5G Huawei Mate X coming to EE with a foldable screen

By James Rogerson 26 February 2019

Mate X

EE has just confirmed that it will be selling the Huawei Mate X, which could well be the most exciting phone of 2019, because it both supports 5G and folds.

Starting with the 5G: this phone uses the Balong 5000, which is the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset and is supposedly capable of industry-leading 5G speeds, helped seemingly by the integration of four 5G antennas in the phone.

But the Huawei Mate X is also one of the world’s first foldable phones. It has a tablet-sized 8-inch 2200 x 2480 screen which can be folded in half to create two smaller screens, one of 6.6 inches and one of 6.4 inches.

It’s an OLED screen, so should deliver great contrast and vivid colours, and coupled with 5G connectivity this could be the perfect way to stream video content and play online games wherever you are.

It also makes the most of its size, with a split-screen mode letting you run two apps side by side and the ability when using the smaller screens to preview photos on both sides – so both you and the subject can see them.

Speaking of photos, the Mate X also has three cameras, a 4,500mAh battery, 8GB of RAM, a top-end Kirin 980 chipset and 512GB of storage. There’s fast charging too, with the device supposedly able to reach 85% battery in just 30 minutes. And it’s built to last, with Huawei having tested that the flexible screen can survive 100,000 folds.

Expensive but not alone

EE hasn’t said when the phone will be available on its network, beyond sometime this year, but we’ll update you as soon as we hear more.

In the meantime, you might want to get saving, as while no UK or contract pricing has yet been revealed, the Mate X is set to retail for €2,299 (around £2,000) in Europe.

This announcement follows hot on the heels of confirmation from EE that it will sell the 5G LG V50 ThinQ, HTC 5G Mobile Smart Hub and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

The company has also committed to stocking the as yet unannounced OnePlus 5G handset, so there should be a lot of 5G choice on the network.

About James Rogerson

Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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