Open and close. Open and close. The Mate X's hinge folds outward as opposed to the inward-folding design of the Samsung Galaxy Fold which was announced last week during MWC19. That's a huge jump up from the 4.6-inch exterior cover screen on the Galaxy Fold, which is the only screen you can use when Samsung's bendy phone is closed. This new large screen allows three apps to be displayed at once. It has a single OLED panel that folds outwards and a thick bar on one side, which houses the cameras. Xiaomi has not said when the phone will be available in Singapore.
It's worth noting that the Mate X's black "bezels" around the screen seems thinner than those of its rivals. It's inside the narrow body where the Leica-designed cameras and USB-C port live.
The low-resolution images reveal a new prototype with a flexible display that bends around the outside of the handset, like the Huawei Mate X and Royole FlexPai. Needless to say, this is a futuristic device but there is one thing that Huawei has skimped on; an in-display fingerprint scanner and a "hands-free" facial recognition system. Think of it like a rolled-up magazine.
The Mate X boasts some power in it, too.
Mate X was launched at the start of MWC 2019 in Barcelona and it will come with a 5G capability as well.
8GB of RAM and a 512GB internal storage capacity rounds out the known spec list, as does the astonishing price: €2,299/$2600 for this beast of a phone and tablet hybrid. The device has a 4500mAh battery that can be quickly charged with Huawei's 55W SuperCharge that can give you 85% charge in just 30 minutes.
The BBC's great article quoted Huawei's consumer devices chief (and on-stage MCW 2019 Mate X presenter) Richard Yu noting the price was "very expensive" but that "he hoped it would be reduced over time".
We were lucky enough to get a small demonstration of the Mate X and were impressed with what we saw.
Huawei's chairman said on Sunday recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. needed to get ahead in mobile communications through competition rather than seeking to block technology was "clear and correct".