Mate X launch tomorrow as Huawei set to rival Samsung Galaxy Fold

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Huawei may be about to launch a rival to Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold.

The Chinese firm has a major event scheduled for tomorrow at MWC in Barcelona and it seems a bendable device called the Mate X could be about to be revealed.

It was already thought that Huawei would unveil a foldable smartphone in the first part of the year but a leaked image may have shed more light on what’s planned.

The photo, posted on Twitter, claims to show some billboards with the new Mate X in full view.

Like the Galaxy Fold, it seems the Mate X will be capable of bending in half which will transform it from a smartphone into a full-sized tablet.

Little else is currently know about the Mate X but it could have one big advantage over the Galaxy Fold as it’s thought this new phone/tablet will be 5G enabled.

This will allow it to access superfast download speeds when 5G starts becoming available later this year.

We’ll find out full details tomorrow when Huawei officially reveals all at its Barcelona keynote but this new foldable technology looks set to be the talking point of 2019.

Samsung revealed its Galaxy Fold earlier this week with this device featuring a small screen on the front with the phone then opening to reveal a giant 7.4-inch display.

Samsung even engineered a sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears which means the device should feel solid when in this tablet mode.

Another nice feature is that the Galaxy Fold instantly recognises what apps are being viewed on the smaller cover screen and instantly opens the same content on the larger screen when the device is fully opened.

You can also open up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display allowing the ability to surf the web, send a message and watch videos at the same time.

Other features coming to the Fold include six cameras, a Qualcomm 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM and a huge 4,380mAh battery.

If you fancy taking delivery of the Galaxy Fold then it will be available in May with pricing currently set at €2,000.

No UK price has been announced but expect a very similar cost in pounds.

Networks are yet to confirm if they will be stocking the Fold but more news on that is likely to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.

“We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”

Express.co.uk is heading to Barcelona and will bring you all the news from Huawei’s press conference live as it happens.

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