Huawei has released its Mate X folding smartphone with a flexible screen that bends around the exterior of the device.
According to Huawei, the Mate X “defines a new category of mobile devices” by way of its thin, flexible screen that can be folded to half its size, turning it from a tablet into a smartphone.
The foldability works by way of an “unprecedented” stretchable hinge that enables users to transform the device from an 8 inch tablet – measured diagonally across the device – into a more compact 6.6 inch smartphone.
When unfolded, the screen boasts a smooth, flat surface with a thickness of 5.4 millimetres. When folded, the two halves of the screen fit snugly together and measure in at 11 millimetres thick, with the shorter half tucking into a raised edge on the reverse.
- The screen features an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, in which each pixel provides its own illumination instead of being illuminated by an LED backlight.
- The Chinese tech giant announced the launch of Mate X at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday 24 February.
- The announcement came less than a week after rival company Samsung revealed its foldable Galaxy X device, which folds down via a hinge mechanism from a 7.3 inch tablet into a 4.6-inch smartphone.
- “The Huawei Mate X’s revolutionary form factor is achieved by Huawei’s relentless effort in research and development,” said CEO Richard Yu. “It represents a voyage into the uncharted.”
- “As a new breed of smartphones, Huawei Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience,” he continued.
- Other features include a split screen mode designed for multitasking, which allows users to write emails or handle files while browsing the internet or watching a video.
- A fingerprint recognition sensor is integrated into the power switch button, enabling users to securely open the device with just one touch.
The Mate X also features a multi-lens Leica camera system integrated on the front and back of the device, which has the same quality camera for taking selfies as it does for rear-facing images.
The dual screen design allows both the photographer and the subject to preview the image in real-time from both sides when capturing portrait shots.
In a bid to “lead the 5G evolution”, the Mate X boasts a dual sim (with four integrated 5G antennae) that provides access to 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G network signals across the globe.