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The Mate X also fits in with Huawei's plans around 5G, with the new foldable phone touted as an exclusively 5G device with the company boasting it can take advantage of what they describe as the most powerful 5G on the market. The US has told European countries that it may find it hard to work with anyone who uses Huawei products in their networks after raising security concerns about the company.

Chinese phone maker Huawei has followed Samsung in unveiling a foldable smartphone. And surprisingly to many, the name of that company is. The "side-bar" as well as the folded phone thickness comes in at 11mm, which is still a reasonable thickness.

Huawei's Mate X places its fold-out screen on the outside of the device, so that it covers the front and rear of the phone when closed.

The decision to show media the device in this controlled fashion has us believe that, again like Samsung, Huawei has made a technological marvel but is cautious about the software bugs.

No word on pricing or availability of the Huawei Mate X, though I am sure it is approaching the US$2000 range like the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The revelation that Huawei is discounting the U.S. as a market leaves American punters left choosing the Samsung Galaxy Fold if they want to get their hands on a folding phone.

The device has a display on the front and the back when closed but can fold outwards, opposite to the book-like opening on the Galaxy Fold. First of all, it's the giant 8-inch AMOLED screen. There is no notch here, just the display with its thin bezels and vivid, lively colors.

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You can get a better idea of how the device functions in the clip below.

On the Mate X, the power button is a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the smartphone.

The Mate X is promised around the middle of this year. The HUAWEI Mate X's dual SIM feature supports both 4G and 5G. This compares to 2.3Gbps on rival Qualcomm and Samsung models. Under the hood, it's powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage (expandable via Huawei's NanoMemory cards). And then comes the battery to support all this.

The firm also introduced a new 55W SuperCharge fast charging feature it claims can give the Mate X 85 percent of power in just 30minutes.

The Huawei Mate X runs EMUI 9.1.1 based on Android 9 Pie. This new foldable smartphone comes packed with a single folding screen unlike the two screens on Galaxy Fold. However, all that futurism will come at a price, and a steep one at that.

Francisco Jeronimo, an associate vice-president with IDC, said the Mate X's "form factor seems a lot more user friendly than the Samsung Galaxy Fold". That long we can absolutely wait, no problem.


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