Currently in a look but don’t touch state, the Huawei Mate X is the latest tech craze blazing across the internet. A new competitor in the foldable phone revolution, let’s take a deeper look at what the Mate X is, how it works and if I see it catching on.
What is it?
The Huawei Mate X is the latest phone-tablet-hybrid from Samsung. The neat part is that it folds in half, almost morphing into two devices: the phone form and the tablet form. Recently seen at MWC in Barcelona, the Huawei Mate X has only been visually demoed at this point. Reporters and the public are patiently waiting for more time with the device, but at this point it seems to be more of a proof of concept than an actual device used in production.
The device works via a hinge mechanism that allows for the folding motion. Currently, the device can only fold one way. As you might guess, bending the phone the wrong way snaps the hinge and you go from a two in one device to a single broken one. Aside from lacking in the durability department, the phone (is it even safe to call this device a phone?) does offer a beautiful 4K screen display.
One important note I should probably mention – the phone has a current price tag of $2600. This begs the question, at that price, why not just buy a top of the line smart phone and a tablet instead?
Perhaps in a few years when these devices are more mainstream and advanced we will see a drop in price making this purchase a bit more justified. Until then, I am going to sit this one out.
What’s your opinion?
Don’t get me wrong, I freaking love the direction technology is heading. I am a big proponent to minimizing the number of devices we have to carry around. However, like I said above, I don’t think the price justifies being on the cutting edge of technology. I (along with 99% of the world) am perfectly fine wielding two devices at this point in time. That all being said, I do think that the Mate X is the current front runner in the foldable phone race. It has a lot of the qualities we hope to see in the next generation of devices. However, even though the innovation is quite admirable, the race to have a cheap and efficient foldable phone for production is still a ways out. Until that happens, I’ll be patiently waiting.