Hands on: Huawei Mate X Review

Expanded hands-on time with our foldable future 


The Huawei Mate X won’t be the principal foldable telephone to dispatch, however it may be the main you truly consider paying gobs of cash for in 2019. Its strong inclination pivot enables this handset to overlay up, changing from full 8-inch tablet into a progressively customary looking 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch cell phone with a screen on either side. It feels like you’re grasping the future, simply realize that your transformative rapture over this telephone comes at an exceptionally high cost.

The Huawei Mate X is the foldable cell phone that our science fiction creative abilities conjured up years back, and it’s woke up at MWC 2019 where we got the opportunity to play with it.

Our all-inclusive hands-on time demonstrated that the Mate X has a strong inclination pivot with the goal that it can change from a 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch telephone into an entire 8-inch Android tablet.

It’s Huawei’s FullView bezel-decreased screen that improves this foldable telephone look than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which we just got the opportunity to see at a separation. Just Samsung reps got the benefit of running hands-on with that telephone.

The Huawei Mate X likewise has some genuine strength backing it up, with 5G, the new Kirin 980 chipset, and a weighty 4,500 battery limit backing it up.

How could it feel? What’s it going to resemble to utilize? Richard Yu, Executive Director, CEO of the Consumer Business Group gave us the principal hands-on time at MWC 2019 and we got additional time with the foldable later on at the show. This is what we think.

Cost and release date 

Huawei’s Mate X dropped with zeal at MWC 2019, and with a sticker price that makes the most noteworthy specced iPhone look moderate ; Huawei, when synonymous with spending gadgets, is without a doubt getting settled in the major alliances.

The Mate X costs €2,299, which changes over to about $2,600, £2,000, AU$4,770 with 512GB of interior stockpiling and 8GB of RAM, and Huawei has indicated there will be different variations down the line.

This foldable telephone will dispatch in the UK on EE, Three and Vodafone this year. The official discharge date window is June, July, or August, Huawei told TechRadar.

That doesn’t mean The Mate X will dispatch all over the place. As progressive as this foldable telephone looks, there are no US discharge date designs, said Huawei reps, which means you may need to import this 2-in-1 5G gadget to get it in North America.

Structure and screen 

One thing that wasn’t clarified in our underlying preparation on the Mate X was the means by which the fasten framework used to keep the screen immovably flush when the telephone is in its collapsed ‘telephone state’ worked.

For reasons unknown, a catch on the back of the telephone can be squeezed, discharging the back part of the presentation so it tends to be spread out into a 8-inch tablet.

The front of the telephone truly is all-screen – 6.6-creeps of it, as a conspicuous difference to the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s modest 4.6-inch outer presentation delineated with muscular bezels.

This is the place the Mate X truly emerges. Samsung’s single external screen in collapsed mode returns us to the times of overwhelming bezel diagrams and little shows, exactly when we got to good screen-to-body proportions on telephones. Huawei skirts ahead with its FullView 8-inch show.

Turn the Mate X around and its back bit – whatever is left of the showcase, makes an optional 6.4-inch screen that is more slender – this could be cool for viewing 21:9 motion pictures, initiating the littlest presentation, and possibly sparing battery.

The reason this could spare battery comes down to the Mate X’s screen innovation. As this is an OLED show singular pixels can be started up, with unused pixels remaining pitch dark; this is rather than LCD shows that require the entire board – every one of the pixels – to be lit up at the same time. Huawei exploits this power-sparing element inborn to OLED tech in the center structure of its Mate X.

Moving parts alarm us – particularly when they’re in contraptions that cost over $2,000. We were reluctant to overlap one of only a handful couple of test Mate X gadgets close by at MWC. In our brains, we were snapping a tablet into equal parts.

Huawei consoled us that its bendable screen has persevered through 100,000 overlays in lab-condition pressure tests, and it additionally demonstrated to us how it has built up a case to keep it ensured; however above all, it feels like a strong piece of pack, notwithstanding how meager it is.

A greater dread for us is that the fasten that keeps the telephone flush will wear out. Huawei referenced to us that the catch is required for the totally flush overlap at this stage, yet maybe in the following development of its restrictive Falcon Wing pivot framework it’ll have the capacity to secure fasten free.

Another key concern we have encompassing sturdiness, particularly with a wraparound telephone this way, is scratch-obstruction, or deficiency in that department. Adaptable presentations are plastic, which scratches more promptly than glass – recall the first Moto Z Force that was touted to have an unbreakable screen to endure little drops, yet scratched rather effectively?

In this regard there’s a decent possibility the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be hardier than the Mate X, with less uncovered adaptable showcase and a glass external screen.

Fortunately Huawei reps said the Mate X will really experience greater solidness tests and some minor changes before it dispatches in a couple of months. The bother here is that it could really look superior to anything it did at MWC.


We know almost no about the camera on the Mate X, other than that it’s a triple-module framework. We weren’t permitted to open the camera application and give it a shot ourselves, yet we saw a couple of traps in real life, and they were by all accounts a balance of gimmicky and valuable.

Most importantly, there’s no front camera, only an essential triple camera around the back. All’s not lost for you Instagram stars and divas however, as the back screen bends over as a viewfinder, which ought to really improve taking selfies an even ordeal, given the way that back cameras are quite often better in quality than selfie shooters.

The second screen can likewise be utilized to make a double viewfinder – one on either side of the telephone. This empowers you to see a review when somebody’s snapping your photo with the Mate X, adding an energetic gathering trap to this expensive powerhouse.

We got the opportunity to try out the selfie camera usefulness, and it functioned admirably. A live perspective on what’s in edge showed up on the two sides of the collapsed telephone, so both the image taker and fastidious individual who requested that a more peculiar snap their picture can see everything.

Envision an existence where nobody until the end of time says “Umm… would you be able to take that once more?” Both individuals in this circumstance can perceive what’s in casing and change voluntarily.

We don’t have camera megapixel sizes or opening subtleties for you right now. There are numerous reasons Huawei be so tight-lipped about the careful camera specs. From one perspective, the camera may contain tech of things to come – something the brand needs to report with its forthcoming Huawei P30 cell phone, expected toward the finish of March.

On the other hand, the Mate X might not have a stand out camera given the potential space restrictions, while another probability is that Huawei hasn’t resolved the subtleties with regards to imaging on this thing, and wouldn’t like to submit before it’s prepared to put up it for sale to the public.

This is all mystery obviously, and with any fortunes Huawei will sparkle a light on things sooner than later.

Battery and specs 

One thing Huawei wanted to discuss was power, in light of the fact that there’s a huge battery inside the Mate X – very are two batteries, joining for an all out 4,500mAh.

It’s pressing more squeeze than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, yet the Mate X likewise has a greater screen when in both telephone and tablet introductions, so is likely more eager for power.

Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge tech, which makes a big appearance on the Mate X, not just outperforms the 40W charging in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, however it can likewise control up the Mate X to 85% from 0% in only 30 minutes.

Controlled by a Kirin 980 processor combined with a Balong 5000 5G modem, the telephone doesn’t simply charge rapidly, it ‘5Gs’ rapidly as well, taking as meager as three seconds to download a 1GB motion picture.

While we won’t see those paces when the telephone drops amidst this year, as systems will improbable help such zippy download rates, numbers like that do give us some solace that the amazingly costly Mate X is pleasantly future-sealed from an information exchange speed perspective.

You will clutch this telephone for some time, so future-sealed specs are critical here. To that point, there’s 512GB stockpiling and backing for expandable capacity by means of Nano Memory, Huawei’s restrictive stockpiling card that goes up to 256GB.

How it functions 

The Mate X runs an altered rendition of Android, and, ever mindful of folds and unfurls, the interface enhances itself for tablet or telephone introduction in milliseconds. Our involvement with the UI was smooth, particularly thinking about that the telephone is some way off really retailing.

EMUI, Huawei’s custom skin that sits on Android, is likely at the core of the experience, and there were some altogether new highlights that shone through, explicitly around split-screen performing multiple tasks, with the OS arranged for the greater, practically square tablet show truly well.

Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu referenced that the tablet would be preferably fit to mouse and console embellishing for record altering, possibly notwithstanding alluding to an EMUI Desktop-style understanding down the line – or, might we venture to state it, full Windows?

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