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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5. You need to have a really big budget

Or be willing to splurge. Sorry to break it to those who have just been won over by the amazing features – the Huawei Mate X will cost €2,299, an estimated S$3,529. Bet that iPhone XS Max sounds pretty affordable now, huh? For a firm that’s known for producing high quality phones at budget prices, we were expecting the Mate X to offer a more favourable price tag than the Galaxy Fold (already a whopping S$2,675) and the other foldable contenders.

There’s still some hope if your heart and mind are in conflict over the Mate X – Huawei may be releasing more foldable phones or models that are cheaper. Clement Wong, head of Huawei’s Global Product Marketing, suggested so in response to the audience’s dismay over the price during the unveiling: “It is not just only one phone,” he said. “A lot of different phones will be coming out.”

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