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Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone powered by Kirin 980 SoC announced at MWC 2019

Huawei’s much-awaited foldable smartphone is finally here. After months of rumors and leaks, the Chinese company has finally unveiled its first foldable 5G smartphone — Huawei Mate X at a pre-MWC 2019 event in Barcelona, Spain.

The phone has a single OLED display that can be used in three ways. When the device is folded, you have a dual-screen smartphone — one on the back and one on the front side. When unfolded, the smartphone transforms into what we can call is a tablet mode. Here are the three displays that you get:

  • 6.6-inch main display with 2480 x 1148 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 6.4-inch rear display with 2480 x 892 pixels resolution with 25:9
  • 8-inch display with 2480 x 2200 pixels screen resolution and 8:7.1 aspect ratio, when the device is unfolde

One of the sides is reserved for a “bar” that offers better grip and also houses the three camera sensors, accompanying LED flash, and a push-button latch that secures the folded tablet in a closed position.

Huawei Mate X Display

The processor that powers the Huawei Mate X is the company’s own Kirin 980. For enabling 5G connectivity it comes with Huawei’s own Balong 5000 5G modem. The phone also has a dual-SIM card slot and you can add one of Huawei’s Nano Memory Cards.

The camera setup on the device includes three sensors — a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The phone also has a mirror shooting mode that lets users show the preview of what they’re capturing to others, thanks to the rear display panel.

It packs 8GB of RAM and comes with 512GB of onboard storage which is further expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh with 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology.

The Huawei Mate X is priced at EUR 2,299 (roughly Rs. 2,09,400) for the 8GB RAM and 512GB storage variant. The smartphone will go on sale from from mid 2019 in Interstellar Blue color but the exact date is not yet known.