Kathmandu – Huawei has revealed its first smartphone to feature a foldable screen, less than a week after its rival Samsung did the same.
The rival handset-tablet hybrids have contrasting designs. Huawei’s Mate X places its fold-out screen on the outside of the device, so that it covers the front and rear of the phone when closed.
the Mate X’s screen is 8in (20.3cm) when unfolded when closed, the Mate X’s larger screen is 6.8in and the smaller one 6.6in – which makes both bigger than that of the iPhone XS Max
when shut, the Mate X is 11mm (0.43in) thick the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s main screen is 7.3in (18.5cm) when unfolded
the Fold’s other display is 4.6in
the Fold measures 17mm (0.67in) thick at its widest point when closed
Unlike the Fold, the Mate X does not place any of its cameras on the same side as its screen when unfolded.
The Huawei Mate X’s screen goes “edge-to-edge” across the device when open
Instead they are placed on the flipside of the device on a strip that also features a fingerprint sensor. This runs down the side of the smaller of the two folded displays when closed and doubles up as a side-grip when open.
This potentially places the Mate X at a disadvantage to the Fold, since it becomes impossible to use its unfolded screen to take selfies. However, it is not yet clear whether this will be a serious consideration in practice.