HUAWEI Mate X debuted at the firm’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) keynote and Express.co.uk recently got the chance to go hands-on with it. After a brief time with the product we believe it is the first foldable phone you will actually want to buy, if you can afford it.
Huawei Mate X is the firm’s first foldable flagship that has a single 8-inch display that folds round the device.
This is different to the foldable method employed by the Samsung Galaxy Fold that flexes on top of itself, effectively doubling its thickness.
Unfolded, the Mate X boasts an 8-inch panel that has a 8:7.1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2480×2200.
Folded, the hardware effectively has two panels, one on either side of the device.
In this form factor the product has a 6.6-inch front display and a 6.38-inch rear screen.
One of the most distinguishable features about the Mate X is its side panel that acts as a grip and also houses the phone’s camera system and other vital components.
During the unveiling of the product, Huawei was keen to boast about its mechanical hinge that allows the screen to fold.
The Chinese firm is claiming this particular mechanism houses over 100 parts.
Mate X has two batteries inside it that combine to deliver a 4,500mAh capacity.
Moreover, during the futuristic phone’s unveiling Huawei also unveiled its new 55W charging technology it claimed would be capable of delivering 80 percent of power to the Mate X in just 30 minutes.
Following Huawei’s MWC keynote, media outlets and influencers were invited to test the products that had been announced.
While the Mate X made an appearance in the demo area, it was shielded by glass.
However, during an interview session with the CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, this outlet got a chance to use the Mate X and we walked away incredibly impressed.
During the briefing, Yu confidently allowed journalists to handle the Mate X while he answered questions about it.
The most striking thing about the Mate X is just how light and thin it is; unfolded, most of the hardware is thinner than typical smartphones on the market.
The notable exception to this is the firm’s side panel that acts as an intuitive way to grip the 8-inch panel and is the only part of the phone thick enough to fit a necessary USB-C port.
Mate X’s display certainly left us impressed; the screen presented vivid colours and was incredibly bright.
Although a crease could be seen if it was held under a light at the right angle, it was only noticeable when we were looking for it.
Richard Yu was eager to boast about the native support for applications on the device and showed programmes such as Google Maps and CNN running on the 8-inch screen.
Using the Mate X in tablet mode felt fast, fluid and most importantly, natural.
But it was folding the hardware itself that immediately made us understand why phones of this nature are an emerging sector and why Huawei is so excited about the product.
Applying pressure on the left-hand side of the display started the flexing process.
While folding the hardware, we could feel every single one of the moving parts inside the phone’s hinge working.
During the movement, the Mate X did not feel delicate or brittle.
Instead, the product was assured while folding and certainly felt secure.
Once the user has completed the fold, there is a little clip that locks the panel into place.
Unfolding the Mate X is completed by pressing a little button on the device that releases the 8-inch screen and allows it to be flexed.
Using the futuristic handset in its foldable form factor was the biggest reason it is appealing.