 price tag of the Samsung Fold.
However the Mate X will cost far more than Samsung's device, with Yu revealing the cost of the new phone at 2299 euros when it goes on sale in the middle of 2019. Using its charger, Huawei says the Mate X can charge to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.
During the presentation, it's stressed that the phone does not have a gap when folded. It's 11mm thick when all folded up, and 5.4mm thick when you have it in tablet mode. Comparatively, the Galaxy Fold's main screen is found on the inside, with a second smaller screen found on the phone's back. Huawei's patented hinge design has over 100 components and eliminates the gap completely.
All these specs need a huge battery, and Huawei delivered - a 4,500 mAh cell is powering the Mate X and is charged through a USB-C port on the bottom side of the bump. However, the demo unit we saw had only three snappers. And with a tablet display, viewing and tweaking photographs should be an easier experience with all the extra screen real-estate.
When you open the Mate X, it has an 8 inch display from corner to corner with no notch.
The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the purported billboard for the Mate X. The right side of the device has a thicker grip section which houses its cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and various buttons.
The Mate X is powered by Kirin 980 application processor, 8GB RAM, 512 GB storage and also includes the world's first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem, the Balong 5000 for great performance. It ensures download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps or 10X what you could get on a 4G device.
Huawei featured 5G heavily in the presentation, with a variety of Internet of Things and connected home devices displayed - along with a 5G mobile hotspot. Huawei might be onto something here, especially as Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem chip has yet to make it to market. There appears to be a four-camera array in the sidebar.
There's a key difference between the two phones however: the Galaxy Fold folds in on itself like a book, with the screen inside the device when it is closed.