Welcome to the Huawei Mate X Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Huawei Mate X smartphone that you need to know.
Huawei Mate X is the fold-able phone our sci-fi imaginations dreamed up years ago, and, yes, it is been in our hands and will be ready to launch by the end of 2019. Our extended Huawei Mate X smartphone review time proves it that has a solid-feeling hinge in order to transform from a phone with 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch screens on either side into a full 8-inch Android tablet. It is Huawei’s Full-view bezel reduced screen that makes this foldable phone look better than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. And, in the face of delays, it’s gotten a power boost to compete with its foldable competitors.
Huawei Mate X will come in two edition, and both have serious horsepower backing up the high expectations of such an expensive device. The original version with Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, will be joined by a souped-up 5G Mate X with the Kirin 990 chip. Huawei Mate X camera array has also been modified: it now uses the sensors and lenses from the Huawei P30 rather than the Mate 20.
Huawei Mate X Review: Price and Release Date
.Huawei Mate X price is €2,299, which converts to about $2,600, £2,000, AU$4,770 with 512 GB of internal storage and 8 GB of RAM, and Huawei has imply there will be other variants down the line. This foldable smartphone will launch in the UK on EE, Three and Vodafone at some point in 2020. At the moment it seems like a November release date is most likely, though the company’s Chinese support team did mention it could drop in October there.
Huawei Mate X launched on October 23 in China, which made it look like a global launch could be imminent, however at the moment there’s no word on this. The price tag in China converted to a lower price than the aforementioned Euro cost, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the device will be available for cheaper than we expected, just that it’ll be priced differently in different regions. That does not mean Huawei Mate X will launch everywhere. As subversive as this foldable smartphone looks, there are no US release date plans, said Huawei reps, meaning you may have to import this 2-in-1 5G device to get it in North America.
Huawei Mate X Review: Specification
|Huawei Mate X|
|Unfolded Display (Resolution)||8-inch OLED (2480 x2200)|
|Folded Display (Resolution)||6.6 inches (2480 x 1148) + 6.4 inches (2480 X 982)|
|Expandable?||Yes, up to 256GB|
|Cameras||40 MP (wide-angle), 16 MP (ultra wide angle), 8 MP (telephoto)|
|OS||Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1.1|
Huawei Mate X Review: Design and Screen
One thing that was not made clear in our initial briefing on Huawei Mate X was how the clasp system used to keep the screen firmly flush when the phone is in its folded ‘phone state’ worked. It turns out that a button on the back of the phone can be pressed, releasing the back portion of the display so it can be unfurled into an 8-inch tablet. Huawei Mate X has 6.6-inches big screen, in stark contrast to the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s humble 4.6-inch external display outlined with beefy bezels.
This is where Huawei Mate X really stands out. Samsung’s single outer screen in folded mode takes us back to the days of heavy bezel outlines and small displays, just when we got to approving screen-to-body ratios on phones. Huawei skips ahead with its Full-view 8-inch display. Turn Huawei Mate X around and its back portion – the rest of the display, creates a secondary 6.4-inch screen that is thinner, this could be cool for watching 21:9 videos, movies, activating the smallest display, and potentially saving battery.
The sidebar is also where the internals are squished into – more on that later. Huawei encourage us that its bendable screen has endured 100,000 folds in lab-condition stress tests – and after the Galaxy Fold debacle you hope it’s done extra testing – and it also prove that how it has developed a case to keep it protected; but most importantly, it feels like a solid bit of kit, despite how thin it is.
Huawei has mention to us that the clasp is needed for the completely flush fold at this stage, but perhaps in the next evolution of its proprietary Falcon Wing hinge system it’ll be able to lock in place clasp-free. Another key concern we have surrounding durability, especially with a wraparound phone like this, is scratch-resistance, or lack thereof. Flexible displays are plastic, which scratches more easily than glass, remember the original Moto Z Force that was touted to have an unbreakable screen to survive small drops, but scratched rather easily?
In this respect there is a good chance the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be hardier than Huawei Mate X, with less exposed flexible display and a glass outer screen. The good news is that Huawei reps said Huawei Mate X will actually go through more durability tests and some minor changes before it launches in a few months. The tease here is that it could actually look better than it did at MWC.
Huawei Mate X Review: Camera
We know very little about the camera on Huawei Mate X, other than that it is a triple-module system. First off, there is no front selfie camera, just a primary triple camera around the back. All is not lost for you Instagram stars and starlets though, as the rear screen doubles up as a viewfinder, which should actually make taking selfies an even better experience, given the fact that rear cameras are nearly always better in quality to selfie shooters.
The second screen can also be used to create a dual viewfinder, one on each side of the phone. This enables you to see a preview when someone’s taking your picture with the Mate X, adding a playful party trick to this pricey powerhouse. We tested out the selfie camera functionality, and it worked well. A live view of what’s in frame appeared on both sides of the folded phone, so both the picture taker and picky person who asked a stranger to take their photo can see everything.
We do not have camera megapixel sizes or aperture details for you just yet. There are a lot of reasons Huawei be so secretive about the exact camera specs. On the one hand, Huawei Mate X’s camera may contain tech of the future – something the brand wants to announce with its upcoming Huawei P30 smartphone, expected at the end of March. Then again, Huawei Mate X may not have a best-in-class camera given the potential space limitations, while another possibility is that Huawei has not ironed out the details when it comes to imaging on this thing, and doesn’t want to commit before it’s ready to bring it to market.
Since we try out Huawei Mate X, however, we found out that Huawei had upgraded the camera system to use the newest camera tech, found in the Huawei P30. This means it’ll take pretty fantastic pictures, with a 40MP of main sensor and a RYYB sensor that picks up more light and color. At the moment we do not know if this is the final build of the phone or just a newest test run, but we are happy either way to see Huawei is not pulling any punches when it comes to photography.
Huawei Mate X Review: Battery
Huawei did want to talk about about one thing and that was power, because there is a massive battery inside Huawei Mate X – actually there are two batteries, combining for a total 4,500mAh. It’s packing a bit more juice than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but Huawei Mate X also has a bigger screen when in both phone and tablet orientations, so is likely more power-hungry. Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge tech, which debuts on Huawei Mate X, not only surpasses the 40W charging in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but it can charge Huawei Mate X from 0% to 85% in just 30 minutes.
Powered by a Kirin 980 processor coupled with a Balong 5000 5G modem, the phone does not just charge quickly, it 5Gs quickly too, taking as little as three seconds to download a 1GB movie. Since we tested Huawei Mate X, we found out that the foldable phone will run on the Kirin 990 processor, not the 980 we tested it on. This is thanks to the device’s continual delays, which saw it pushed back at least 6 months. We do not know much about the Kirin 990 chipset, but we are expecting to see it in the Huawei Mate 30, so perhaps we’ll learn more then.
Huawei Mate X Review: How it works
Huawei Mate X runs a customized version of Android, and, ever aware of folds and unfolds, the interface optimizes itself for tablet or phone orientation in milliseconds. Our experience with the UI was very smooth, especially considering that the phone is some way off actually retailing. EMUI, Huawei’s custom skin that sits atop Android, is likely at the heart of the experience, and there were some entirely new features that shone through, specifically around split-screen multitasking, with the OS oriented for the bigger, almost square tablet display really well.
Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu mentioned that the tablet would be ideally suited to mouse and keyboard accessorizing for document editing, potentially even hinting at an EMUI Desktop-style experience down the line – or, dare we say it, full Windows?
Huawei Mate X Review: Early verdict
Spending sometime with Huawei Mate X made the once-wild idea of a foldable smartphone more founded, with a smartphone-tablet hybrid that looks like it is pulled from the future. Here we have a well constructed, foldable smartphone, fantastically thin and with minimal bezel. What is more, it features a design we can imagine pulling out of our pocket and turning into a tablet for some reading on the go, without looking ridiculous.
Of course, there are some red flags, specifically around durability and moving parts, and nothing will dispel these other than a month or two of real-world use, and the price is prohibitive for most people. It’s not for everyone’s two hands in 2019. It is a bit more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which also has a shockingly high price, but Samsung’s device looks like a Version 0 foldable phone. Huawei Mate X builds off the one fancy idea with a proper Version 1 look.