Huawei's Folding Mate X: Australian Specs, Price And Release Date

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It's only taken a few days but the Samsung Fold's leadership in the folding phablet business is already under threat. The Huawei Mate X was unveiled at Mobile World Congress today and while it's slightly larger than its Korean competitor, most reports suggest that it's easier to grasp. And, unlike the Galaxy Fold, Huawei's approach gives you two external displays that open into 8-inches of viewing goodness.

The wraparound display is 11mm thick when closed with the rear display sized 6.38-inches and the front display at 6.6-inches. The difference makes room for the four cameras and flash. When opened, at its thinnest section, the Mate X is just 5.4mm thick - which is thinner than an iPad Pro.

Opened out in full, you get a 2480 x 2200 pixel resolution. Closed, the rear comes in at 2480 x 892, while the front is slightly denser at 2480 x 1148 pixels. By wrapping the display around the outside, rather than folding it internally, Huawei ends up making the bend gentler on the display - perhaps to placate users who are concerned their foldable display will develop a nasty crease over time.

Photo: Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo

This is powered by Huawei's bespoke Kirin 980 processor and the handset also boasts 5G and a 4,500mAh battery.

Huawei Mate X specifications

Huawei Mate X
Operating system Android 9.0 (Pie)
Display Unfolded: 8", 2480 x 2200

Folded: Folded: 6.6" at 2480 x 1148 for front panel, 6.38" at 2480 x 892 for back panel

Camera Leica camera, 40 MP (Wide Angle Lens) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens) + 8 MP (Telephoto))
Body Folded: 78.3 X 161.3 X 5.4 11mm

Unfolded: 146.2 x 161.3 x 5.4-11mm

CPU HUAWEI Kirin 980 CPU: 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz GPU: Mali-G76

NPU: Neural Network Processing Unit Balong 5000

Memory 8 GB RAM + 512 GB ROM, NM card: support up to 256 GB
Network Primary SIM: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G

Secondary SIM: 2G, 3G, 4G

GPS GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)
Wireless Comms 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 4,500mAh,
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Huawei Mate X Australian pricing

Offical pricing hasn't yet been revealed for Australia but we do now that it will start at €2299. That's a whopping $3700 locally and then you'll need to add GST. It's about 10% dearer than the Galaxy Fold is expected to cost.

Huawei Mate X release date

During Mobile World Congress, Huawei’s consumer CEO, Richard Yu said the Mate X will be available from the middle of 2019.

Maybe it’s nothing, but that slight ripple in the Mate X’s screen elicits so many questions. (Photo: Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo)

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    You need to fix your last 2 headers:

    'Samsung Galaxy S10 Australian pricing'
    'Samsung Galaxy Australian release date'

    By wrapping the display around the outside, rather than folding it internally, Huawei ends up making the bend gentler on the display - perhaps to placate users who are concerned their foldable display will develop a nasty crease over time.

    So instead of a crease the screen will stretch :P

    To be honest, I prefer the screen be inside so it's a little more protected from bumps and scratches. Though I can see their logic here - you can use one big screen instead of Samsung's approach of one small screen on the outside and a big one inside. That's got to simplify manufacturing and reduce costs.

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