14 June 2019
The Huawei Mate X is one of the two Android foldable smartphones that caught everyone's eye earlier this year. The other phone was the Samsung Galaxy Fold whose future looks uncertain for now. Even the future of Mate X is not clear since the US imposed a ban on the company. But for now, we do have some information regarding Mate X 5G speed.
Huawei has shared a small video clip showing the Mate X undergoing 5G speed tests in China and reaching impressive speed. The test was done on the Chinese carrier China Unicom. It managed to cross an insane 1Gbps mark for download speed and reached about 100Mbps for upload speed. The speed was calculated using the Ookla Speed test app and under test conditions.
It is worth noting while most of the other 5G phones come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the Mate X makes use of Huawei's own Balong 5000 5G modem. This should help you make a decision if you might be questioning whether a phone with no Snapdragon modem will be able to reach 1Gbps mark. It is true that the speed has been achieved under test conditions and real-world results might be on the lower side but that applies to all the 5G phones out there.
Since Huawei is currently banned in the US, it is hard to see when and if the Huawei Mate X will make its way to the country. As for the Galaxy Fold, it is free from ban situation but it has its own issues to deal with which have delayed its official arrival as well. This is the reason Samsung is unable to capitalize on the Huawei ban situation and take a significant headstart. It means regardless of which foldable phone you are more interested in, you have no choice but to keep waiting for the time being.