MWC 2019: Why foldable smartphone Huawei Mate X — the most technologically advanced gadget in the world right now

The success of the Chinese Huawei in the smartphone market for a long time nobody questioned. Companies have been fast enough to enter the three largest manufacturers of smartphones in the world (last year, Huawei set 206 million smartphones), and that it does not intend to stay, if you are going to soon become the number one. This contributes to great products Huawei: for example, published almost a year ago, P20 Pro is still the smartphone with the best (according to DxOMark) camera — the

recently announced Samsung Galaxy S10 could only be compared with the Chinese system, but not to exceed it.

Serious company and in respect of the notebook market. Thus, in the framework of the MWC 2018 Huawei has presented a mobile computer MateBook X Pro, which was so successful that many observers called it one of the best ultrabooks 2018. At the end of last year, the company has managed to please the announcement of the laptop MateBook 13, which must compete in the updated MacBook Air. The success of notebooks Huawei confirmed by the figures: their deliveries last year grew by 335 %.

During the presentation in Barcelona which was held before the start of the exhibition MWC 2019, Huawei announced the completion of the family laptops to another model — MateBook 14. It will complement the range of laptops the company and its characteristics are close to MateBook 13. The latter, incidentally, can now be ordered in configurations with a touch screen — it also said the head of the consumer division of Huawei, Richard Yu.

Huawei MateBook 14 is equipped with 14-inch (optional touch) IPS screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2. Its resolution is 2160 × 1440 pixels (pixel density equal to 185 ppi), brightness is also not too high — 300 nits (the minimum value is 250 nits). The glossy finish uncontested, so that fans to work on a Sunny beach should think about, whether to buy such a device. Moreover, because the brightness of the screen is small — significantly less than 450 nits of the older models MateBook X Pro. The advantages of the screen include a narrow frame (4.9 mm) through which the screen takes up 90 % of the area of the top of the laptop. This was achieved in particular due to the transfer of the webcam into the keyboard — this trick amused us a year ago, at the time of the release of the first model MateBook X Pro.

Specifications MateBook 14 typical of ultrabooks the end of 2018 – beginning of 2019 This Whiskey Lake Intel: Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U, 8 or 16 GB of memory LPDDR3-2133 MHz, 256 -, or 512-GB SSD. Optional laptop can be equipped with NVIDIA GeForce MX250, which, as we know, is the renamed version of the MX150. Thus, according to Huawei, uses a full version of the GPU with a TDP of 25 watts. The set of ports: one combined USB-C port supports Thunderbolt interface, which is used to connect charger, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port. Unlike the 13-inch model, the larger the laptop also received a full-sized HDMI port.

The thickness of the novelty is small — 15.9 mm and the weight at present is too big: 1,53 kg.-Capacity lithium polymer battery reaches 57,4 W·h, the claimed battery life to 15 hours, so in reality 8-10 hours in a mode of office work, the laptop needs to stretch. MateBook 14 will be available in two color versions: gray and silver.

As expected, MateBook 14 were large and quite comfortable touchpad, but the keyboard was unpleasantly surprised with low tension controls, just like MacBook last years. Nice features include a fingerprint sensor built into the key switch on/off laptop.

At first glance, the Chinese have a very good laptop, but, I think, a bestseller is very unlikely. After all the competitors in this segment very much. For the configuration with the i5 processor, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage Huawei in Europe will ask 1 € 199, while the version with Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD and a touch screen will cost 300 euros more expensive.

During the presentation, Richard Yu spoke about the updated version of the laptop MateBook X Pro. The novelty has received several most significant changes. Thus, the company has updated the logo on the outer lid of your laptop: now instead of the usual icon and the name of the company it flaunts only a large inscription HUAWEI. The most significant change was the transition to Intel processors Whiskey Lake, which were presented at the presentation of Intel last year during the exhibition IFA 2018. Thanks to the new chipset theoretical speed connect to a Wi-Fi network grew by 866 c up to 1733 Mbps. Also increased the bandwidth of the Thunderbolt interface up to 40 Gbps that will be useful when connecting a 4K monitor or external graphics card. Can hardly be considered a major improvement in shift NVIDIA GeForce MX150 MX250 on.

Appeared the possibility to transfer files from Huawei smartphone to the laptop with a single touch. Just need to touch the smartphone to the laptop (right of the touchpad), and the necessary file in seconds will be loaded in the laptop. It is alleged that the transfer speed when it reaches 30 MB/s. technology Works in both directions, that is, it is also possible to transfer files from laptop to phone. To need a smartphone or Huawei Honor with the latest version of the shell EMUI is not below the 9.1 (or Magic UI 2.1 and newer). Another interesting option, familiar to owners of Apple devices is a unified clipboard. It is possible to copy text on your phone and insert it into a document on your laptop or tablet is Huawei.

If you are interested in the laptops of Huawei, I have good news for you. The company promises that the wait for new items on the Russian market now do not have as long as last year. Recall that sales MateBook X Pro began in Russia only in the autumn, i.e. after more than six months after the announcement. But presented in China in November 2018 and is indicated for the rest of the world in January 2019 MateBook 13 days will go on sale in the country, pre-orders start as of today. So, it’s possible, announced in Barcelona the new MateBook will appear in the Russian retail after a couple of months. Let’s hope Huawei will bring to us not only one fixed configuration, as it was with MateBook X Pro model with 16 GB of RAM and a storage of 512 GB to us never arrived.

Of course, the main novelty of the Chinese company at the MWC 2019 does not have the laptops. Thanks to various leaks it was known that Huawei will show in your Spain’s first foldable smartphone. And it was very interesting to see if something to surprise the Chinese manufacturer after the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Looking ahead, I will say that Yes, the device really surprised and impressed many. Obviously, the main novelty of the exhibition MWC 2019 — the likelihood that someone will be able to outdo Huawei, is extremely small.


Foldable smartphone Huawei got the name Mate X. I would like to Start with that Mate X has a fundamentally different implementation than other foldable smartphone — the Galaxy Fold. In contrast, Huawei has a single display and it he screen is not inside and outside. This enabled the Chinese not to use additional screen: when folded back and front part of the screen can work independently. Most importantly, in the unfolded state Mate X is a tablet with a diagonal of 8 inches, and with a very slim frame and without any cut-outs, monopoly or chins, to which we are accustomed.

Above the folding mechanism the company’s specialists worked more than three years. It has been very complex and includes more than 100 different items. To understand the complexity of the implementation, try to fold in half notebook. You will see that the leaves on the outside of the bend is uneven bristle. This happens because the outer and inner curves have a different radius and, respectively, different length. By the way, to solve the problem with the bending so far failed, and those devices that were shown to journalists at a certain angle of view it was possible to distinguish the heterogeneity of the screen in its Central part. In this case, when viewed at right angles, the degradation of images was not evident Perhaps in commercial devices this point will be modified.

Let’s talk numbers. So, as already mentioned, diagonal OLED screen in the unfolded state is 8 inches with a resolution of 2480 × 2200 pixels. When folded, the diagonal is slightly less at 6.6 inches at a resolution of 2480 × 1148 pixels. Back the screen more elongated — 2480 × 892 points with 6.38 inches.

The problem with cameras and cutouts for them Huawei decided in a very simple and even elegant. At the back of the phone there is a noticeable thickening a width of about 10 mm over the whole height of the phone. There was placed in the camera modules. Three of them here: 40 – and 16-MP wide-angle shooting and 8-MP for telephoto. Selfie camera Mate X no — they are simply not needed, so as to make a selfie you can easily to the main camera.

In the unfolded state, the thickness of the smartphone — only 5.4 mm (not counting the addition of the thickening). But even in the folded total thickness of Mate X — only 11 mm! This allows you to carry the device even in jeans pocket — the same Samsung Fold noticeably thicker (not less than 17 mm are the data from the presentation of Huawei, for Samsung website, the figure I is not found). Weighs a lot Mate X — 295 grams. It’s about the same as the iPad 4 weighs. According to head of Huawei due to thickening Mate X easy to hold with one hand in the unfolded state. In principle, it sounds plausible. Surely many of our readers will remember the Lenovo tablets, which possessed a characteristic cylindrical thickening. They were really convenient to use.

Technical specifications of new items close to the characteristics of the latest flagship Huawei — Mate Pro 20. Mate X based on processor Kirin 980, equipped with 8 GB of the RAM and 512 GB flash memory which can be expanded using memory cards of the format NM. The smartphone is equipped with two batteries with a total capacity of 4,500 mA∙h. the fingerprint Scanner in the screen, embed failed, it is located on the end in the power button.

Huawei Mate X supports high-speed charging, and the manufacturer claims the fastest charging in the world. The included 55-watt charger capable of a 30 minute charge the smartphone’s battery by 85 %. The memory itself is quite compact and almost no different from the typical charges for smartphones. It can be used easily to charge and laptops equipped with USB ports.

Another interesting feature Mate X — support standard 5G with modem own development Balong 5000. This modem, like the Kirin processor 980, made for 7-nm process and supports a more modern version 5G SA (StandAlone).

Finally, the most interesting — prices and release date. So, Huawei Mate X needs to go on sale in the middle of this year, the price for the European market — 2 299 euros, which at current exchange rate is 170 892 ruble. The device on the Russian market remains open.

Unfortunately, Huawei did not allow the journalists themselves to try something new in the case: in demo zone of the device was, but only in a few units, besides hidden behind the glass. However, we were lucky enough to take some photos Mate X on the street where we saw a happy Chinese with Mate X in hands (apparently, an employee of Huawei), which allowed us to make some “live” photos of the device. By the way, the smartphone was really working, and it even came with the box, where it was possible to notice the new 55-watt charger.

The high price Mate X should not discourage, since it is the best implementation of a folding smartphone, though not devoid of flaws. The case has finally moved from a dead point, and the mobile industry has given a new vector of development. It is obvious that in the coming years we expect new experiments manufacturers with the formats of mobile devices. It will be fun!

3DNews correspondent Andrey Sozinov happy folding smartphone Huawei Mate X


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