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Battle of the Foldable Phones: Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X

The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X have revolutionary foldable designs – but which is better?

Foldable smartphones have moved from fascinating prototypes to full-fledged, market-ready devices. Samsung and Huawei are emerging as the two pioneers of the technology, as the rest of the world watches to see how the designs (and ensuing price tags) are received by the public.

Last month, Samsung finally revealed the Samsung Galaxy Fold at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona, after initially hinting at its innovative foldable phone in November at a Samsung developer conference. It features a 7.3-inch folding display, with a smaller 4.58-inch display for use when closed.

The phone may be launched in the U.S. on April 28th through AT & T and T-Mobile.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is continuing their challenge of smartphone heavyweights like Samsung, unveiling a genuine competitor in their Mate X – an ultra-luxury 5G phone that also boasts a foldable screen. Introduced at MWC in Barcelona last month, this smartphone has a flexible OLED display that unfolds outwards to become an 8″-inch tablet screen, larger than the Galaxy Fold.

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Both phones unfold into tablet-sized screens and are 5G compatible. Since the two devices are in direct competition, it’s worth comparing both models based on the available information to see which could be the most impressive for consumers and possibly predict which of the two models will be most sought after.

Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X

Folding Screens

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold unfolds like a book, with its screen on the inside protected by an outer cover, with the outer cover featuring a display. Some criticism of the Samsung Galaxy design has been that it doesn’t close flat, there is a small gap that remains when it is closed. On the other hand, Huawei’s Mate X has a screen hugging the frame allowing users to view it even when it’s closed. Mr Richard Yu, CEO of the company’s consumer business group said Huawei engineers have spent three years working on the patented hinge design, which doesn’t leave a gap when shut. You might need to see demonstrations of each model to work it all out and clear up any confusion.

Galaxy Fold screens

  • 6.4-inch exterior
  • 7.3-inch interior screen

Huawei Mate X screens

  • 8-inch OLED display
  • In the “closed” position, the front screen is 6.6 inches, and the rear screen is 6.38 inches.
  • Lit-up screen switches when you turn the phone.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy Fold features a high-powered, next-generation AP chipset, a massive 512GB storage and 12GB RAM for PC-like performance. It has two 3,100mAh batteries, making it capable of charging itself and another device simultaneously.

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Mate X is powered by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled Kirin 980 processor. It also has 512GB storage but operates on 8GB RAM. The Mate X comes with a 4,500mAh dual battery with a new superfast charging capability that claims to reach 85 percent in just half an hour.

The Mate X will come only in 5G configuration, while Samsung will have both 4G and 5G configurations.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy Fold has six cameras: Two on the front, one on the cover, and three on the back – a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, 16-MP ultra-wide lens, and 12-MP telephoto lens. When folded, a 10-MP selfie camera points at the user. Open the phone, and there are two more lenses – a 10-MP selfie camera and an 8-MP depth sensor. Inside cameras are housed in a notch, dipped in the right of the Fold’s Infinity Flex display. 

Mate X keeps things less complicated. Teasers suggested the phone features three cameras – a 40-MP wide angle lens, 16-MP ultra-wide angle shooter and 8MP telephoto lens. However, Huawei confirmed there are four cameras. And unlike the Galaxy Fold, all camera lenses in the Mate X are available all the time due to their positioning in the sidebar, regardless of the phone’s orientation.

Price and availability

The Galaxy Fold is expected to be released on April 26 with a starting price of $1,980, with the 5G phone costing even more. The Mate X is likely to be launched in June, and the only information about pricing is that it will start at €2,299.

The Best Foldable Phone

At first glance, the Huawei Mate X appears to have winning hardware features over the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Both devices come with a large screen, a second display on the back when unfolded, long battery life and no gap between the screens when folded.

Samsung Galaxy Fold touts more polished software, as revealed by the demos watched from afar. However, a lot more features of both devices are yet to be seen. From what we currently know, we can say the Galaxy Fold may win over the Mate X. It should be more readily available, have slightly better features, and could be cheaper.

The real test will be after the release date when the phones are in the hands of consumers – which for lovers of new technology can’t come soon enough.

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