Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: After Foldgate delay, time to wait for the Mate?

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

we've got my hands on the first two big foldable smartphones of 2019 and so it's time to compare the Samsung Galaxy fold with the huawei mate X and see how these dramatically different devices actually measure up both run Android both are impressive at a technical level and both are of course insanely expensive but these two take very different approaches to this futuristic product category let's break down some of the early specs we have available to us on a Samsung side unsurprisingly the Galaxy fold takes the core hardware at the Galaxy S 10 plus and spins it out into something

Completely new and on the Huawei side the mate X is a close relative of the mate 20 and P 30 series of phones aside from the relative benefits of the carry and processor versus snapdragon or the question of whether you need eight or twelve gigabytes of ram the differences between these two are pretty fundamental the Galaxy fold is what we hear Android central come to call an inny that means it opens out to reveal an internal tablet display the mate X on the other hand has just one physical display panel and how much of it is enabled depends on how you're actually using it quick

Example here with the fold you start out using apps on the bezel tastic external displayed then opening the device gives you a larger canvas that's entirely separate with the mate you start out with one section of the expansive plastic OLED display that then unfolds to activate the rest of it fun little aside here while wise approach actually has a couple extra benefits when it comes to photography since having a display here means you can use the main cameras to take selfies or show your subject to preview as you're shooting the galaxy fold has the same great

Triple rear camera setup as the galaxy s 10 but that's only available for rear photos for selfies you've got a separate dual camera array cut into display it's also a bit less fiddly to open out the Huawei device thanks to this spring activated button clip mechanism the mate also gives you a thicker handle area to hold on to when the device is fully opened out and of course the mate X has a much more expansive phone mode display to compare this bezel free not free setup with the larger borders on offer from the Samsung device the falter strike me is the more ergonomic of the

Two phones though by design the huawei mate X is a big boxy rectangle and in day-to-day use it's really not play whether having all these corners is really going to be comfortable in a handler the pocket to say nothing of unique challenges for left-handed users the unique nature of each of these hinges also dictates how much space it'll take up in the pocket and right now the Galaxy fold is looking like being the thicker of the two when it's folded shut the mechanism of the mate X means that although it's got a larger footprint it

Folds much flatter than the fold while we're talking build quality it's definitely worth mentioning the couple display issues faced by reviews of the Galaxy fold of the few review devices out there in the hands of journals in youtubers to have spontaneously failed during normal use which has led to the launch of this phone being pushed back the whole month we've got a deeper dive on what is being called fold gate in another video of course we don't yet know what kind of other issues might appear on the mate X over time because no one outside Huawei actually has one

The software is also another major concern Samsung's one UI and Huawei's emui are dramatically different and if we're talking about regular phone use then Samsung's software is almost always the winner that's said in my time with a mate X in Barcelona a couple months back I saw the phone transition between tablet and phone mode without a hitch still it's worth remembering y is less than stellar reputation in the software department especially when we're talking about a first generation product however the biggest deciding factor between these two phones assuming you have the

Cash to splash might actually be your geography there's no way the mate X is officially launching in the United States so unless you want to chance it and go for an unofficial import the Galaxy fold might actually be the only big-name foldable phone American buyers have access to in markets like Europe where both are available it's worth underscoring a significant price difference between the two as well with the mate X going six hundred US dollars beyond the already hefty two thousand dollar price tag of the fold honestly both of these devices are going to be a

Bit of a gamble in terms of both value for money and longevity their first gen gadgets and as such both venture out into very uncharted territory if you're even in the market for a product like this chances are you have a fair bit of disposable income available and so the choice comes ultimately down to where in the world you live and which approach to an early foldable phone floats your boat in your outing one UI or emui flat or chunky one screen or to hear the comments let us know which one you choose and subscribe you don't miss the rest of our coverage

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