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Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Huawei Mate X: Confrontation to rule the foldable phones market

13 March 2019 5

The smartphones business is growing steadily and with each passing year, smartphone manufacturers are increasing production to cater to customers. In the last few years, the smartphone market dynamics change drastically. The tab market didn't grow as it was intended, however, the smartphone manufacturers continue to bring large display phones in the same compact body by reducing the bezels. Back in 2016 the manufacturer of the Chinese smartphone Xiaomi unveiled Mi Mix as the first bezel-less smartphone. The device was well appreciated due to its higher screen-to-body ratio than conventional smartphones. At that time all OEMs have thick bezels phone.

Later in 2017, Apple took the next step in the bezel-less design by introducing notch with the 10th anniversary iPhones. The iPhone X design was followed by many smartphone manufacturers in 2018. Not just that the companies adopted even slimmer dewdrop notches. In 2018 we have seen Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi launched phones with pop-up selfie snapper which helped the OEMs to reduce the top bezel even further. Samsung and Huawei concluded in 2018 by introducing phones with punch-hole camera design. Samsung opted the punch-hole design for the 10th anniversary Galaxy S-series phone.

The big giants like Samsung and Huawei are pushing the design further to bring large display phones which can be grasped single handidly easily. The devices fold out the display for a more wider visual experience. The foldable display smartphones are certainly the next big creativity in the design department to fit in a larger display. After tons of leaks and rumors, Samsung finally wraps off the cover from the Galaxy Fold as the company's first foldable display phone. The device was showcased at the event, however, it wasn't available for hands-on testing. On the other hand, Huawei unveiled the first foldable display Mate X at the MWC event.

Many details regarding both the phones are still in the dark but still, we have enough info to put both the devices in a head-to-head clash to know the pros and cons of both the phones. Without any further ado, let's start with the start of both phones.

Design

One of the most important aspects of both the design of the phone is indeed the display. The Galaxy Fold when unfolded provides 7.3-inches display whereas the Mate X unfolded display measures at 8-inches. The display folding mechanism on both the phones is different that's why you will get different size display when the display is folded. The Mate X comes with single folding display screen whereas the Galaxy Fold features a separate cover display.

The Galaxy Fold secondary display is relatively smaller that's why the folded outer display is just 4.6-inches. On the other hand, Mate X features two large displays. The front-facing display measures at 6.6-inches whereas the secondary display is slightly smaller at 6.4-inches. Thanks to the secondary display you can use it as a mirror while capturing selfie shot.

The Galaxy Fold design revolves around the hinge which allows you to use Galaxy Fold like a book. The Mate X comes with dual larger displays which can be unhinged using a dedicated button. Once you press the button both the displays flat to provide you immersive visual experience.

Another prominent aspect is Galaxy Fold has a small gap when both front and rear displays are folded up. The Mate X both the screen lies flat when unfolded, the device circuits, cameras setup and Type-C connectivity port are on the right side. According to Huawei, the Mate X dimensions are 6.4 x 3.1 x 0.43 inches whereas the Galaxy Fold dimensions are yet not revealed. The Mate X weighs 295g which is understandable considering it has dual displays.

The Mate X max thickness when unfolded is 5.4mm and folded thickness is 11mm. So far rumors indicate the Galaxy Fold max thickness will be 17mm. Due to the gap between the two display, the Galaxy Fold surely will be thicker.

Both have USB-C port for connectivity and charging. Both phones lack IP-ratings. In terms of color options the Galaxy Fold can be grabbed in Martian Green, Cosmos Black and Space Silver colors whereas the Mate X will be available in Interstellar Blue. Overall the Huawei's design is more clean and refined than the Galaxy Fold.

Display

The Galaxy Fold features a 7.3-inches AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. The display pixels density is 351 pixels-per-inch. The device secondary display is 4.6-inches Super AMOLED with HD+ screen resolution.

The Mate X unfolded display measures at 8-inches. The Mate X primary display is 6.6-inches with a screen resolution of 1148 x 2480 pixels whereas the secondary rear display is 6.3-inches with a screen resolution of 982 x 2480 pixels. In terms of colors, accuracy and sharpness both the displays are worth appreciating. The Mate X has added the advantage of a larger display in both folded and unfolded form.

Hardware

At the launch event the South Korean giant didn't reveal any detail regarding the Galaxy Fold chipset, however, the company mentioned it is powered up by a 7nm processor. Those who are unaware the Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 SoC is built on the 7nm process whereas the Exynos 9820 is built on the 8nm process. So we can expect it is running on the Snapdragon 855 SoC.

The Mate X comes with Huawei's latest Kirin 980 chipset, it is also built on the 7nm process. It is pretty much on par with the Qualcomm's chipset, however, benchmark reveals it lags a little. The Galaxy Fold comes with 12GB RAM whereas the Mate X settle on the 8GB RAM. In terms of native storage, both devices have 512GB storage. The Mate X supports memory expansion via MicroSD. Surprisingly Samsung lags behind in memory expansion.

Specs Galaxy Fold Mate X
Primary Display 7.3-inches 8.0-inches
Screen resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels 2480 x 2200 pixels
Secondary Display 4.8-inches 6.6-inches, 6.3-inches
Screen resolution 1960 x 840 pixels 2480 x 1148 pixels, 2480 x 892 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855 Kirin 980
RAM 12GB 8GB
Storage 512GB Non-Expandable 512GB Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP+12MP 40MP+16MP+8MP+ToF
Front camera 10MP+8MP --
USB Type-C Type-C
IP68 None None
OS Android Pie with One UI Android Pie with EMUI 9.1
Battery

The Mate X lights are kept on by a 4,380mAh battery whereas the Mate X comes with slightly larger 4,500mAh battery cell. Apart from having a larger battery cell, the Mate X is the company's first phone with 55W SuperCharge. According to Huawei, the device requires only 30 minutes to reach from O to 85% battery.

On the other hand, Samsung relies on the 18W Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. Samsung's phone not only have smaller battery cell but also it requires more time to recharge. However, the Galaxy Fold supports Qi Wireless charging but that's not available for the Mate X owners.

Camera

As far as the camera sensors are a concern its, not an easy task to compete against Galaxy Fold. In total the Galaxy Fold has six cameras, you will get triple cameras setup on the rear side. The smaller folded display has a single selfie snapper whereas the main screen has dual selfie snappers in the top notch.

The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. In low-light conditions, the aperture turns automatically to f/1.5 whereas in the stable lighting condition the aperture automatically turns to f/2.4. The secondary rear snapper is ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 123 degrees field of view. Last but not the least you will get 12MP telephoto sensors with optical zoom up to 2x. The rear setup on the Galaxy Fold is the same as the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

When the display is folded you will get a single selfie snapper of 10MP. If you unfold the display the Galaxy Fold has dual selfie snappers, the primary sensor is a 10MP module with f/1.9 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is an 8MP depth-sensing module. The dual selfie snappers on the main display are embedded in the right side notch.

The Mate X has quad cameras setup for both front and rear side. The primary rear snapper is 40MP with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor is ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor is an 8MP telephoto module with f/2.4 and 2x optical zoom. The fourth sensor is Time of flight sensor. The cameras setup on both the phones is quite solid at least on paper. None of the camera's setup is tested that's why we can't claim which setup is better.

Software

As OS the Galaxy Fold is pre-installed with Android Pie based One UI. The One UI was announced a few months ago as new customized skin from Samsung with reduced bloatware and specially optimized to use giant display phones single handidly. The Mate X is running on the Android Pie based EMUI 9.1.1 skin. As both have custom UI skins that's why you will have to deal with the bloatware. When both the devices will be released it will be interesting to see how OS is optimized to switch apps between two displays. Both the companies are known for taking months before rolling out new major updates.

Special goodies

The most special aspect of both the phones is foldable display design. However, there are many other aspects to lure customers. Samsung highlights the Galaxy Fold Multi-Active window feature at the launch event by opening three apps simultaneously. The apps switch process was quite seamless. So if you want a premium phone which can handle multi-tasking efficiently the Galaxy Fold could become your next phone. Other goodies include Bixby, Dex mode, Samsung Health, Knox and Pay features.

Huawei relies on Android's stock split screen mode for multi-tasking which allows two apps working simultaneously. Thanks to dual foldable display you can mirror shots at the same time while capturing. The 55W SuperCharge feature is another standout feature.

Price

The Galaxy Fold will be released in two variants. The base model will come with 4G connectivity and it will cost $1,980. There will be a 5G variant as well but its pricing is still in the dark. The 4G LTE variant will be released on April 26th in the US whereas the European buyers will have wait until May 3.

The Mate X is available only in one variant with 5G connectivity. It will cost 2,300 Euros which is roughly $2600 at current currency exchange rate. As far as the release is a concern it will hit the market later in Summer this year but the exact release time is still in the dark.

Conclusion:

Many details of both Mate X and Galaxy Fold are still in the dark but still, both are quite lucrative phones. The Mate X takes lead in the display, design, battery section. In the cameras and software section both the devices are almost on the same level. The Galaxy Fold has added the advantage of more camera sensors on board. The Galaxy Fold will hit the market in next month but the exact release time of Mate X is still in the dark. Another important aspect is pricing, the 4G variant is cheaper but the 5G model of Galaxy Fold will be certainly quite close to Mate X.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy Fold vs Mate X in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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