Battle of Foldable Phone: Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold

2019 was the year when the first foldable phone was announced. Samsung launched the first model with the Galaxy Fold, and now there is a new foldable phone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip available now. Huawei announced the Mate X in early 2019, but now Mate X was discontinued and only the second generation and optimized Huawei Mate Xs is available for sale. The Motorola Razr also joins the product range to compete. If you plan to get the foldable phones, you’d better prepare 3000USD or more on the table. The foldable phones are at high price range now.

Since the Huawei Mate Xs and Samsung Galaxy Fold are the the top two models, we will compare the two foldable phones to see which is better on design and performance. Hope this will give some advice to the potential buyers.


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Fold Huawei Mate X
Display size, resolution 4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels); 6.38-inch (2,480×892); 8-inch OLED (2,480×2,200)
Mobile software Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI No Android on the Chinese model
Camera 12-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto 40-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel telephoto
Front-facing camera Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth Same as above
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Kirin 980 processor
Storage 512GB 512GB
Expandable storage No No
Battery 4,380 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Power button Power button
Connector USB-C USB-C
Special features Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging, 5G in select countries Foldable display, fast charging, 5G
Price off-contract (USD) $1,980, £1,900, converts to AU$2,800 16,999 yuan, converts to $2,400, £1,830 or AU$3,546


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Design and Feel

The fact that Samsung grabs the display on the inside and is glass on the outside makes the Galaxy Fold appearing more valuable in the hand. In addition, the Galaxy Fold is more compact when folded and is also more comfortable to hold when opened (but both are almost the same weight). Since the display size is enough for me, we find the feel of Samsung better.

The folding mechanism on both models is good, although we have to say that it works a bit “lighter” with the Galaxy Fold. With the Huawei Mate Xs you have to exert some pressure to open and close the display. You could also operate the fold with one hand.

The workmanship is good on both devices, the keys have good pressure points and nothing wobbles. But since the Galaxy Fold is easy to use and more comfortable to hold, the point goes to Samsung


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Display

The quality of the two displays is great in both cases. Both have built very solid OLED panels, but missing the current standard at 90 or 120 Hz. But the colors are good; they are both bright and have very good viewing angles. In that regard, I would give both a point.


But this is exactly where the difference comes: The display from Huawei Mate Xs is on the outside and that from Samsung on the inside. There you can argue whether this is a good idea with the Mate Xs, because plastic displays scratch faster, but this difference is even more noticeable.

When folded, the Huawei Mate Xs is a much too big, thick and heavy smartphone. The small external display of the Galaxy Fold is too small for almost everything.

Considering this, we will give the point to the Huawei Mate Xs, even if we never expect to put such a expensive display on the outside if we wanted to use my smartphone for many years.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Software

Actually, we would have thought that this point goes very clearly to Samsung, since the Huawei Mate Xs comes without Google apps. But there are two things that should be mentioned here and where we have to criticize.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has only had Android 10 this week. This is not necessarily acceptable for a model for 3000USD after this time.


The Samsung Galaxy Fold is recognized by apps as a normal smartphone. So the apps are often just stretched out. However, the Huawei Mate Xs is recognized as a tablet, which means that many apps are available when opened with a special tablet view.

For many users, if without Google apps, you can’t do many things such as Email, banking app or Google apps.

By the way, one thing must to be mentioned: The performance of the Huawei Mate Xs was really not good for some third-party apps. I compared that to the Huawei P40 Pro, which has similar hardware (Kirin 990) – no problems.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Camera

In this category – roughly speaking – the hardware from 2019 will compete against each other. Means: A mixture of Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro competes against the Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung has not installed a bad camera, but it’s clear that Huawei was ahead in 2019.

In addition, with the Huawei approach, the main camera can also be conveniently used as a front camera. Samsung is only superior to Huawei in the videos, but since photos are more important to many users, this point goes to the Huawei Mate Xs.




Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price

If we consider the prices of both models, then you have to put in almost 2500 USD for a Samsung Galaxy Fold and almost 3000 USD for a Huawei Mate Xs. That’s a lot, no question at all, because the development was expensive.

You can get the Galaxy Fold every now at lower price, but it is also older. But the price difference of almost 700USD is quite large, so this point goes to Samsung.



Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: other features

The fingerprint sensor is located on both sides and is fast, both are available with 5G, both are not IP-certified due to the design and it was difficult for me to find a unique selling point that makes one of the models stand out. But then we found a standard feature.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has stereo speakers on the side. So if you turn the device while watching a video, you have the sound from the left and right and honestly: It is great for media consumption.

Stereo speakers are a standard feature for smartphones that cost over 1000USD in these days. So the point goes to the fold.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Conclusion

When opened, they are great fun reading and consuming things. As of today, you will consider one more time to buy a foldable for 2500USD or more, but if the models are now more stable, lighter and thinner and have all the features of the normal flagships, you can imagine it.

Actually, we also tried the Galaxy Z Flip, we have to say: this category (Fold and Mate Xs) from Foldables will be better because it brings more display space.

For a successor we would only wish that the outside display is bigger and Android better adapted and the notch on the inside can be replaced with a hole like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note10+ or Galaxy S20.

It’s a pity that Huawei will have a tough time against Samsung without the Google apps in this very special category. Otherwise it could have been an exciting duel between the two giants.

Huawei Mate X 5G Hand On

As early as February 2019, Huawei has released the first folding smartphone – Huawei Mate X. The global market launch continues to be delayed. The news shows Huawei Mate X would be available in China at the end of 2019. Luckily, we have the opportunity to get the Huawei Mate X in hand and you will read the details in this post.

If you didn’t know this phone, the Huawei Mate X is not immediately recognizable as a folding smartphone. Rather, the stately size in the closed state catches the eye. The Mate X is relatively wide so the people with big hands would hold it in one hand easily.

The workmanship is very good, but the device does not feel as high-quality as the other premium smartphones due to the flexible plastic-protected display.

The Huawei Mate X is relatively flat even when closed, it is then really thin when opened. Nevertheless, it is stable and the display back is quite high quality.

To open the display, a button on the back is pressed. It is slightly below the three cameras. The button has a good pressure point and “kicks” the display slightly outwards, you then have to unfold it yourself.


Folding feels a bit stiff at first, but this makes the device very stable. The mechanism leaves the impression that it can withstand many folding operations.

The display itself is very nice. It is very bright if desired, colors are AMOLED typical gaudy and the resolution is sufficiently high. In the unfolded status, only a very weak “fold” in the display cover is visible, which is more pronounced in competition model Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G.

The Huawei Mate X will be sold as a 5G smartphone. At the first speed tests in Sunrise’s 5G network , the device reached speeds of around 1 GBit/s in the downlink and up to 150 MBit/s in the uplink at the trade fair stand. A HiSilicon Balong 5000 5G modem developed by Huawei, is used.


The other 4G, 3G and 2G mobile technologies are handled by the Kirin 990 SoC, which is also used in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. Originally the Mate X should still come with the predecessor chipset Kirin 980 on the market.

Incidentally, Google apps were not installed on the test device on display, which is probably one of the reasons why Huawei has not provided any further information on a possible launch in Europe.  Perhaps due to the limit policy from Google, some other Huawei 5G smartphones also don’t have Google apps or service. We would take further test once we get this phone.


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Huawei Unveiled New Products at MWC 2019

At the World Mobile Congress 2019 in Barcelona, ​​HUAWEI unveiled a number of new products, including the updated flagship laptop HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, new laptops of HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14, folding 5G-smartphone HUAWEI Mate X, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi and Huawei 5G CPE Pro based on the first serial multi-mode chipset Balong 5000.


Flagship laptop HUAWEI MateBook X Pro



At MWC 2018, HUAWEI unveiled the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, the first laptop with a FullView screen. Today at the MWC 2019, HUAWEI presents the new improved HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. It has all the characteristics of the flagship: modern design, innovation and smart technology, high performance and versatile communications that raise the bar for the flagship laptop to a new height.


HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is equipped with a 13.9-inch FullView screen with a resolution of 3K Ultra and a 91% ratio of screen area and laptop case. In addition, the touch layer with the recognition of 10 simultaneous touches and the world’s first technology screenshots finger gestures provide users with a new, intuitive way to interact with your computer.

High performance HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is provided by an 8th generation Intel® Core ™ i7-8565 processor, a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The laptop is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity modules, Thunderbolt ™ 3 high-speed port and Dolby Atmos audio system with surround sound technology.

Smart connections and cross-platform interactions between devices are the mainstream universal user experience. The new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro supports HUAWEI Share 3.0 technology with OneHop function, which not only provides a quick exchange of photos and videos between laptops and smartphones, but also recognizes characters in images, transforming them into text. Screen recording has become as simple as ever. It is enough to shake the smartphone, and on the computer screen print HUAWEI PC Share, so that the image from the laptop screen starts to be transmitted to the mobile device. HUAWEI has also developed the unique Clipboard Sharing feature that allows you to copy content on one device and paste it on another one nearby. Thus, both devices can work with one synchronized memory buffer.


 HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14



HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 laptops make advanced technologies accessible to middle-income users. They combine all the qualities of a new generation of products: FullView screens, high performance, mobility, high workmanship and modern design. The devices also offer users the latest smart communication tools between their computer and mobile devices.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 has all the main features of the MateBook series: FullView screen, high workmanship, sophisticated design, and good performance.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 are equipped with FullView screens with a convenient 3: 2 aspect ratio, thin frames and a touch layer that recognizes up to 10 simultaneous touches. Both laptops support new handy features, such as a screenshot with finger gestures that highlight the user’s personality.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 is equipped with high-performance components: Intel® Core ™ i7-8565U 8th generation processor and a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 video card, but it does not heat up due to an efficient cooling system with special design coolers. A battery with a capacity of 57.4 W * h and energy-saving software features HUAWEI provide long battery life.

HUAWEI MateBook 13, in turn, is improving standards in screen, performance, and cross-platform connectivity among 13-inch mid-price laptops. It is also equipped with an 8th generation Intel® Core ™ i7-8565U processor, a NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 GPU discrete graphics card, and a cooling system based on HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans 2.0 coolers, which, even under heavy loads, efficiently removes heat and still work silently.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with a FullView screen with a 3: 2 aspect ratio and a 88% screen-to-area ratio, and also with a touch layer that recognizes up to 10 simultaneous touches.

To enhance the capabilities of HUAWEI computers, developers have proposed smart means of interacting with mobile devices: HUAWEI Share 3.0 technology, which, thanks to the OneHop and Clipboard Sharing features, provides smart, fast and simple, cross-platform interaction between laptops and smartphones. Other features include finger gestures screenshot, power button with integrated fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos ®technology. All of them are for those who need instant connection and universal interaction of all devices, including laptops and smartphones.


HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro brings 5G to smart homes



Balong 5000 supports a range of 5G devices, including 5G smartphones, home broadband devices, car systems and 5G modules. Thus, it provides users with 5G communication in a variety of situations.

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro Router, equipped with the Balong 5000 chipset, supports 4G and 5G connections and sets new standards for wireless modems. For example, a 1 GB video clip can be downloaded in just three seconds, and 8K video is broadcast continuously, without any delay. The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro modem can be used for super-speed broadband access not only in homes, but also in the offices of companies.


Using the new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro modem provides data rates of up to 4.8 Gbps. In addition, it is the world’s smallest consumer telecommunications device (CPE) and the world’s first 5G CPE device that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols and translates smart homes into a 5G era.

In the coming 5G era, HUAWEI has the leading position and capabilities to implement its universal strategy. Now HUAWEI is the only manufacturer of the full range of 5G products, including chipsets, Edge-class networks and cloud services. Huawei intends to expand the capabilities of 5G communication in order to provide users with all the benefits of a truly universal “smart” life.


Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone Will Be Presented at MWC2019

A couple of days ago, Samsung presented its world’s foldable smartphone named Galaxy Fold, which soon attracts the focus. After the bezel-less display design, there is a high chance that foldable phone is going to be the next significant trend in the smartphone world. Previously, there was a report suggesting that many brands are now in the development phase for their first ever foldable device. Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone supplier, will release its first foldable phone and named it Huawei Mate X, which was leaked by the banner for Huawei show at MWC2019.

Huawei Mate X Specs and Features

Per the leaked information, we can see the Huawei Mate X specs includes two 5.9-inch IPS LCD screens with the resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Moreover, the Huawei device also opens up like a book and lets you use it on both tablet mode and smartphone mode. Additionally, the Huawei flagship comes with a notch on the display and metal back panel.

As per the concept, Huawei Mate X phone will sport two separate displays. One of the screens will measure 5-inches, while the other will be 8-inches in size both of which will be supporting HDR 10. When folded, we will get to use the 5-inch display, which otherwise looks like any other smartphone. But when unfolded the screen size goes to 8-inches featuring a 4K display and will be perfect as a tablet.

On the other hand, there is also another idea developed but in the laptop mode with a 120-degree fold. If a smartphone is designed in this way, it can be literally used as a regular laptop. And with half of the fold, the Huawei foldable phone can be used as a fully functional keyboard, while the rest will be used as a display. In addition, the device’s user interface will also be changed like the desktop UI, so that it can give laptop-like experience to the users. Apart from this, the device will get a sleek design that combines both metal and glass of approximately 7.5-inch total thickness. Moreover, the device will also feature IP68 water and dust resistant.


Huawei Mate X is based on Hisilicon Kirin 980 chipset and offer 6GB RAM and 512GB ROM for storage. Huawei Mate X camera expects to get a dual: 12 MP (f/1.6) +20 MP (f/1.6) rear snapper. Other features should include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. On the front, there is also an 8MP selfie shooter. In term of the battery, this Huawei phone rocks a non-removable Li-Po 4000mAh battery. Lastly, Huawei Mate X is going to run on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 9.0 on top.


Huawei Mate X Release Date and Price

According to our information, Huawei Mate X would be open for sale in the first quarter of 2019. Regarding the price, we suppose the Mate X foldable phone would refer to Samsung Galaxy Fold and would not be cheap at the beginning. Samsung offer the Galaxy Fold at 1980$, we suppose the Mate X price would be around 1500$ or more.