Chinese multinational telecommunication firm, Huawei has revealed their first smartphone that has a foldable screen.
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The South Korean firm Samsung revealed almost five weeks ago their foldable smartphone screen, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the rival firms have contrasting designs.
The Huawei Mate X foldable is 8" when unfolded. The seam is apparent. 6.6" folded, 6.38" on the back. Components are hidden where you would hold with your hands. Side fingerprint. "Falcon Wing" hinge. #MWC19 pic.twitter.com/XRSUOLtQdA
— Patrick Moorhead (@PatrickMoorhead) February 24, 2019
Compared to Samsung the new Huawei’s Mate X has a larger screen and when closed, the device is thinner and flatter.
The launch event of Huawei’s Mate X in Barcelona allowed attendees to get a closer look at the new foldable smartphone, Samsung has not held a launch event for the Galaxy Fold as yet.
— Carolina Milanesi (@caro_milanesi) February 24, 2019
Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent said, “Security concerns about Huawei’s 5G kit are a shadow hanging over the whole of this year’s Mobile World Congress.
“But the firm was determined in a confident, even arrogant press conference to convey that it’s now the leading innovator in smartphones.”
The Mate X starting price is a staggering 2,299 euro’s or £1,996 and is to go on sale later this year. Those attending the launch event winced when the price was unveiled.
— Ben Wood (@benwood) February 24, 2019
Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer devices chief said the price was “very expensive” but said he hopes over time this will be reduced.
Huawei: Can I copy your homework?
Samsung: Yeah, just change it a bit so it doesn't look obvious..
— Ioana (@indieioa) February 24, 2019
Ian Fogg, an analyst at the mobile analytics company Opensignal said, “Both foldable phones are 5G-capable and are instantly distinctive from the smartphone designs of the last 10-years.
“But 5G is arriving on regular designed smartphones too, at lower prices, and more quickly.
“Because of that, more people will experience the benefits of 5G this year than the novelty of an expanding smartphone display.”