The Philippine office of Chinese tech giant Huawei brought two units of its highly touted Mate X to the country to allow members of the local tech media to personally check out the 5G foldable phone.
While giving no assurances, Huawei executives said the smartphone might be launched globally by middle of 2019. The officials pointed out that although the Mate X is 5G-capable, it is backwards-compatible with 4G or 3G networks.
Although it is expected to have its global launch by middle of this year, Huawei said it is not sure if it will be even launched in the Philippines. What is quite definite now is the price of the unit at the time of its global launch, which is $2,600 or about P138,000.
Unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, the Huawei Mate X features the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, 7nm multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, a high-capacity 4500mAh battery supporting the world’s fastest 55W Huawei SuperCharge, and the brand new Interstellar Blue finish.
When folded, the device is a huge display smartphone with a 6.6-inch screen, and when opened, it turns into a slim tablet with an 8-inch screen.
Inside the smartphone’s slim body is the latest Leica cameras, supporting the most advanced imaging features to date. The foldable design makes it possible for the camera system to play the role of both front and rear cameras. When folded, the Huawei Mate X shows a view finder on both sides, so even the subjects in the frame can contribute to the creative process.
Moreover, the Huawei Mate X comes with an integrated Fingerprint Power Button that enables users to power up the device with one tap, offering a secure and convenient experience.