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History was made at MWC 2019 in Barcelona when Huawei launched an inventive smartphone that is already the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s biggest rival. The competition between both foldable smartphones is fierce, in that both devices are packed with incredible features, jaw-dropping specifications and elegant designs. Samsung might have been the first to reveal what is thought to be the future of smartphones, but Huawei’s stunning response was quick to come.
If you are loading your purse with impatience as both companies prepare to release both products later this year, then this comparison article is for you. Today, we take a thorough look at both the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold as we talk about their designs, prices, release dates and specifications.
Huawei Mate X Review
The Huawei Mate X sports a plastic OLED display, and though it isn’t a glass screen as most would have preferred, demanding users would have to remind themselves of the gadget’s key feature and forgive the Chinese company for not giving them ultimate luxury. The Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone; anything other than plastic would have potentially caused issues in relation to flexibility and durability.
How susceptible the plastic display is to scratches remains to be seen. Having said that, we can expect the foldable smartphones market to get flooded with accessories for enhanced protection and usability, in a year or two. Specialized screen protectors are likely to become common among foldable phone users. Still, should the Huawei Mate X’s screen be softer and less resistant than we hope, we could probably trust Huawei to make provisions for screen replacements—though that could put us, the buyers, at a financial disadvantage.
The Huawei Mate X is beautiful, exciting and revolutionary; nevertheless, it doesn’t promise a perfect user experience. Foldable smartphones are still very new and have yet to be submitted to rigorous tests under real-life conditions by the millions of users waiting to try them. The technology will grow and improve, surely, but while we await the official release of the Huawei Mate X in shops and online marketplaces in the second quarter of 2019, let’s take a moment to step back and admire the flat book-like gadget.
The foldable Huawei Mate X may not feel overly light when held. It still looks thin and very portable, and its weight is justified by the 4,500mAh battery resting inside of it—a battery which is said to charge from 0 to 85 per cent in only 30 minutes. The Mate X should still be easy to carry around with a single hand and offer decent comfort when used for entertainment. Make no mistake about it: it can be mounted to stand on its own—much like what you see with hybrid laptops, except in smaller size. Certainly, 295g of weight cannot be a cause for concern for anyone.
Despite everything, we can’t ignore the price involved, here. The foldable 5G Huawei Mate X costs 2,299 Euros. As of February 2019, that is a bit over 2,600 USD. Yes, that’s a lot. To put the Mate X’s price into perspective, the new MSI GS65 Stealth-002 gaming laptop, which boasts 32GB of RAM, a high-performance Intel Core i7-8750H processor and a high-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 graphics card, currently sells for roughly 2,500 USD on Amazon. In other words, 100 USD less for a brand new gaming laptop with mind-blowing specs.
The Huawei Mate X may be, to many, just a phone with an exaggerated price tag. The truth is, along with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, it is a pioneer of an entirely new tech market, bursting with opportunities and bound to have a bright future. As new releases enter the market and other manufacturers join the competition over time, prices will definitely dip.
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Besides, the Mate X is also a 5G-enabled smartphone that guarantees blazing audio and video streaming speeds, along with increased productivity (all 5G controversy aside). Credit for the superior connectivity it promises users goes to its Balong 5000 modem and also its AI-enabled Kirin 980 processor, which happens to be the world’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21. Huawei maintains that the Kirin 980 supports connection speeds at up to 1.4 Gbps on the downlink and 200 Mbps on the uplink—more than enough to make 4G smartphone users envious.
Moreover, the 8-inch screen phone comes with 8GB of RAM—as much as many high-selling laptops presently—512GB of internal storage, a USB connector and four rear cameras. It additional runs the latest Android operating system, known as Android 9 Pie.
The Huawei Mate X’s specs are quite impressive to say the least, and there is still more to be seen. Nonetheless, I’ll leave it to you to decide where to put your money once it comes out. We’ve yet to look at the Samsung Galaxy Fold, after all. For now, let’s keep an eye on the Huawei Mate X’s release date set for mid-2019.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Review
Like its counterpart, the Mate X, the Samsung Galaxy Fold possesses a plastic screen on the inside. Whereas the outer 4.6-inch screen could have a different material, the inner 7.3-inch screen consists of the Infinity Flex Display, which is yet another innovation from the South Korean phone makers.
Screen continuity for easy UI transition when apps switch between folded and unfolded modes is a guarantee. This is thanks to the recent optimization Google made to its operating system—a remarkable upgrade to the definition of fluid design as we know it—which they showcased at the Android Dev Summit in November 2018.
Sharing similarities with the Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy Fold comes supercharged with six cameras to exceed your outdoor shooting and selfie expectations. Buyers will get one 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens and two 12-megapixel cameras at the back, a 10- and 8-megapixel cameras on the front, and another 10-megapixel camera on the cover.
Two batteries on each side provide the Samsung Galaxy Fold with 4,380mAh of power, although it is hard to estimate how long the smartphone will last when subjected to heavy use. Let’s face it: What we have here is a beautifully-designed hybrid combining the beloved tablet and phone experiences into one single gadget that can run up to three separate apps simultaneously on a high-resolution screen. Throw in YouTube streaming in HD, a game and a live video chat app, and you are likely to get significantly reduced battery life. But that is perfectly normal.
For resource intensive users, it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Fold packs in 12GB of RAM and uses the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 as processor—promising users blazing fast speeds on a faster device built with AI in mind. Just like the Huawei Mate X, it fully supports 5G connectivity, but Samsung have gone the extra mile and provided assurance for 4G LTE support as well.
For all that goodness, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at 1,980 USD. As of February 2019, that is around 1,500 GBP or 2,770 AUD. If you are surprised about these currency conversions, just know that both the UK and Australia will receive the product when it officially launches. The Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is April 26, 2019 for USA and UK. No fixed date has been set yet for the Aussies.
Below is a full comparison of specs for both the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. The information provided in the table below is valid as of February 2019.
|Huawei Mate X||Samsung Galaxy Fold|
6.6-inch, AMOLED (folded); 8-inch AMOLED (unfolded)
4.6-inch Super AMOLED (folded); 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (unfolded)
2200 x 2480 pixels (~414 ppi density)
1536x2152 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~414 ppi density)
Chipset / Processor
Octa-core Kirin 980 (7 nm) with Balong 5000
Octa-core Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Android 9.0 (with EMUI 9.1)
Android 9.0 (with Samsung One UI)
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens) + 8 MP (Telephoto)
16-megapixel (ultra-wide-angle) + 12-megapixel (wide-angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto) + two 10-megapixel + 8-megapixel 3D depth
up to 256 GB (NM card sold separately)
2G, 3G, 4G for both SIM cards (GSM, HSPA, LTE) + 5G (NR) for Primary SIM card only
2G, 3G, 4G, 5G (GSM, HSPA, LTE, NR)
Foldable display + split screen + fast charging
Foldable display + use of up to three apps simultaneously + wireless charging + fast charging
2,299 Euros / 2,600 USD
Second quarter of 2019
April 26, 2019 (second quarter)
So, what should you buy between the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold? Which foldable smartphone is better, faster and cooler? This in-depth tech review brought you all the available information you need. Now, it’s left with you to make a choice once they get released later this year.