Huawei strikes back at Samsung with its own 5G foldable phone

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Huawei launched a foldable smartphone on Sunday, striking back at Samsung just days after it launched the first consumer-ready foldable device.

The Huawei Mate X is a 5G device that can fold into a slim 6.6-inch smartphone and unfold into an 8-inch tablet. Huawei’s launch sets up a battle with Samsung, which unveiled its Galaxy Fold last week, as the world’s biggest smartphone makers try to pump innovation into a stalling smartphone market.

Unlike Samsung’s device, Huawei’s Mate X features slightly curved screens that fold backward so that, when closed, there are screens on both sides of the phone. The design makes Huawei’s device slimmer than Samsung’s when it’s folded.

Huawei launched the Mate X at an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Chinese tech giant did not release a price for the phone but analysts expect it will not come cheap. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will sell for an eye-popping $1980.

Other key features of the Mate X include:

  • Flexible OLED screens
  • Curved grip for one-handed use
  • New Leica camera system

The phone will run on Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and Balong 5000 chipset, which supports 5G. The company said the super-fast chipset will allow users to download a 1 gigabyte movie in just 3 seconds.

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