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February 27, 2019

Huawei Mate X – My Thoughts So Far

Let me start off by saying I have been in this game a very long time now and unfortunately it has been some time since a new product has managed to peak my excitement and remind me why I started this venture.

Well this year at Mobile World Congress Huawei have managed to reignite that fire with the release of the Huawei Mate X. While we all knew foldable handsets weren’t far away I honestly was not expecting to be this impressed with a Gen 1 product.

Let’s start with an overview of the specs:

Display

Type: 
OLED 

Size: 
Unfolded: 8 inches 
Folded: 6.6 inches for front panel, 6.38 inches for back panel 

Resolution: 
Unfolded: 2480 x 2200
Folded: 2480 x 1148 for front panel, 2480 x 892 for back panel

Chipset

HUAWEI Kirin 980 + Balong 5000

HUAWEI Kirin 980
CPU: 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
GPU: Mali-G76
NPU: Neural Network Processing Unit 

Balong 5000

2G / 3G / 4G / 5G Multi-mode
Support SA&NSA

Memory

8 GB RAM + 512 GB ROM
NM card: support up to 256 GB

Connectivity

802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio

Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1*

Type-C earjack

Camera

Leica camera
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens) + 8 MP (Telephoto)

Battery

4500 mAh (Typical Value)*

Huawei 55 W Supercharge

The Foldable Future Has Arrived

So with the specs out of the way we can now see that the Mate X is indeed Huawei’s first 5G handset and I’m not sure how you feel about 5G but I certainly can’t wait to sign up for my first plan. While I was lucky enough to attend the press event unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to physically touch the handset so instead we were given rehearsed demos that allowed us to take pictures, video and see it up close. While not ideal it certainly allowed me to gain a pretty solid feel of whether I liked what I was seeing.

In terms of design I would say the Mate X is certainly one of the best looking foldable handsets that we have seen yet. Even when folded out to it’s full tablet capacity the lucky chap that was holding the device seemed to have no issues gripping it thanks to the ergonomic bar on the rear. This was a really great design choice in my opinion and should make content consumption for extended periods comfortable.

What’s more is the introduction of this bar has allowed Huawei to house all 4 camera’s on it along with the power button that doubles as the fingerprint reader. With the position of these camera’s and the inclusion of the 6.38″ screen taking selfies will be a breeze and it will also allow anyone you are taking a picture of to see how they look. On a typical smartphone we obviously know that the rear cameras are always far superior but in this case that scenario is removed

The OLED Panel

From what I have seen so far the OLED panel looks great and with the option of utilising the 6.6″ main display as your daily handset and then being able to fold it out into the 8″ monster its certainly very practical especially when it comes in at just 11mm thick folded and a crazy 5.4mm unfolded.

Concerns?

Of course I have concerns so lets get into them. First off the pricing. At $2,199 this certainly isn’t going to be accessible for everyone especially on a 5G price plan here in the UK if price predictions are to be believed. My other concerns are mainly related to the screen itself, it is of course plastic and the screen is on the outside so I’m very curious to know just how durable it is sliding in and out of your pocket or being placed on hard surfaces etc.

We have also seen on all foldable handsets so far that crease that appears when it hit’s the light just right, is this going to cause problems while viewing content? I guess only time will tell and we won’t know for sure until we finally get it in the office

Final Thoughts

Overall I really cannot wait to get my hands on this and get some content made for both the website and YouTube channel. If you have any questions that you feel I could answer after my brief time with the Mate X do let me know down below in the comment section and I will get back to you.

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