Huawei Unveils Upgrades to Anticipated Mate X Foldable Smartphone
Huawei’s Mate X foldable smartphone has seen some major delays, but rest assured, the phone has been kept up to scratch with the latest tech for 2019.
While the world has waited patiently, Huawei has been busy ramping up the Mate X in anticipation for its release later this year. It now appears that the phone will be released in November, although this isn’t confirmed yet.
Huawei first announced the Mate X foldable smartphone to the world in February, and it has experienced several delays since then. This actually prompted many to speculate that by the time it finally gets released it’ll be out of date with the latest tech advancements.
Huawei has other ideas, however. They’ve unveiled a newer, and much more advanced version of the Mate X which features a 40MP camera lens and a chipset that hasn’t even been released yet. In other words, Huawei is making sure that when this thing drops, it smashes through the ice and goes down as one of the best smartphones of 2019.
What’s in store for the Huawei Mate X?
So, what exactly can we expect to see in Huawei’s upcoming monster phone? Well, they’ve ditched the original camera setup and replaced it with one that matches the P30 setup and they’ve upgraded the specs a considerable amount. This is on top of the obvious upgrades that they were making to ensure that the foldable screen doesn’t encounter any issues – and that’s barely trodden water at this stage in the smartphone market.
The Huawei Mate X is set to hit the shelves with some of the best camera hardware currently available. In fact, the Huawei P30 is widely considered to be the best smartphone camera around –even better than the Google Pixel 3. This camera kit is being installed on the Mate X to ensure that any competition will have a tough time matching it.
This means that the Mate X will sport a 40MP main lens (upgraded from 12MP), supported by a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens that is now bigger and has a low aperture. The main lens will also be more capable of taking low-light photos thanks to an upgrade to a RYYB lens.
In short, the Huawei Mate X will be a formidable smartphone with regards to camera setup. It will be able to take ultra-high quality photos with vivid colors, sharp detail, and it won’t lose much quality in low-light settings. This will be enough to overtake most cameras on the market right now, including the upcoming iPhone 11, which is rumored to features three 12MP camera lenses.
On top of the camera upgrade, Huawei are also making sure that the Mate X has internal specs to ensure that the phone stays relevant for at least another couple of years. The Huawei Mate X will supposedly come kitted out with the Kirin 990 chipset. This chipset hasn’t even been officially announced yet, giving you an idea of just how cutting-edge it is. Huawei is doing all that they can to make sure that the Mate X can stay on top of the competition throughout 2019 and even keep up deep into 2020.
The Mate X is also set to come with 512GB internal storage and will be 5G ready, meaning that you can download a 1GB movie over a quick coffee. And that’s not all, the Mate X is also going to rock a whopping 4,500mAh battery with Huawei’s very own 55W Super Charge tech that can charge the phone to 85% from flat in just half an hour.
Huawei Mate X Design
The Mate X is the panicle of foldable phones that will be released onto the market so far. It’s essentially the first step to what might become a more commonplace smartphone design, with a screen on each side that can unfold into a massive tablet.
The main screen is an uninterrupted 6.6-inches of display. There isn’t a notch to take up space or anything – it’s just all screen. This looks incredible and it’s actually on par with the biggest phones on the market right now before you even unfold it.
On the back is another screen – this one comes in at 6.4-inch display. Once unfolded, the two screens combine to make a stunning looking tablet which you can use to watch movies, play games, or just have a bigger display to work with.
The screen is OLED and you can actually use either the front or the smaller back screen individually if you want. This means that you can save battery by using a smaller screen if you’d prefer. Or you can go the whole way and unfold the phone to become the behemoth tablet – the Mate X’s selling point.
It’s worth noting that foldable screens are made of plastic, which scratches more easily than glass. This material doesn’t affect the incredible display, but users will have to be a little more careful when using it to ensure that they don’t scratch it.
That being said, Huawei has confidently announced that they’ve been throwing things at the Mate X in the lab and will continue to do so before its launch. They’re still making upgrades to ensure that the phone is as durable as possible. This includes folding it 100,000 times in stress heavy conditions to ensure that the thing doesn’t break in half when you try to unfold it…
Price and availability
The Huawei Mate X is going to be one of the most expensive smartphones ever released. The initial price is set to be a jaw-dropping US$2,600 / £2,000 / AU$4,770. That’s A LOT of money for a phone. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 11 is estimated to cost around US$1,400.
Huawei aren’t pulling any punches though, it seems that the company is determined to show the world what it can do by producing the most premium smartphone it’s ever seen. Put simply, unless you’re a serious baller or just willing to spend a significant sum each month on having the best phone on the market, the Mate X might actually be out of your price range.
Availability is a sticky one. Considering Huawei is still stuck in the middle of a trade war between China and the United States, the Mate X won’t be available in the US and it might not even have access to the Google Play Store or Android updates.
Of course, this is an ongoing issue for Huawei that is becoming more political by the day. Recently, the Chinese firm’s hopes of the trade ban easing up were stalled when the US put 46 Huawei affiliates on the Entities List, banning them from doing business with US companies as well.
The usability of Huawei phones is under threat, although it’s possible that the situation will be resolved this year or when a new US president takes office. Huawei has also announced their own HarmonyOS to back the phones up in the event that Google are forced to drop them from Android support.
The Huawei Mate X is basically set to blow the entire smartphone market into the next generation of what phones are capable of. We’re very excited about the phone’s release – supposedly in November. It’s likely that this will be one of the biggest smartphone events of the decade. Start saving!