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25 February, 2019, 06:14 | Author: Joanna Little
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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei yesterday unveiled a phone with a folding screen, just four days after rival Samsung became the first major handset maker to offer the feature.

So what is it?

Samsung, meanwhile, said that the new phones and wearable devices like the Bluetooth-connected Galaxy Buds that fit into a person's ears will be shown on electronic billboards in New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Moscow. "Flipping the phone around with the "bar" facing us, we're presented with a narrower display which stands in at 6.38" and a resolution of 2480 x 892 and a resulting aspect ratio of 25:9.

You might have deduced at this point that when you fold up the phone the two resulting screens aren't symmetrical. That's a huge jump up from the 4.6-inch exterior cover screen on the Galaxy Fold, which is the only screen you can use when Samsung's bendy phone is closed.

Just like the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X is a smartphone-tablet hybrid that folds down the middle. Further below you'll find a number of screenshots where he specifically compared their new Mate X to the iPhone XS Max or Samsung's new Galaxy Fold. No hole punch cameras and no notches. Because the cameras are all lined up on this "bar", it means that the phone doesn't actually distinguish between rear and front cameras.

And the use of a protruding bar on the side of the phone when its opened up in tablet form that supposedly makes it easier to hold as well as packing in some of the gadget's guts and USB-C port.

Other snazzy features include a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. The design approach is very different to that of Samsung and Huawei.

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Because you can always see at least one screen when folded, Huawei didn't need to add cameras to every side of the device. While many people will be perfectly fine with the gap, Huawei has the edge from an engineering standpoint.

Huawei is pulling out all the stops in other areas, too.

When fully unfolded in tablet mode the Huawei Mate X is only 5.4mm thick, which is thinner than the new iPad Pro, and 11mm thick when folded completely flat. That's pretty good going, and thinner than your average rugged smartphone.

Speaking of internals, the Mate X rocks the Kirin 980, Huawei's powerful 7-nanometre SoC, and the Balong 5000 modem chip which is 5G ready and has Huawei claiming the Mate X is "the world's fastest 5G foldable phone". The 55W Huawei SuperCharge tops the battery up quickly and in just 30 minutes, Huawei SuperCharge is able to charge the battery back to 85 percent. Huawei reckons a 1GB movie will take around three seconds to download on this device over 5G.

Priced at U.S. $2,600 (€2,299), it comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Ltd. unveiled a folding smartphone, priced at US$1,980.

EE has also confirmed it will be stocking the phone in the United Kingdom, but didn't specify when it would be available.

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