Since the invention of the mobile phone, these practical companions have been continuously optimized and equipped with new hardware and software. However, the development process is usually evolutionary, in other words, in small steps. Revolutionary jumps, on the other hand, are much rarer. Such a leap could be seen at the launch event for Apple’s first iPhone, which ushered in the era of smartphones. Another leap could have occurred in late 2018, when the world’s first modern folding smartphone saw the light: the Royole FlexPai. Around the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Android top dogs Samsung and Huawei presented their own versions of the so-called “folding”. The two groundbreaking devices were called the Galaxy Fold and Mate X. Except for a foldable design, these don’t have much in common.
The folding concept: Samsung vs. Huawei
Unlike “standard” smartphones, buyers of the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold are less likely to be interested in the hardware and more in the folding function. However, the chosen concepts differ greatly from each other.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The foldable Samsung phone has two screens. When closed, there is a triple main camera and an LED flash on the back, while a 4.58-inch screen is denounced on the front. When folded, the Galaxy Fold is reminiscent of a “normal” smartphone, although it is comparatively thick and bucks the edgeless trend with all its might. When you open the cell phone, both halves just described are on the new back, while a 7.3-inch screen glows on the front. The newly won screen freedom is slightly restricted on the sides by a camera bridge and thick borders.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available in blue, yellow, black and silver
Samsung has installed a dual camera on the back of the Galaxy Fold
The external screen of the Galaxy Fold has a diagonal of 4.6 inches (approximately 12 cm) with an aspect ratio of 21: 9.
When folded, the Galaxy Fold has an extremely slim figure.
The main screen of the new Samsung folding is flexible.
The interior screen of the Samsung Galaxy Fold has a diagonal of 7.3 inches (approximately 19 cm).
Huawei Mate X
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X only has an 8-inch screen. However, when folded, it extends over both sides of the case. The folding mechanism is not here in the middle, so the two split screen halves differ in terms of size. While the main screen measures 6.6 inches, the smaller secondary screen measures just 6.38 inches. The surface of the housing thus obtained ensures a better grip and houses a triple camera. With the help of the second screen, this can also be used as a selfie photo.
Better implementation of Huawei vs. Samsung’s greatest potential
The bottom line is that the design of the Huawei Mate X should be better. The edges of the screen do not stick out and therefore do not look as noticeable. Also, there are no restrictions due to a very small screen when folded and when opening the overall print is not clouded by a rather superfluous bar; After all, the Galaxy Fold’s main camera can also be turned into a selfie clip thanks to the small screen. On the other hand, the main screen of the Samsung device is better protected from scratches in your pocket. Furthermore, the South Korean manufacturer’s concept still seems to have a lot of potential. If, for example, both the large and small screens were completely borderless and the cell phone was a bit thinner in terms of depth, things would look different.
The hardware: Galaxy Fold and Mate X
Apart from the innovative concept, both devices also have known hardware such as a processor, RAM, and a battery. Also in these areas, the two high-level high-level flights differ from each other.
Display and operating system
When it comes to the display, the Huawei Mate X is again ahead in terms of numbers. The device has an 8-inch panel with a resolution of 2,480 x. 2,200 pixels. This results in a mediocre pixel density of 414 dpi. The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a little smaller at 7.3 inches, but this also applies to the resolution (2,151 x 1,536 pixels). The associated pixel density is “only” 362 dpi. For this, Samsung can score with an AMOLED panel. Huawei, on the other hand, relies on OLED.
When it comes to software, both devices use Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system. Furthermore, the Mate X offers the EMUI 9.1.1 user interface, while the Galaxy Fold offers the Samsung Experience. Which of the surfaces is better in general is a matter of taste. Also, add-on programs geared towards flip phones can make a big difference in this category. However, there is currently not much information on such software.
When opened, the Mate X’s screen is almost square,
When folded, there is a screen on the front and back.
The Mate X has a grip pad on the right, making it easy to hold in your hand.
If you fold the Mate X, it is the size of a normal smartphone.
The Mate X is Huawei’s first foldable smartphone.
There is a USB-C port on the grip pad of the Mate X,
The folding smartphone has an 8-inch screen.
A Kirin 980 works inside the Mate X.
The Huawei Mate X when opened.
It’s not just the Mate X’s screen that can impress.
The Mate X uses three cameras as eyes.
When folded, the Mate X is 11 millimeters thick.
If you unfold the smartphone, it measures 5.5 millimeters deep.
The main cameras on the Mate X are also the front cameras.
The two batteries of the Mate X reach a total of 4,500 mAh.
Performance and memory
The Huawei Mate X uses the internal Kirin 980 chip with eight cores and a maximum clock frequency of 2.6 GHz. However, the processor cannot be compared to the Galaxy Fold, as Samsung has not yet named its chip. It could be the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the in-house Exynos 9820, or an entirely new processor. The South Korean wins the game with 12 GB of RAM. Huawei only installs 8 GB; however, it remains questionable whether the difference is noticeable in actual use. The situation is different with internal memory. Both manufacturers use 512GB, but the Mate X can be expanded up to 256GB with an SD card.
|Monitor||7.3 inches, 2151 x 1536 pixels||8.0 inches, 2,480 x 2,200 pixels|
|Operating system version||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|processor||–||Huawei Kirin 980, eight cores / 2 x 2.6 GHz, 2 x 1.92 GHz, 4 x 1.8 GHz|
|RAM.||12 GB||8 GB|
|Internal memory||512 GB||512 GB|
|Micro SD||–||yes (256 GB)|
|Front / rear camera||10 + 8 megapixels / 12 + 12 + 16 megapixels||– / 40 + 16 + 8 megapixels|
|battery pack||4,380 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Colors||Black, silver, green, blue||Black blue|
|Launch price||2,000 euros||2,299 euros|
|Current market price||May 3, 2019||3rd quarter 2019|
Camera and battery
Both folding smartphones have a triple main camera. These are solved with 40, 16 and 8 megapixels in Huawei and with 16, 12 and 12 megapixels in Samsung. If you need a high resolution, it will get along better with the Mate X, but this does not affect the quality of the images. A camera test has to demonstrate how the modules work in detail. In addition, Samsung offers a somewhat superfluous-looking dual front camera with a resolution of 10 and 8 megapixels.
The point awarded for battery capacity goes back to Huawei. At 4,500 mAh versus 4,380 mAh, the two tech giants are almost on par, but only nearly. It is also questionable whether this will result in longer battery life.
Price and conclusion
Even if this foldable comparison doesn’t go deep, but sticks to general points, there is a temporary winner: Huawei is currently ahead, especially in terms of concept and equipment. However, that has its price. The Mate X costs 2,299 euros a post more than the 2,000-euro Galaxy Fold. Each user has to decide for himself if the “measly” quantity is still relevant in these price categories. If you want to buy the devices, you can do it from May 3 (Galaxy Fold) and the 3rd quarter of 2019 (Mate X).