(Huawei Mate X Review)
Price and Release date Huawei Mate X:
As expected of one of the main novelties of the first half of 2019, Huawei Mate X was presented at the end of February at MWC in Barcelona. True, sales of the miracle gadget will begin no earlier than the middle of this year.
Europe has every chance to get into the “first wave” of sales because our market is one of the most loyal to Huawei. But the price of the novelty is shocking – $ 2600 (171 thousand rubles). Are there many who wish to buy an Android smartphone at the price of a MacBook Pro?
Specifications Huawei Mate X:
|Open: 8 inches, 8: 7.1, 2200 x 2480 pixels, AMOLED, folded front: 2480 x 1148, 19.5: 9, folded back: 2480 x 892, 25: 9|
|HiSilicon Kirin 980, 8 cores, up to 2.6 GHz, 7 nm, GPU Mali-G76 MP10|
|RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X, built-in 512 GB, nanoSD memory card up to 256 GB|
|The main camera: triple, 40 megapixels (f / 1.8) + 8 megapixels telephoto (f / 2.4) + 16 megapixels wide-angle (f / 2.2). 3D TOF Camera|
|4500 mAh, fast charging Huawei SuperCharge 55W|
Communication and Interfaces:
|5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, Infrared|
|Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1.1 Shell|
|Fingerprint scanner in the power button, unlocking the face|
|146.2 (78.3 when folded) x 161.3 x 5.4 (11 when folded) mm, 295 g|
Strictly speaking, the format of folding smartphones creates a kind of universal device that replaces both the phone and the compact tablet. When unfolded, the screen size of the Huawei Mate X is 8 inches, and the resolution is 2480 x 2200 pixels.
The display of the gadget is made by AMOLED technology and can have as many as three states. The smartphone folds out with the display, and in this position, the main screen is divided into two.
The conditional central part with a diagonal of 6.6 inches has an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a resolution of 2480 x 1148 pixels, and the 6.38-inch back panel has 25: 9 and a resolution of 2480 x 892. By the way, unlike the direct competitor to Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X has no screen cutouts.
Huawei did not disclose technical details, but the engineers managed to make the smartphone case much thinner than the folding Samsung. So, when folded, the gadget has a thickness of only 11 mm.
The display frames turned out to be really thin, not least due to the fact that the main cameras here also play the role of front cameras. The body colour is offered one – Interstellar Blue.
The company claims that the folding mechanism is guaranteed to last at least two years. However, it is not clear how much the new form factor is protected from external influences and falls. In any case, all Huawei Mate X out of the box will have a case for full protection.
Huawei Mate X CPU, memory, communications:
This Chinese manufacturer did not break its rule and installed a new chipset of its own design HiSilicon Kirin 980. We saw it already on such smartphones as Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Honor V20.
This is the first solution in the world based on the 7 nm process technology. In general, the processor is powerful but somewhat inferior in performance to competitors on Snapdragon.
The smartphone has a lot of memory; it is understandable because Mate X has every chance of becoming an ultra-mobile workstation. RAM 8 GB, permanent – 512 GB. For those who do not have half a terabyte, the manufacturer offers to install a memory card, but unusual.
Huawei is actively promoting its nano sd memory card standard. Finding such a card on sale is not as easy as the common microSD format.
Huawei Mate X has become one of the world’s first smartphones with support for fifth-generation mobile networks. Access to high-speed Internet is provided by Huawei’s own modem, the Balong 5000.
The rest of the wireless interfaces in the smartphone are complete and even have a USB Type-C 3.1 connector. But for an unknown reason, in such a large device there was no place for a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Huawei Mate X Camera:
Huawei is particularly proud of the Mate X camera module, developed in collaboration with the German Leica. It is located on the side of the housing with a smaller portion of the screen in the folded state.
The module consists of three sensors: 40 megapixels (f / 1.8) + 8 megapixels telephoto (f / 2.4) + 16 megapixels wide-angle (f / 2.2). The manufacturer promises the quality of images at the level of 2019 photo flags. The facial recognition function is performed by the TOF camera.
Huawei Mate X Battery:
The battery of the novelty received a reliable capacity of 4500 mAh. In fact, two batteries live in the device, one per half. Charging is supported with a record-breaking power of 55 W for smartphones. Huawei says that 85% charge of the battery is possible in 30 minutes.