- Analysis by KJ David
Announced during the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Huawei Mate X is Huawei's first attempt at a foldable flagship phone, combining its rather innovative two-in-one form factor with the high-end pedigree of the brand's Mate smartphone series. In its unfolded form, it greets users with an 8-inch OLED 2480 x 2200 display tailored to games and multitasking, consequently measuring only 5.4mm thin -- check out the best phablets on the market here. On the other hand, its folded form features a 6.6-inch 2480 x 1148 cover display and a 6.38-inch 2480 x 892 back panel -- it measures 11mm thick in this compact shape.
Another big pro for the Mate X is its support for 5G networks , which is powered by a dedicated Balong 5000 7nm 5G chipset.
Despite those ultra-high-end (as we were reviewing its specs) facets, however, our keen eye for pros and cons still caught a couple of setbacks along the way. For instance, it only supports 256GB of external memory , which sounds quite low, especially compared to the 2TB memory card slots boasted by some older high-end contenders. It does offer a hefty 512GB native memory, though. Its 295g body weight also makes it sound bulkier than most other flagship models listed here on Phonerated.
Although the Mate X does not feature a dedicated selfie camera , we're not going to call it a con just yet, since it packs a triple camera system co-engineered with Leica that rubs elbows with those of some of the best photography smartphones available. It consists of a whopping 40-megapixel primary wide-angle cam, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam, and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam. The aforementioned camera can be used to snap selfies when the phone is folded.
Joining its 5G chipset under the hood is a high-caliber 2.6GHz + 1.92GHz + 1.8GHz triple-cluster eight-core Kirin 980 engine clubbed with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 graphics processor. These are powered by a 4500mAh battery infused with Huawei's 55W SuperCharge technology, which claims to replenish up to 85 percent of its total power capacity after a 30-minute charge .
Overall, given the mix of pros and cons that it brings to the table, the Huawei Mate X caters to those who want to complement their upscale lifestyles with a premium-class folding Android.
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