Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bucket Tech: Huawei Mate X - First Impressions


After Samsung dropped their Galaxy Fold during their Unpacked event on the 20th of February, only time would tell when the next major phone manufacturer would launched a competitor to it, but we never thought it would happen in under a weeks time! The very same weekend Huawei dropped their Mate X folding screen device at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. The Chinese manufacturer have always been one of the industries great disruptive with their in your face marketing and calling a spade a spade when comparing their devices to others and it's with this you have to take your hate off to them. They're brave enough to call out the opposition then tell you why their devices are much better than the rest. 


With the Mate X is more of the same, although folding screen technology is extremely new and none of the devices are ready for public purchase, one cannot deny that Huawei's offering looks miles advanced when compared to the Samsung. It's aesthetically pleasing, and the design making better sense than the Samsung with it have a single screen which folds and not 3 like the Galaxy Fold. also the Huawei Mate X is much more slimmer and when unfolded, has a seamless screen. Now while the Huawei may make use of a single screen, I have some concerns, the device folds outwards, meaning when the it's in phone mode, the other half of the screen will rest on the surface. So the quality of glass used must be scratch resistant and pretty hardy to survive impact all round. 


While the device looks great, the features make it even better. The Huawei Mate X has EMUI 9.0 which was born with a minimalist natural design to harmonize technology with humanity. The upgrade enables quality of life and gives you an immersive experience with nature. Huawei say the UI is like nothing you've experience on a smart device and if you're going to have a special phone, might as well have a special user interface to go along with it. The Mate X is also 5G, making use of the Huawei Balong 5000 chipset, the worlds first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset which has the industries leading 5G download speed. The dual sim port has support for 2G / 3G / 4G and 5G so no matter what sim you have the Mate X will handle it. The camera on the device was made by Leica and has a single file compact layout which is situated on the handle bar of the phone. It has a host of features with wide and ultra wide lenses and also allows mirror shooting for the best quality selfies. The handle bar negates the reason to have multiple cameras on the back and front, a real smart move by Huawei. 


Security wise, the Mate X has super fast fingerprint reading technology, not sure if it has facial recognition but we presume it does. The battery is split into two, with a combined power output of 4,500mAh and has the world's fastest 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology so you can charge the phone from 0 to 85% in just 30 minutes! Overall the device looks great but as I said about the Galaxy Fold. Its of a tablet that folds into something small enough for you to carry in your pocket. While the features are great and the device looks pretty stylish I just don't see the need for this sort of device at the moment. No doubt its going to be pretty pricey when it hits our shores as well. 




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