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Tablet or smartphone? Huawei lets you switch between each

Mar 02. 2019
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By Somluck Srimalee
The Nation WEEKEND
Barcelona, Spain

OPTIMISTIC that its 5G technology will soon replace 4G in much of the world, China-based Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) showed off its latest related products at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona this past week.

Highlight of the new-product launch at MWC 2019 was the Huawei Mate X, the fastest 5G foldable phone. The company claims it will redefine smartphone design with its foldable form.

Reflecting the innovative DNA of the company’s Mate Series, the Mate X features a falcon-wing mechanical hinge, 7nm multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, a high-capacity 4500 mAh battery supporting the world’s fastest 55 W charger and a new “interstellar blue” finish.

When folded, the device becomes a huge display smartphone with a 6.6-inch screen, and when opened it turns into a merely 5.4mm thick tablet with an 8-inch screen. Company marketers predict the new multi-form factor will revolutionise both productivity and entertainment experiences on a mobile device.

Richard Yu, chief executive officer of Huawei CBG, said the Mate X’s revolutionary form factor was achieved through Huawei’s relentless R&D efforts. It represents a voyage into the uncharted, he pitched. As a new breed of smartphones, Mate X combines 5G, a foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience. The model will be the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G “smart living”.

Full-view display

The 6.6-inch dual display panel of Mate X offers a true “full view” display. Images are displayed with great clarity and detail, and the panel itself is safe, durable and features outstanding cooling performance.

As light as it is appealing, the foldable smartphone comes in a new interstellar blue that epitomises the beauty of technology and sets a higher bar for future smartphones.

With an exemplary design that blends style with technology, the falcon wing mechanical hinge supports movement, balancing between the overall aesthetics and technology. When unfolded, the screen is a perfectly flat surface, and when folded, the two halves of the screen fit snugly to the frame. The two modes – smartphone and tablet – transition seamlessly from one to another.

According to the company, the Huawei Mate X offers a multi-form factor that unlocks a new page in the 5G interfacing era, reinventing productivity and entertainment. The innovative flexible OLED foldable full-view display, unique falcon-wing mechanical hinge and the industry’s best 5G modem chipset Balong 5000 combine to deliver a new mode of interfacing, in which the large-screen experience and portability co-exist in harmony.

The price of the Huawei Mate X is 2,299 euros (Bt82,826).

Next up are notebooks, including an updated Huawei MateBook X Pro, new mainstream PC notebooks MateBook 13 and MateBook 14, as well as the 5G CPE Pro. 

Other technological breakthroughs are also coming soon to match 5G technology, Yu said.

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