- Huawei on Sunday announced a foldable smartphone called the Mate X, which will cost $2,600 when it launches.
- The announcement comes days after Samsung unveiled its own foldable smartphone, and there are some key differences between the two.
It’s only February, but it looks like smartphone makers have already established this year’s biggest trend.
While 2017 was all about introducing phones with nearly borderless, edge-to-edge screens, and 2018 was about refining that design, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the foldable smartphone.
Samsung unveiled its first foldable smartphone, the appropriately named Galaxy Fold, during an event last week alongside the company’s new Galaxy S10 lineup. Just days later, the Chinese phone giant Huawei debuted its own bendable smartphone, the Mate X, to kick off Mobile World Congress on Sunday. Both devices effectively double as phones and tablets, functioning as a phone when closed and a tablet when unfolded.
Although the two devices might sound similar in concept, there are some noteworthy differences between the two. Here’s a look at how they compare based on what’s been announced so far.
Huawei’s phone has a wraparound display.
The most noticeable discrepancy between these two devices is in the way that their screens fold.
The screen on Huawei’s Mate X wraps around the device, resulting in a paper-like crease down the center that’s barely visible when the device is open.
Samsung’s phone opens like a book.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold features a hinge that gives it a clamshell form factor. When unfolded, it opens up like a book to reveal a larger tablet screen on the inside of the device.
Huawei’s device features a larger screen than Samsung’s in both phone and tablet mode.
The Huawei Mate X includes a 6.6-inch screen on the front of the device and a 6.38-inch display on the back of the phone when folded. When unfolded, these displays combine to form an 8-inch tablet display.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, by comparison, has a 4.6-inch phone screen and a 7.3-inch tablet screen.
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