This year’s MWC in Barcelona was going to be a really exciting one and boy did we get excited. The smart foldable as I like to refer to these new breed of mobile phones were on full display as was 5G.
The giants in the mobile phones business are finally going for it, diving in head first into the deep blue unknown in a bid to win the rights to determine who would lead this new innovation eventually fingerprinting the designs and tech that the rest of the world would follow.
Making the first splash into this new innovation was the Royale Co operation that made the Flexpie. I covered this in my article But the race is now on to see who would be the titan that determines how future smart foldable phones would looks and feel.
First with Samsung unavailing its Galaxy fold rolling out in April and costing $1900+, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone comprises of two screens; A smaller screen on the outside and a larger screen on the inside that when unfolded emerges into a huge 7.3-inch like a tablet screen. Its design allows for you to unfold the phone from the centre just like the flexpie from last year. In total it boasts of six cameras in total. With three on the back, two inside and one at the front.
The overall look of the phone when folded reminds me of the LG BL40 chocolate i used to own a few years ago with its long cylindrical look almost like a remote control.
The Galaxy fold will come in four colours which to me the names sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. Samsung announced them as cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue with the option to personalise the colour of your phone hinge which i think is just unnecessary cost to a device that will be the second most expensive mobile phone on the market come April 26th 2019 when it becomes available in stores.
Display wise, Samsung includes three apps multitasking where you have the ability to work on three displays screens at the same time when in tablet mode with not a single lag. Samsung highlighted this during the unavailing and it seemed to be one of the high points during the presentation and people cheered on.
If you would recall Samsung galaxy S10 came with a third option for 5G. Undoubtedly would be in competition with LG v50 thin. Unfortunately 5G was and will not be included in the Galaxy fold.
Next came Huawei and I must say they did not miss a beat and they gave us the Huawei Mate X and the surprise was that we were not told they would be incorporating the 5G option into the device, practically gaining an edge over Samsung in my opinion. Well played Huawei. Huawei claims that 5G has the potential to provide download speed of 4 times that of a 4G. In practically sense that mean you would be able to download a Gigabyte in three seconds. Happy days! for all you lovers of streaming and downloading content online.
Reviewers at the MWC lucky enough to have hands on review for the most part have been very impressed with the galaxy fold and Huawei mate x, leaving the rest of us reeling with desire to feel and have a go at the devices.
Although the price tags are ridiculously steep in my opinion, others outside of the manufacturers feel it is worth the it. As Jessica Dolcourt of CNET described it in her article yesterday.
My thoughts like many others is that this device would probably be mostly used closed and opened up in full when needed for more practical use like expanding your view.
When folded the Mate X has a 6.6 inch front screen. it is worth noting that one side of the phone is shorter than the other side compared to the Galaxy fold that has two equal screens on both sides. The 6.4 inch display sits at the back of the phone that is if you prefer to call it the back of the phone as users/owners would probably have to decide what side would be designated the back screen or front screen based either user preference or manufacturer choice i guess. The reason for the smaller screen at the back is because the side panel hold the four camera inside the device.
In total the Mate X boast of an 8 inch edge to edge display and you can clearly see there is no notch which gives you a near perfect wide screen all around.
It is also good to mention that in tablet mode the Huawei mate X has something of a bulge that they simply call falcon wing design. This allows for usability where you can hold the phone on one hand whilst having your other hand free to type with. Then when you fold the phone back it sits right into the handle giving it that flush look again.
The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button with two batteries, one on each side of the phone that is capable of charging from low to eighty percent in around thirty minutes.
Butter finger users would be happy to know that Huawei has made a case that would cover the sides and back of the phone whilst in its folded form and would still leave the main screen open for easy access.
Although this is still unproven territory I’m delighted that similarities between Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are minimal so far. Hopefully we would get to see other more brazing challenging designs coming out of the woods works as the year progresses.
Other phones at the event included the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Sony xperia one, LG v50 thin and the Nokia 9. Check them out.
Cough cough Apple will you be making a foldable phone anytime soon? I wonder. All you Apple fans what are your thoughts?