Anyone who was still hopeful for the next generation of devices with flexible displays might have come across rumours making rounds that Huawei had decided to delay the release of their own foldable phone; the Mate X.
This had turned out to be a bummer considering Samsung’s very similar decision to call back all review units of the Galaxy Fold from tech journalists and postpone its release indefinitely. But with the latest news, we can now rest easy knowing that we will soon be seeing Huawei’s Mate X as it is reported that insiders from the company have allegedly confirmed its release set for June.
This news came through a publication from Chinese Phoenix Network Technology claiming that the earlier speculation was false news and every plan by the Asian smartphone maker is going on swiftly as before.
The Huawei Mate X might not have been the first foldable device announced but it definitely made its name at the MWC in Barcelona, three months ago, when it showcased a totally different form factor from what their rival, Samsung had revealed just days earlier. The display folds outwards, its hinge is different and had even brought a sense of hope in terms of durability, unlike the concerns people had on the Galaxy Fold.
Interestingly, Huawei reported that they tried Samsung’s concept with the Galaxy Fold but that design did not make any sense to them. However, with Huawei’s major crisis still out in the air and with everyone still not sure of what the company’s destiny will turn out to be, it is really surprising to even hear that the Mate X is still underway with the company already showing off tests on its 5G capabilities.
The Mate X, being the first device confirmed by Huawei to house a 5G modem even though the Mate 20 X beat it to the punch in a couple of markets, has been shown by Chinese, doesn’t pack a 5G chip from Qualcomm.
Instead, its connectivity is powered by the company’s own Balong 5000 modem to pull off this milestone. Images of the speed test were shared online by Huawei’s head of smartphone division (GizmoChina reports), He Gang.
From the image, the Mate X 5G reached download speeds of 1Gbps on 5G, with upload speeds maxing out at almost 100Mbps. The results are at par with what’s available from competing devices on existing 5G networks and we’ve seen similar 5G tests for the Galaxy S10 5G and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
Despite all this domination that Mate X promises to bring with this new form factor, it will still be interesting to see what Samsung eventually brings to the table after re-working on their own foldable phone. We will, however, have to wait a few months for that.