Huawei’s foldable Mate X smartphone is now in its final phase of testing according to a senior Huawei executive, although a release date for the futuristic handset is yet to be confirmed.
According to a TechRadar interview with Huawei’s President of Europe, Walter Ji, the Chinese manufacturer was building up to release the highly-anticipated smartphone.
Measuring in at a shade over 5 mm thick when in tablet mode, and 11mm when folded, 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’s Galaxy Fold in just about every category.
“The Huawei Mate X is engineered to be impressively thin with the Falcon Wing design, said Huawei during its unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year.
“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 Huwaei 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.”
In contrast, Samsung, Huawei’s rivals for the crown, conceded that its launch of the $2,000 Galaxy Fold device was premature and “embarrassing”.
In an interview with The Independent, Samsung CEO DJ Koh said, “It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready.” For now, Koh says the company is “in the process of recovery” and doing lots of testing.
“At the moment,” Koh said, “more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects. We defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about, but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing.”
Samsung had opted for a different design for its attempt at the folding smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with an external display paired with a larger internal screen.
However, the Korean company delayed shipping for its much-vaunted Galaxy Fold device after a string of reviewers complained of broken and damaged displays.
Some reviewers removed a “protective layer” from the screen which Samsung later said was supposed to be permanent fixture. In other cases, Fold displays failed after normal use scenarios bringing the durability of the almost $2,000 device into question.
With both Huawei and Samsung popular with consumers in Cambodia, and despite the eye-watering cost, we’ll discover which manufacturer will win over the Cambodian market later this year.