Huawei Mate X: 5 Things You Need To Know About The New Foldable 5G Phone

The phone of the future will launch in the middle of 2019

Photo: Sergio Perez, Reuters

Amid tensions with the United States over security allegations, Huawei pushes on with their plan to shake up the smartphone game and just last Sunday announced what they claim to be "the world's fastest foldable 5G phone."

It's the Huawei Mate X, truly the most revolutionary phone that the Chinese tech firm has released to date, and that's saying a lot. It's certainly not the first foldable phone in the market - in fact, 2019 has quickly turned into the year of the foldable phone, with a bunch of top smartphone companies introducing their own version of the incredible technology and fighting to one-up the other. Most recently, Samsung impressed us with the Galaxy Fold. According to most tech critics who had the chance to review both the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X, the Huawei offering reigns superior.

What makes the Mate X so amazing, and how does that folding screen work? We highlight some of the coolest features (in pictures), and tell you what you really need to know (brace yourself for the cost) about the phone, to be released in mid-2019.

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3. That 5G speed is real

We’ve heard about the 5G networks going public this year, but now we finally see the first smartphone designed to embrace that groundbreaking technology. For the tech specs geeks out there, the Huawei Mate X boasts a a Kirin 980 processor and the much-anticipated Balong 5000 modem created by the Chinese tech firm themselves. Let’s put it in an example most of us can understand: according to Huawei, those who use this phone will be able to download a 1GB movie in three seconds over the 5G network.

Richard Yu, “This phone is not only for today for 5G but also for future 5G. On all the benchmarks, you can see the performance; the speed is the fastest for 5G in the world,”

Speaking of speed, we’ll just squeeze this little tidbit about the phone’s battery life here: the Mate X will debut Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge technology, which is said to juice up the phone from 0% to 85% in just 30 minutes!

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