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Huawei Mate X: Here's Why This Foldable Phone is Hot

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on Sunday unveiled a phone with a folding screen, just four days after rival Samsung became the first major handset maker to offer the feature. Huawei Mate X, will be compatible with the new fifth-generation wireless networks which are starting to be installed around the world, said Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group.

"Our engineers worked on this screen for over three years," he said at an event to present the new phone in Barcelona ahead of the start of the four-day Mobile World Congress trade fair in the Spanish city on Monday. The phone will be available in mid-2019 and has a price tag of 2,299 euros ($2,600).

Yu acknowledged the price was "very expensive" but said the company was working to lower it.

Adding to the line of foldable phones of the future, Oppo has teased its first such model that follows the likes of foldable phones from Royole and Huawei and folds outwards.

As Engadget reports, Oppo VP Brian Shen took to Weibo to share the prototype of the foldable phone. The prototype device features a hinge design and comes with a camera strip on the back that shows up in folded form.

The device was ideally meant to be showcased at the MWC 2019 but the company cancelled it, saying, “it wouldn’t have been meaningful”.

However, Oppo is not completely rejecting the idea of introducing a foldable device and based on the response of users, it may release a commercial version.

1. Specifications
The Mate X's display can fold back on itself to become a 6.6-inch display, slightly bigger than the screen on the foldable phone which Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone seller, unveiled on Wednesday in San Francisco.

2. Features
The main screen is an almost bezel-less 8-inch display with 8:7.1 aspect ratio and 2480 x 2200 resolution, and it just looks amazing.

When folded, the screen gets two separate areas, including a 6.6-inch main display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2480 x 1148 resolution, and a secondary 6.38-inch screen with a 25:9 aspect ratio and 2480 x 892 resolution.

3. The foldable factor
The Mate X is also extremely thin when unfolded, with each of the two sides measuring just 5.4mm thick, which is 0.5mm thinner than the iPad Pro. When folded, the phone does become thicker than any normal smartphone, measuring 11mm. The main OLED screen curves along a unique Falcon Wing hinge, although I have no idea what it feels like since the press wasn’t allowed to touch it.

4. The security feature
The main problem of a foldable phone with a massive screen on the outside is, well, the massive screen on the outside.

Now your chances of breaking it have doubled, but Huawei plans to create a special, albeit weird-looking, protective case for the phone that will act as a protector for the smaller 6.38-inch screen, while allowing you to use the 6.6-inch display just as a regular smartphone.
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