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Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Leaked Ahead Of Mobile World Congress

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This is apparently Huawei’s foldable smartphone, called the Mate X. More details are expected at the company’s press event during MWC Barcelona, but the billboard claims it’s the world’s fastest 5G foldable phone.  ( gimme2pm | Twitter )

Not wanting to be outdone by Samsung, Huawei is developing its own foldable smartphone too, due for an official unveiling at the Mobile World Congress later this month.

But nothing can be kept under wraps these days, and thus, Huawei's Galaxy Fold rival has now leaked. More specifically, it's a photo of workers gathered around what appears to be a billboard that's almost nearly assembled.

Huawei Mate X Leaked

Shared by Twitter user gimme2pm, the billboard shows a Huawei device called "Mate X" in its folded, bent, and fully unfolded states. Huawei's device also appears to be taking a different approach to foldability than Samsung. Whereas the Galaxy Fold's Infinity Display folds inward, Huawei's device's screen folds outward.

Which is to say Huawei's device converts its larger display into a usable screen that wraps along both sides of the phone when closed. The Galaxy Fold, by contrast, because its main display folds inward, has a smaller secondary screen on the outside.

Huawei's approach looks arguably more efficient than Samsung's, solely for the cleverness of using only one display for both the phone's folded and unfolded states. However, this remains to be tested, still. Journalists weren't given demo units of the Galaxy Fold, so it's hard to say what the phone feels like in real-world usage. In the same vein, do note that the leaked image is just a render of the Mate X, so it might not represent the actual thing — and that's assuming it's legitimate.

Huawei At The Mobile World Congress

Huawei spent the better part of last year talking about plans for a 5G phone, the peak of which came recently when it teased a full announcement at MWC. The banner above, on the other hand, provides the best glimpse at the phone thus far and also notes that the Mate X is the "the world's fastest foldable 5G phone." Samsung will most likely have qualms about such a claim — suffice it to say that 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year for phone rivalries.

Huawei's presentation is scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 a.m. EST, so make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.

Thoughts on Huawei's foldable smartphone? Do you think it has a better design than the Samsung Galaxy Fold? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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