How the tech industry reacted to Huawei’s foldable phone

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The Mate X's display can fold back on itself to become a 6.6-inch display, slightly bigger than the screen on the foldable phone which Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone seller, unveiled on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd last week unveiled its own folding smartphone, priced at almost $2,000, in a bid to top the technology of Apple Inc and Chinese rivals and reignite consumer interest amid slumping sales.

Device makers are looking to folding screens as the industry's next big thing to help them break out of an innovation malaise, although most analysts think the market is limited, at least in the early days.

The Mate X offers a front-facing 5.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2480 x 1148 and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The near future of foldable phones seems to be expensive as the Huawei Mate X will start at €2,299 (about $2,600) with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in comparison to Samsung's Galaxy Fold which also has a hefty price tag of $1,980. At MWC 2019, the Huawei Mate X shows how serious the bendy screen movement really is.

Samsung, meanwhile, said that the new phones and wearable devices like the Bluetooth-connected Galaxy Buds that fit into a person's ears will be shown on electronic billboards in New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Moscow.

Thus, all components required to power the device sit in the sidebar (that you can see raised on the back when Mate X is opened up) and this includes the processor, cameras, 5G antennas, and a lot more. That translates to overall download rates in excess of 4 Gbps, a figure that Huawei says is more than twice the top speed of Qualcomm's current 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50.

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It runs on Alphabet-owned Google's Android operating system.

But Huawei's products are few and far between in the U.S. The scarcity stems from long-running security concerns that the company could facilitate digital espionage on behalf of China's government.

"The fact that Huawei is not just a network equipment provider but also a smartphone manufacturer. gives them a competitive advantage for 5G".

Other features are an in screen fingerprint reader, three cameras, wireless charging for itself and other devices. Research firm Gartner estimates it now sells about 13 percent of its phones in Europe. "The barriers in the US are just getting more hard".

"For Huawei to get close to Samsung's volumes this year, the company has to succeed the launch of its new P30 smartphone flagship device at the end of March, and to make sure it will create a brand halo effect on its entire phone portfolio".

The keynote has now been made and it has been confirmed that the phone will cost 2299-Euros so around £2000 with a launch date in the middle of the year.

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