The current trend seems to be to work on a folding mobile phone. Samsung launched the first model with the Galaxy Fold in this category.
Huawei didn't have to wait long and announced its Mate X at the MWC2019 conference in Barcelona. Both devices can be broken down into tablets and support 5G. We have shed light on these luxurious precious gems and we bring you a comparison. Mate X and Galaxy Fold are folding in different ways. One has an outer fold, the other an inner one. According to industry experts, the technique of internal display layout is more complex, while the second method is more prone to faster wear and tear. Now let's take a look at the specifications of both devices.
Mate X from Huawei has the technology of external screen layout. When the device is closed, the display covers the front and back of the phone, while the front display is 6.6 inches and the back 6.38 - both larger than the iPhone Max. The spread screen is 8 inches with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels.
The thickness of the closed Mate X is 11 mm, after unfolding 5.4 mm. It is equipped with a high-capacity 4500 mAh battery with a very fast, up to 55 W charge, thanks to which you can charge the device to 85% in just 30 minutes. Unlike the Fold, the Mate X has Leica cameras located on the side panel, along with a fingerprint sensor. The rear camera has 40 Mpx, a wide-angle 20 Mpx, and also has a telephoto lens with 8 Mpx and optical zoom.
Its RAM is 8 GB, 512 GB of internal storage with expandability and is equipped with a powerful Kirin 980 processor. It will be available for sale this summer and its expected price is approximately 2299 €.
Galaxy Fold is equipped with the technique of internal layout of the display, which they call Infinity Flex. Samsung said it took them 7 years of development to improve this folding technology. When the device is closed, the secondary screen is 4.6 inches with a resolution of 840 x 1960 pixels and works like a normal mobile phone. The spread-out Super AMOLED display has 7.3 inches and a resolution of 1536 x 2152 pixels. This device has a dual selfie camera - 10 Mpx and 8 Mpx and a triple rear camera - 12 Mpx with optical stabilization, 12 Mpx telephoto lens, and 16 Mpx wide angle. The fingerprint reader is located on the side.
It has a battery with a total capacity of 4380 mAh divided into two sections (because of the folding) with support for QuickCharge 2.0 also supports wireless charging. Samsung Galaxy Fold is equipped with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 12 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of internal storage.
It should go on sale at the end of April with a price of approximately € 1,767. It's hard to say which of these two phones is better or worse. The advantage of Mate X is excellent battery life and the external way of the layout of the display, thanks to which it is more pleasant to use. The disadvantage may be its enormously high price. The advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is that its folding display is inside the device and is, therefore, less prone to damage.
Both devices are perfect according to the available information and specifications, but the first real photos and videos point to certain shortcomings of this folding display technology. They are an example of how the technology has progressed from the almost forgotten LG Flex or Samsung Galaxy Round. We have to wait at least a few more months for the real use of foldable displays.
Folding phones will most likely be a hot trend this year. In addition to Samsung and Huawei, others have announced the launch of their devices of this type, such as LG, OPPO, Motorola, Xiaomi, or ZTE.