The Huawei launch drew in some big crowds to see the new foldable phone that is set to rival the new Samsung foldable, tablet-like phone. One of the major differences is the price tag. The Huawei phone is set to launch at $2500+ for the entry level model. To some, the price tag for the new 5-G enabled phone is too high however the feature list and the unique foldable design do offer some advantages over the Samsung foldable phone.
The Chinese phone maker launched its new, foldable device on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, a huge gathering of the mobile industry in Barcelona. The Mate X is set to compete with Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy Fold, which is priced at about $2000 before taxes. This is around $500-600 cheaper than the Mate X pricing that has been suggested.
The comparisons between the Samsung folding phone and the new Huawei foldable phone don’t stop at just the price however. Huawei made sure to highlight the foldable phone’s 5G connectivity, a technology at the center of its quest for global dominance in the smartphone market. Samsung will offer a version with 4G and a version with 5G that of course will come with different price tags.
Huawei’s phone folds out to a larger 8″ screen compared to the 7.3″ screen in Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Additionally, when in phone mode, Huawei’s device sits in around 6.6 inches compared to the smaller 4.6 inches screen on the Samsung model. The Huawei phone is also only 11 mm thick compared to the thicker 17mm Galaxy fold so if you are someone that prefers a slimmer device to put in your jeans pocket then the Huawei may be a better choice for you in this department. Even though phone manufacturers have started to roll our foldable phones with a bang, many analysts remain skeptical about whether or not these devices will become a hot item among consumers.
“No matter how innovative and technology advanced the new device is, it will take a lot more time for a critical mass of consumers to experience the benefits of foldable phones and 5G technology,” said Thomas Husson, an analyst at Forrester.
Despite the critics, both Samsung and Huawei are convinced that foldable phones that act much like tablets will catch on and become in high-demand as the consumer base evolves in the wireless phone market.
Huawei did not make the new phones available for analysts and journalists were only allowed to peer at the devices through glass walls, which were closely watched by security guards. Samsung said it expects to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26. Huawei didn’t give a date yet. Hopefully we will be able to get both phones in our Ottawa wireless shop soon so that you can come in and check them out first hand and compare to see if this is the perfect upgrade for your next smart phone… or tablet… or both as the foldable phones give you the best of both worlds.
We’ll keep you posted once we have our Samsung versions in the Spring and hopefully the Huawei MateX will be arriving shortly after.