It has been a spectacular month for new smartphone announcements of all shapes and sizes, but it’s all the foldable phones from MWC that have stolen our hearts. Here is a look at what we know so far about the new Huawei Mate X, Galaxy Fold, and Oppo foldable.
Huawei Mate X - Everything we know
We don’t yet know the UK pricing of the Huawei Mate X, but the price in Euros is €2,299, so roughly £2,000. It’s a hefty price to pay for a mobile device, but it’s expected that the price will drop for future versions. The Mate X folds with the display facing outwards, as opposed to the inward folding Galaxy Fold.
When folded in, it lies flush next to a small bar that houses the camera sensors. This gives it a cleaner, more streamlined design in comparison to the Galaxy Fold. The bar also doubles up as a grip when folded out to make one handed usage comfortable.
To make foldable display tech work, Huawei, Oppo, and Samsung needed to use plastic screens, which is admittedly far easier to scratch than the typical glass display. This is my main concern with the Huawei Mate X. Despite that, it looks incredible, and it has everything a smartphone fanatic could ever ask for.
For example, the Mate X is equipped with a 40 megapixel primary sensor that's backed up with a 16 megapixel ultrawide, an 8 megapixel telephoto, and a TOF camera sensor. It also features 8GB RAM, 512GB of internal storage, and the powerful Octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. When folded out the Mate X features a 8.0" 2200x2480 AMOLED display. When folded in, you get a 6.6 inch display on one side, and on the other, a slightly smaller 6.38 inch display.
Oppo also plans to launch a foldable display
Up next we have Oppo, who are also working on a foldable phone. This phone is earlier in the development process than the Fold and the Mate X. It shouldn’t be too long before it’s pushed to the market, though. The Oppo design is very similar to the Mate X. It folds with the display facing outwards too and even uses a similar bar that houses the camera tech.
We don’t know any details about what’s inside the Oppo foldable phone or even what the name of it is, but the prototype shown off certainly looks close to being finished, if not finished already. Oppo did tease that they have plans to showcase a new smartphone with 10x zoom during a Q2 reveal event, but no details on whether the foldable device will be announced then, too.
Samsung Galaxy Fold has a lot of competition
We wouldn’t be surprised if there were more foldable phones around the corner, but it was Samsung that were first to the party, even if it was just by a few days. The Samsung Galaxy Fold offers a similar product and pricing approach to the Mate X. No UK pricing confirmed yet, but the price in Euros is €2,000, which would be about £1,715.
Whilst cheaper than the Mate X, the Galaxy Fold isn’t anywhere near the budget most people have in mind for a new smartphone. It is exciting to see Samsung take on such a big task, though. I’d hope future options would look more streamlined and a tad cheaper. The Fold works differently by folding the display in on itself. This makes the display bulkier, and it also means another display has to be added on the back to allow for operation once folded. But, it should mean more protection for when it’s folded up. There’s also a notch cut out that has been added to feature the camera sensors, unlike the bar seen on the Huawei Mate X and the Oppo prototype.
The Galaxy Fold also has some crazily impressive specifications. You get 12GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 855, a triple main camera setup, and a dual selfie camera. The main camera uses one 16 megapixel wide camera, one 12 megapixel telephoto, and one 12 megapixel ultrawide. The selfie camera is just a standard 10 megapixel sensor, accompanied by an 8 megapixel depth sensor for better images in portrait mode.
Samsung of course also announced a new Galaxy S10 range
, so make sure to read up on those, too. They are more likely to be within the boundaries of most people’s budgets and are groundbreaking in their own ways too. UK pricing and available for the S10 range has already been confirmed and you can find out more through the link above.
So that’s it; the Mate X, the Galaxy Fold, and a new Oppo prototype. What are your thoughts on this new foldable phone trend? Do you think it’s gimmicky or is it groundbreaking?