Finally, after many rumors, some postponements and much anticipation, Huawei has officially launched its folding smartphone, the already famous Mate X. Competing side by side with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, none of them should be officially launched in Brazil.
Still, at the invitation of Huawei Brazil, we were able to spend time with the impressive smartphone in Sao Paulo, and we bring you our first impressions and the answers to some questions.
As a first surprise, the device is very thin when opened, and remains much thinner than we thought when closed. It is narrow and very solid in its grip, giving it a good build feel.
The hinges and their hinged parts seem likely to accumulate dirt, as does the body and screen that accumulate many fingerprints. The phone is dark gray with many antenna protectors and volume knobs and one of power which is also the fingerprint reader on the side. No biometrics below the screen.
To open Mate X you have to press a button on the back, below the cameras. It releases a lock and the screen unfolds a few degrees by itself, in the momentum, as when we opened a wallet. The hinge is very firm and requires a little effort to open, and you need to squeeze the middle of the screen with your finger to make it straight, making a little noise.
When opened, the back is matte and there is no space between the two pieces in a perfect fit. On one side is a wider strip, which houses the cameras and also helps in the grip, looking like a Kindle Oasis.
By holding this thick band you get a good balance of weight to hold it with one hand, and it is very comfortable for reading. Too bad that only serves for right-handed, because turning it and holding it with your left hand does not rotate the screen together, because of the sound outputs.
Multimedia and Features
The screen is the obvious highlight of this phone, and without it we would have a common top of the line company, as is the Mate 30 Pro, which we also saw there. Mate X's sense of being is its folding screen, and it's obviously what impresses right off the bat.
Although it was made of plastic, it had no risk at all. Because the units are few and expensive, they are very well looked after by Huawei employees, and the Mate X we tried was in a leather wallet. In addition, it has a thin film over the display, similar to one that could not be removed from the Galaxy Fold.
By the touch and also by looking into the light, you clearly realize that the screen is plastic, but does not feel low quality. There are no creases in the fold, but when the smartphone is open you can see waves on the display, especially closer to the edges. Nothing to bother with, but don't expect a 100% smooth and straight looking screen.
The Mate X features an enclosed 6.6-inch AMOLED screen with a 19.5: 9 aspect, and the rear portion is turned off without any touch feedback. In our brief test there were no touch errors as we began to close the screen and the second half ceased the image, but some video bugs were left over.
Opened we have access to a large 8 inch 4: 3 aspect screen. For websites and readings this proved to be a great and comfortable format, especially with the weight balance. For other content, such as video and games, there may be losses, as wide content results in black edges at the top and bottom, especially video.
There are two sound outputs, one small and discreet in what would be above the screen when it is folded, and one at the bottom of the device, also folded. When it is open, you can choose whether you want the outputs in the same place or on the sides by simply turning the appliance.
The sound is very immersive, especially when it is with side sound outputs, with Mate X open. For both games and videos, it seemed to be a good stereo, with high volume.
Regarding the system, this phone brings embedded the EMUI 9, with Android Pie. Android 10 promises better integration with folding screens, but Pie can do reasonably well.
As it is also a version that is also used in tablets, Huawei had to take advantage of this and space more buttons and menus. The keyboard is very large in both folded and open modes for ease of use. Still, not everything is optimized.
After a few years of adapting to increasingly flat screens, companies that come up with near-square 4: 3 screens will face difficulties. They are not many and not uncomfortable in general use, but they do appear.
Huawei also has some shortcuts in your system where you use your knuckles to capture the screen, start screen recording, or split the screen in two to increase productivity. But it takes a few days of use to get the hang of these shortcuts.
In addition, a ToF camera offers the possibility of hand-gestured navigation in front of the handset, in the style of the LG G8 and Pixel 4. Closing your hand in front of the screen captures, keeping it closed and opening it as a “go away” sign lets you browse TikTok posts, for example. Nor are gestures that you catch on the spot.
Our hands-on was pretty short, but from what we could test performance, it performed smoothly. It didn't choke or stumble on videos or games like Asphalt, let alone on the system.
Inside, it features Kirin 980 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. You can expand by another 256 GB with a Huawei Nano Memory Card. Your hardware is top notch as expected for its price.
Its battery is 4,500 mAh, and we will still have to do more extensive durability tests to see how it works. This is a reasonable number, whose challenge is to hold the load for an entire day when using an 8 inch AMOLED display and high end processing set.
The charger that comes in the box, the Huawei SuperCharge, is 55W and promises 85% recharge in half an hour.
The Mate X camera set is very sturdy. Since you don't need a front camera, there is only one set, and when you want to take a selfie, just flip the camera closed to the smallest screen left in the fold.
There are four cameras, a 40 megapixel wide, an 8 megapixel tele and a 16 megapixel ultrawide. Complete the set a 3D ToF that serves as a sensor for gestures and portrait mode. The lenses are Leica and he makes 4K videos, being a set until similar to the Mate 30 Pro.
In the photos we made, we can see that the details are very good, with slightly faded colors. The contrast is also good. When it comes to selfie, even though it's the same set of cameras, Mate X exaggerates a little in softening the face, losing a little in sharpness.
Price and availability
For now, there is no forecast for the release of Mate X here. His official price in China is 16,999 yuan, which is just over 10,000 reais in today's price. A very salty price, which here in Brazil would practically double, leaving very low the chances of a launch in the country.
There is no way to talk about cost benefit here. If you buy a Mate X, you are buying an innovative device, and so its price. Novelty is expensive, something early adopters are already used to.
And it is, of course, enough to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Fold and the recent Motorola RAZR, two other major folding ones that have actually been released.
- Screen: 6.6 inch folding AMOLED 19.5: 9 closed, 8 inch 4: 3 open
- Aspect Ratio: 2200 x 2480 pixels
- Density: 414 ppi
- Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
- GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 512 GB, expandable to 256 GB via Nano Memory
- Cameras: 40MP (f / 1.8) + 8MP (f / 2.4) + 16MP (f / 2.2) + 3D ToF
- Battery: 4,500 mAh
- Open: 161.3 x 146.2 x 5.4 mm
Closed: 161.3 x 78.3 x 11 mm
- Open: 161.3 x 146.2 x 5.4 mm
- Weight: 295g
- Connectivity: Type-C USB Port
- Colors: Interstellar Blue
Huawei Mate X
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