With MWC 2019 in Barcelona show just over, a raft of smartphone developers have teased their flagships.
But perhaps the two most talked about and anticipated devices at the biggest mobile tradeshow of the year have come from Korean giant Samsung and Chinese behemoth Huawei – both of whom have revealed foldable smartphones.
The companies have opted for different designs for their attempts at the folding smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with an external display paired with a larger internal screen. In contrast, Huawei has fitted out the Mate X with two screens facing outwards at all times.
In terms of design, Huawei’s Mate X is the far better-looking handset. In comparison, the Fold is thicker and less streamlined than Huawei’s.
Despite the criticism, Samsung says it is forging ahead on revolutionising how consumers use handsets.
“Ten years after the first Galaxy. We didn’t just change the shape of the phone. We changed the shape of tomorrow,” reads the device blurb.
“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”
The Galaxy Fold’s external screen is a middling 4.6-inch affair; at 1960 × 840 of resolution and ludicrously large bezels.
Open the Fold up and the device transforms into a 7.3-inch, 2152 × 1536 Infinity Flex tablet display.
Meanwhile, Huawei’s Mate X is a thing of beauty. Measuring in at a shade over 5 mm thick when in tablet mode, and 11mm when folded.
In phone mode, the Mate X pairs a 6.6-inch, 2480 x 1148 front display with a back-mounted 6.38-inch, 2480 x 892 display.
In tablet-mode, an 8-inch, 2480 x 2200 FullView display bests Samsung in just about every category.
“The HUAWEI Mate X is engineered to be impressively thin with the Falcon Wing design, says Huawei.
“This unprecedented stretchable hinge is artistically crafted to dissolve into the device for a smooth and flat finish on both sides of the device. The firm and durable design ensures the screen will not over stretch while folding or bulge in unfolding.
Ushering in the 5G revolution with the HUAWEI Balong 5000, the world’s first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset achieves the industry-leading 5G download speed. The HUAWEI Mate X with Balong 5000 officially unlocks a new experience in the 5G era.”
At $1,980 the Samsung Galaxy Fold is certainly not cheap, while the Mate X is also expected to cost a whopping $2,600. The future of smartphones is here, and its expensive.