Huawei Mate X Goes on Sale in China – Mate X Review

12/13/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Huawei’s monster foldable phone has been released to raving reviews and has already sold out its first batch. It appears that those with money still want foldables.


Huawei is the second company to release a foldable phone, following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold last month. The company was initially going to release the phone in February, but held back after Samsung delayed their own foldable phone until October. The reasons for this were never given, but it could have been that Huawei didn’t want to launch at a time when the public was weary of whether foldable phones would work properly. It could also have been due to similar durability problems that Samsung ran into.

Either way, both companies have now launched their first foldable phones, and there can be no doubt that Huawei’s one looks a lot better than Samsung’s. The reason for this is that the design of the screen is better on first glance, and the folded version of the phone looks much nicer as well.

Still, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a formidable smartphone, and is still very much a competitor to the Mate X. What’s more, the Mate X hasn’t launched outside of China yet, and it’s unclear as of yet whether it actually will launch in other markets at all.

Mate X sells out already

Since Huawei was banned in the US, people in China have been rallying around the company in solidarity. Huawei is the biggest phone manufacturer in the country, and now makes the most advanced smartphones coming out of the dragon’s nest.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the first batch of the Mate X – which were sold exclusively in China – have already sold out. While this doesn’t necessarily spell massive continuing sales (the phone costs more than $2,000), it does show that there is still a market for foldable phones.

Considering these devices will likely become the norm in the years to come, you might wonder why there would ever have been any doubt about them – but considering both the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold were delayed by almost a whole year due to durability issues, you can start to piece together why people might be hesitant to buy one. It’s not that they’re not desirable, it’s just that people aren’t sure they’re working properly yet.

Mate X design

There’s a lot to be said about the design of the Huawei Mate X. It differs greatly from that of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The most obvious difference is before you unfold the device. Rather than the tiny screen and huge bezels on the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X has a full screen to play with. This makes it look a lot nicer and less like something that came straight out of 2007.

When unfolded, the Mate X looks a lot cleaner – it doesn’t have that horrible fold present down the middle of Samsung’s device, but rather, it’s just a full display experience. There also isn’t the massive and intrusive notch on the device.

The screen itself unfolds to a whopping 8-inches of OLED gorgeousness, which will be more than enough to satisfy you while watching videos, gaming, or just tinkering through apps. Before you unfold it, you still have a 6.4-inch phone to play with, which has no notch and looks good enough to be sold in its own right.

The Mate X is a real head turner. As an unfolded device, it doesn’t look bulky at all, but rather it’s one solid entity, and then, when unfolded, it transforms into a whopping 8-inch tablet.

The device doesn’t have a headphone jack, so you’ll have to invest in a pair of wireless music-makers in order to jam to your favorite tunes. This is pretty standard now on flagship smartphones. The device does have a USB-C port.

Huawei Mate X camera

The camera setup on the Mate X imports a lot from the Huawei P30 Pro, which was widely regarded as pretty much the only smartphone camera that could compete against the Google Pixel 3 in terms of picture quality.

The rear camera setup includes a 40MP main sensor, supported by a 16MP wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. This makes for a very good camera setup that will handle most situations with ease. If you’re into mobile photography, then the Mate X will be right up your alley.

What’s on the inside?

Powering the Mate X is Huawei’s very own Kirin 990 chipset. This is a formidable chipset that rivals the Snapdragon 855 and the A13 Bionic from Apple. It’s a top-of-the-range processor that will make using the Mate X a breeze. There is also a Balong 5000 modem inside the device, which allows for 5G support. The phone can download a 1GB movie in just three seconds. So, if you’re looking for a blisteringly fast internet connection, then you’ll find it here.

On top of that, the phone also packs in up to 512GB of internal storage, meaning that you can store more than a handful of high-resolution movies, music, photos, and more without any risk of filling the memory up.

In short, the Huawei Mate X is a lot more than just a pretty face. The device is a workhorse that will be more than enough to satisfy even the choosiest of consumers. The design is on point, the internal specs are to match, and it’s one of the few devices on the market that already supports 5G.

The device also has 55W super-fast charging, which means that you can restore 85% of the 4,500mAh battery in just 30 minutes.

The verdict

Considering the Huawei Mate X won’t come with Google Mobile Services, trying to sell it in the West, or indeed anywhere outside of China, will be a challenge. Still, the world’s second foldable phone is a formidable achievement, and certainly sets the precedent for what Samsung has to compete with when it comes to the Galaxy Fold 2.

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