Just a few weeks ago we didn't know if this would be the year of folding smartphones. Rumors, speculation and more rumors, but no official data that would allow us to assure that the folding screens would arrive now. And so, as if nothing, In just a few days we already have two official models on the market. Samsung finally presented the long-awaited Galaxy X. And yesterday Huawei, giving the surprise and without leaks in between, joined the trend of folding phones.
It seems like It's open season and it is more than likely that Samsung and Huawei will be followed by many more firms. Foldable smartphones are a 'newborn' smartphone concept. And as such, as a general rule they have a lot of room for improvement, and details to be polished. A newly landed technology we look forward to welcoming and that it will surely be the object of both criticism and praise. Today we will compare these new models to tell you how they are alike and how they differ.
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Folding screens are already among us
We've been wanting to tell you about the first flexible display phone for a long time. And this time we will do it not only from the first, We will compare the two new bets for this fascinating new concept of smartphone as risky. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, which managed to attract a surprise among all those attending the unpacked event. And the newcomer Huawei Mate X, which has not left anyone indifferent.
Things are getting very interesting in our smartphone ecosystem. It seems that we are witnessing an important change these days. Knowing totally new smartphone formats so far, and this is something we love. It's very probable that In the future, this month of February 2019 will be spoken of as the moment when the market changed. Although it is also possible that this concept does not finish succeeding as we have known it.
One of the great obstacles with which the firms are going to meet will be, at least for now, high manufacturing costs. A crucial stumbling block as this means an also high sale price. And we already know that price is very important. Even more so when we talk about technology on which there is still a lot of development work ahead. Time, and especially reserves, will tell us in the short term how the market will react to this new type of mobile phone.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Vs Huawei Mate X
We have to recognize that the Samsung Galaxy Fold left us with our mouths open at the presentation event just a few days ago. A phone concept that we were hoping to finally get to know in order to get an idea of how its operation and interface would be. The phone was liked by Samsung fans and detractors. Everyone is aware of a major change in the market. Comparable in its day to that of the first version of the iPhone. The first of the folding phones finally arrived, and it did so from Samsung.
However yesterday Huawei did it again. Other folding phone that we had not known a single leak. Only the night before, and from a poster that was placed at the MWC, we could get an idea that Huawei was also getting on the “flexible” train. This year's MWC seemed a bit decaffeinated since the important presentation of Samsung had been before the beginning. But Huawei has been in charge of generating the expectation that we thought we would miss.
The time has come to put the most daring devices on the market face to face. And although it is more than certain that we will soon have new competitors in this comparison, we have to recognize the courage of Samsung and Huawei for being the first to embark on this adventure. If this type of device is consolidated we will always keep in mind that Samsung was the one who led the way. And that Huawei followed very closely from the beginning.
In essence, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X are the same, a smartphone that can be folded. But if we look at its construction we find many physical differences as well as operating. Roughly, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has a screen, which we could call "Exterior", and with a "interior" screen, which is the one that folds. The transition from the screen that we see with the folded phone to the inside when it is opened is really well achieved. The Huawei Mate X, on the other hand, has a single screen that we find on the front and it folds directly in half.
Comparison table Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X
Below we leave you a comparative table between both devices. Keep in mind that there are specs we don't know about yet. Regarding the Huawei device, there is information regarding the hardware that is not yet public. And even the starting price is "indicative" since it is not entirely official. Even so, it will help us to see how they are alike and especially how these two new smartphones differ.
|Model||Galaxy fold||Mate X|
|Folded screen||4.6 inch HD Plus Super Amoled||6.38 or 6.6 inches (depending on the side)|
|Open screen||7.3 inches||8 inches|
|Photo camera||Triple wide angle camera - ultra wide and telephoto||wide angle - ultra wide angle and telephoto|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855||Kirin 980|
|RAM||12 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||512 GB||512 GB|
|Battery||4380 mAh||4500 mAh|
|Weight||200 g||295 g|
|Approximate prices||€ 1900||€ 2299|
As we said, both devices share many features and benefits. But they are also different in others many. One of the details in which we find the most differences is in the cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Fold has triple rear camera when it is closed, and with double front camera in the open part of the screen.
The Mate X, on the other hand, only has three cameras that with the phone folded they would be in the backBut when you open it, they are the ones that are in front. Less cameras for the Mate X but no less possibilities. We can take pictures selfies with the same camera with which we take "normal" photos. Do you like either of the two? Do you like both? Or on the contrary, this format does not convince you.