Huawei unveils Mate X foldable 5G phone, new MateBook laptops

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Finally, unfolding the Mate X results in the AMOLED screen to reveal its true physical dimensions.

You can now literally fold up your phone and put it away with Samsung's new foldable phone.

Huawei today announced its own smartphone with a folding display, the Mate X. Unlike Samsung's entry, it looks polished and ready. Huawei calls the Mate X's design "Falcon Wing" and says there are over 100 patented components on the smartphone's hinge. It also has 8GB of RAM and come with 512GB internal memory. Opening up the phone transforms the display into an 8-inch borderless screen with an 8:7.1 aspect ratio and 2480 x 2200 resolution.

When folded out the screen measures at eight inches with 2480 x 2000 resolution and has a thickness of 5.4mm. As the name suggests the grip is designed for you to keep hold of the Mate X more easily when it's in tablet mode, as well as housing a bunch of the hardware. When looked at directly with a bright image on display, the screens look flawless, but at an angle, with light hitting the display you can clearly observe weird refractions that could compromise usability, but that remains to be seen. The secondary screen is also the screen to use if you want to take a selfie. And always available: this all-around design allows users to take selfies with the rear-facing camera. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be.

The Mate X might be the most promising foldable phone we've seen yet, but that's really not saying much. In contrast, Samsung's closed Galaxy Fold leaves you with a mere 4.6-inch display. While the price tag is exorbitant, it's hardly surprising as the phone offers two nascent technologies, 5G and foldable display technology.

Compared to the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X has some noticeable advantages that make it a more promising foldable phone.

The number one concern of the Mate X however is the fact that it is a outwards folding phone. It uses a Quad 5G antenna to connect to the 5G networks coming online this year.

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A cover is also offered for the device in order to protect it from damage.

The flagship phone comes with a Balong 5000 5G modem and is backed by the Kirin 980 chipset.

Other good bits include a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging - get to 85 per cent in 30 minutes - and a fingerprint scanner built into the power button.

As far as a design goes, Huawei's new Mate X has a Wow factor to it that the Galaxy Fold failed to deliver.

There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation. We watched as the Mate X changed from a phone into a tablet while browsing YouTube.

It was also interesting to note that the strip that carries the camera is the beating heart of the device.