Like it or not, there’s a war brewing among smartphone companies to be the leader in the new breed of foldable phones. We’ve seen the Royole Flexpai, the Xiaomi Dual Flex, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. With Samsung and Huawei leading the incoming wave of foldable devices, it is only natural to compare them. Both phones are not cheap, at $2,000 for the Fold and $2,600 for the Mate X but that’s fair for ground breaking technology. Both these phones are currently not retailing to consumers yet but we already know the specs, official release date and what they look like. Now, here’s a rundown of how the Huawei Mate X stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and which (if either) you should spend your money on.
Huawei Mate X VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Design
Take a good look at both phones and you’ll see that the difference in design is quite noticeable. The Huawei Mate X folds outward, leaving you with a large and near bezel-less screen on either side, while the Galaxy Fold folds inwards so the big screen is hidden. It is pretty clear that Samsung is definitely not the winner when using the eye test.
The Galaxy Fold’s 4.6-inch, 1960 × 840 phone display is ludicrously small and there’s a huge amount of screen wasted on every side. Also, in phone mode, the Mate X has a 6.6-inch, 2480 x 1148 front display and another 6.38-inch, 2480 x 892 display around the back. Open the devices up and it’s a similar story, because the Galaxy Fold has a 7.3-inch, 2152 × 1536 Infinity Flex tablet display with what might just be the biggest notch we’ve ever seen in the top right corner. The Mate X, meanwhile, has a larger and sharper (and notch-free) 8-inch, 2480 x 2200 FullView display when it’s unfolded.
However, with regards to functionality, the Galaxy Fold might have a slight advantage. Glass can’t bend, so these displays are made of plastic and plastic scratches easily. When folded, the large screen of the Galaxy Fold is more protected from scratches than the Mate X. The hinge mechanism on the Galaxy Fold also looks more durable than the folding display on the Mate X, but that has not been tested to be true.
The Fold has an annoying notch to house the camera while the Mate X, the cameras are built into a little lip or chin that helps you hold the device in tablet mode, and helps to dock the folded phone a little more easily when it’s closed. I guess the point of having a foldable phone is to be able to have more screen size and without obstruction. The Huawei Mate X wins when it comes to design but that’s a matter of preference.
Huawei Mate X VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Specs
Asides from design, one of the main things to look at when buying any phone is specs, and both devices did not disappoint. The Mate X packs Huawei’s fastest processor – the Huawei Kirin 980 processor as well as 8GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage while keeping a memory card slot. On the other hand, under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the top of the line for Android phones, the Snapdragon 855 processor as well as 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The Fold beats the Mate X when it comes to hardware. However, it is good to note that performance is based on both hardware and software optimization. It is therefore possible that the Mate X might perform better when it gets to the consumers on retail, but there’s no bad choice here.
Huawei Mate X VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Cameras
The Galaxy Fold has an amazing six cameras on board. It has a triple rear camera set up: 16MP ultra-wide camera, 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto sensor. On the inside, it has a 10MP camera and an 8MP RGB depth camera as well as a 10MP sensor on the front.
The Mate X has a triple camera set up on one of its sides when its folded shut – a 40MP+16MP+8MP model on a protruding side bar that serves both as a selfie camera and a rear camera.
We’re yet to compare these cameras side by side but I like the set up on the Mate X better as there is no notch on the screen to house any cameras. The tradeoff is you can’t take a selfie in tablet mode, only when the device is folded.
Huawei Mate X VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Features
In case you missed it, the main feature here is that both devices are foldable phones. Both phones come with the latest Android 9 Pie software with the One UI skin on the Fold and EMUI on the Mate X. As for the ever growing 5G technology, both phones will are going to come with 5G. For the Fold however, you would have to pay extra for the 5G variant.
Both Samsung and Huawei cut corners, when compared to their flagships as there is no wireless charging capability or water resistance of both devices. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack too, bummer! The Mate X and Galaxy Fold both use a side-mounted finger print sensor to get past the lock screen and also use USB-C for charging and data transfer.
The Mate X offers its insane 55W SuperCharge technology which claims to power the device from 0-85% in just 0 minutes, that’s bonkers. It also has a bigger 4500mAh battery than the Fold’s 4380mAh, but we’re yet to see how both do when placed head to head. Note that the Mate X has a larger display to power than the Fold. However, the Fold offers Fast Wireless charging 2.0 and wireless power share, if that appeals to you.
The Fold is capable of splitting the screen for up to 3 different apps, something we haven’t seen yet on the Mate X. It also uses UFS 3.0 storage which is twice as fast as the previous generation, so it gets an edge here.
Price and availability
Folding phones are ground breaking technology and they promise to be expensive. The Samsung Galaxy Fold will set you back $1980/£1599 while the Mate X will start at €2299 (~£1995/ $2600). Samsung is set to relaunch the Fold in September after a failed attempt a couple of months ago. Meanwhile, Huawei trying not to make the same mistakes as Samsung decided to move its previously stated June release further. However, after listing the Mate X in TENAA, a release date should be announced soon.
There’s no denying that both phones pack a punch when it comes to hardware and software and they are very similar. If I was to pick one, it would be the Huawei Mate X. The design of the Mate X is simply better looking than the Fold. Huawei made good use of the screen in both tablet and phone mode, offering a bigger screen with better resolution. It also does not have a gap when it folds, added to the fact that there is no notch on the Mate X. Also, it offers a bigger battery with faster charging.
However, the Fold beats the Mate X when it comes to pricing. But let’s face it, if you have this much to spend on a folding phone, you can afford a few more hundred bucks if you want a better design.