Huawei’s Sleek Mate X 5G Folding Smartphone Leaked Ahead of MWC 2019

Samsung isn't the only major smartphone OEM that is looking to dabble in folding smartphones. Huawei was widely expected to show off its first folding smartphone at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019), but the design of the smartphone has already been leaked.

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A banner that was being erected to promote the phone was spied ahead of its big unveil and it appears to take a slightly different approach compared to what we saw with the Galaxy Fold. The Huawei Mate X appears to house quite a few sensors and cameras (we spy at least three) along a prominent "spine" that runs down one side of the device. 

The display is hinged in the center and when folded closed, the display meets flush with the aforementioned spine. It should be noted that the display folds outward, which means that the expansive displays is left exposed, even with in the closed position. With the Galaxy Fold, the display folds inward, leaving a secondary display on the outside to complete tasks.

Although we don't know anything about display specs, we do know that the Huawei Mate X will feature a 7-nanometer Kirin 980 octa-core processor and the company's own Balong 5000 5G modem. The smartphone is set to make its official debut on February 24th in Barcelona at 8am EST.

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As for the Huawei Mate X's primary competition, the Samsung Galaxy Fold was unveiled at an "Unpacked" event earlier this week in San Francisco. This device features a primary 7.3-inch QXGA+ Infinity Flex display and a secondary 4.58-inch panel that serves as a cover display.

Powering the Samsung device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor paired with 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. You'll also find two batteries onboard which combined offer up 4380 mAh in capacity. The Galaxy Fold has a total of six cameras, will be available with optional 5G connectivity, and will be available in the U.S with a starting price of... gulp... $1,980.