2019 is slated to be an exciting year for smartphones. Only a few months in and, instead of opting for the same designs and features we’ve seen hundreds of times before, 2 companies have decided to take a sharp left turn. We all knew folding phones were on the way, but Samsung and Huawei have finally delivered with their Galaxy Fold and Mate X models. Of course, this immediately begs the question which is better? Galaxy Fold vs Mate X, which most effectively delivers on the promise of a phone ripped straight from the future?
Fortunately, while both phones haven’t been tested with extensive use, there are still some key features we do know and can compare!
Round 1: Form Factor
I know a number of people criticized the idea of a folding phone but I have to say after watching the official Samsung video clip of the Galaxy Fold Phone, I am even more excited about the future of smart phones. Tell me what you think. pic.twitter.com/EPFCGN71NO
— The President 🇰🇪🇺🇬🇹🇿 (@Ugaman01) March 12, 2019
Personality is great and all, but a phone’s best selling point is its physical appearance. Both the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X function as smartphones that fold out into tablets, but how each achieves this is very different.
Starting with Samsung’s offering, the Fold has two separate screens. There is a smaller screen on the outside that functions as a typical smartphone and a larger screen that’s hidden inside the closed up device.
While this approach delivers on versatility, the end result is an admittedly very clunky appearance when folded. And while the hidden tablet screen won’t have to worry about any unfortunate chips or scratches, that won’t change the fact that the device will feel pretty brick-esque in your pocket.
Not great form factor-wise for a smartphone.
In direct opposition to Samsung’s inner folding design, Huawei’s delivers something more in line with what we expect when we hear “folding phone”. The Mate X has one large screen that folds in on itself.
The screen works like a typical smartphone until you fold out the second half of the screen to reveal a larger tablet. Aside from screen politics, the Mate is very noticeably sleeker and thinner than its counterpart.
No pocket real estate issues here. This does come at a cost however.
Since the screen folds in on itself, it’ll be exposed to the elements and might be a little more susceptible to scratches.
Galaxy Fold VS Mate X Round 1 Winner: Mate X
Round 2: Screens
Chinese tech company #Huawei on Sunday unveiled its Mate X, a foldable #5G ready smartphone that will retail for 2,299 euros ($2,607). It is expected to be available to the public by summer. pic.twitter.com/bCUsLTvc7z
— #YourVoteYourPower (@Ayoappeal) March 12, 2019
Being able to fold your screen like an arts and crafts project isn’t worth much if the screens themselves aren’t worth your money. Fortunately, both Samsung and Huawei spared no expense in this regard.
The Galaxy Fold’s outside screen is a 4.6in OLED panel with 1960×840 resolution that’s made for one-handed use. The unfold-to-reveal screen inside the device is a 7.3in OLED panel at 2152×1536 resolution.
Huawei’s Mate X, on the other hand, boasts a single 8in OLED screen with 2480×2200 resolution that folds into a 6.6in 2480×1148 resolution screen.
For a bit of reference, the iPhone XS Max’s screen is 6.5in with 2688×1242 pixel resolution. Taking this into account, both folding phones offer an impressive screen, but Huawei looks to take a slight lead strictly looking at size.
Galaxy Fold VS Mate X Round 2 Winner: Mate X
Round 3: Cameras
Pro-grade Camera means better pictures of you….and them. What’s your go-to shot #withGalaxy S10?
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) March 8, 2019
Arguably as important as screens are a smartphone’s cameras. With each new iteration of smartphone, we see stronger, more dynamic cameras. Samsung and Huawei didn’t to veer away from this tradition.
The Galaxy Fold has a whiplash inducing 6 cameras on its device. Shocking to say the least, but it does make sense when you consider there’s two separate screens to account for. The smartphone screen has a front facing camera and three others on the other half.
Those three include a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. Unfold the phone and you’ll find two more cameras: a 10MP selfie-camera and an 8MP RGB depth camera.
No matter what you’re planning to shoot or what mode you plan on using, you have a few choices in lenses.
Huawei’s camera placement is a little different. The Mate X also has a triple camera setup but places its arsenal within the grip you use to hold the phone. These camera include a 40 MP wide-angle lens, a 16 MP ultra wide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens.
Both phones offer a pretty impressive lineup when it comes to their cameras. The Mate X might take a bit of an edge in quality, but Samsung’s 6 lenses give it the lead in versatility. This is especially true when you consider the Mate X can’t use the selfie cam while in tablet mode.
Galaxy Fold VS Mate X Round 3 Winner: Galaxy Fold
Round 4: Power and Battery
Stuff compared the two new foldable phones: Samsung Galaxy Fold and #HUAWEIMateX and concluded that both phones are "cool" and wowed the world. However, #HUAWEIMateX has the bigger battery and memory. Read full review here: https://t.co/3nEroyBfnv pic.twitter.com/mCQKymiKOd
— Huawei Arabia (@HuaweiArabia) March 4, 2019
These phones are high end luxury devices so it should be no surprise to hear that they both come equipped with rather impressive hardware.
In the Galaxy Fold’s corner comes a 7nm 64 bit octa core processor and a stunning 12GB of RAM. The Mate X opposes that with Huawei’s Kirin 980 chip and a lesser, but still impressive, 8GB of RAM.
Both support 5G networks, ensuring you’re rewarded for your massive investment with a bit of future-proofing. Though, whether that’s actually a selling point at this moment in time is up for debate. As far as power goes, the Fold comes with a 4380 mAh battery and supports wireless charging, while the Mate X carries a 4500 mAh battery.
Galaxy Fold VS Mate X Round 4 Winner: Galaxy Fold
Galaxy Fold vs Mate X: The Verdict
In the battle of Galaxy Fold vs Mate X, it’s easy to see that both phones are powerhouse devices. Regardless of which one comes out on top, some serious appreciation is owed to these juggernauts who went out of their way to avoid the beaten path. As far as we know, both of these phones might have serious issues upon release, but at least the future of smartphones doesn’t look so predictable anymore!
The final verdict of the Galaxy Fold vs Mate X? It could go either way. With the Fold launching in April 26th for $1980 and the Mate X dropping for considerably more at $2600, Samsung’s phone might seem a little more enticing. Especially considering the fact that Huawei’s device has no slated US release date set, meaning you may have to import. Those who appreciate a larger screen and a less bulky unit, however, may want to go through the extra price and importing for the objectively sleeker Mate X.