Open and close. Open and close. However, it also means the Galaxy Fold requires an entirely separate screen on the outside of the book-like design so that it can be used without unfurling the 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display.
At first glance the 5G Mate X smartphone is a super-sized Android smartphone with a 6.6-inch display, which is just slightly bigger than Apple's iPhone XS Max but noticeably larger than the 4.6 inches of Samsung's Galaxy Fold. When unfolded, it transforms into an 8-inch tablet only 5.4mm thick.
Look, no big ugly bezels! And when unfolded, you have some serious screen real estate for movie watching. Most were stunned by the Galaxy Fold's $1,980 price tag, but it seems Huawei is upping the ante on how expensive these devices can go.
This device is coming hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and it's among the pioneers that are paving the way for the foldable smartphone era.
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IDC senior analyst Ryan Reith said he was skeptical that smartphones with foldable screens will work well since apps will need to be "tweaked" to ensure that they work on the smaller screen when the phone is folded up.
The phone includes the company's 7nm Balong 5000 5G modem. The gap-free foldable screen shows Huawei outperforming Samsung in industrial design. The phone also has a 6.6-inch front screen and 6.38-inch back screen.
The number one concern of the Mate X however is the fact that it is a outwards folding phone. What this boils down to is that the Mate X is ready for the next-generation mobile broadband.
Priced at United States $2,600 (€2,299), it comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Along its edge, meanwhile, is a combination power button and fingerprint scanner, just below the volume rocker. It's barely March and we already have a third contender on the scene with Huawei's unveiling of the Mate X.
It's hard to convey just how cool-looking the Mate X is.
By holding its event ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) for the first time in a few years, Samsung ensured maximum hype surrounding the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Both Samsung and Huawei said their devices can withstand the wear-and-tear of over 100,000 folds. Take a look at how this phone bends differently than its competition and costs even more!