The Chinese phone maker is launching its new folding device on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, a massive gathering of the mobile industry in Barcelona. Mate X will compete with Samsung's recently announced Galaxy Fold, which is priced at about $ 1,960 before taxes.
The cheapest version of Mate X is $ 2,600, including taxes.
Comparisons between Samsung phones and Huawei do not stop there.
Huawei took care to emphasize the 5G connectivity of the folding phone, technology at the heart of its quest for global domination in the smartphone market. Samsung will offer a 4G version and a 5G version. At 8 inches, Huawei's phone folds on a larger screen than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, which extends to 7.3 inches.
Huawei phone mode is available in about 6.6 inches and Samsung in 4.6 inches. The Matte X, however, is only 1
Phony phone makers started folding phones with bangs and crashes, but analysts remain skeptical.
"No matter how innovative and advanced the new technology is, the new device will take a lot more time for the critical mass of consumers to experience the benefits of folding handsets and 5G technology," says Thomas Huson, Forrester analyst. Samsung and Huawei are convinced that phones that act as tablets will catch up.
The launch of Huawei has attracted huge crowds. The fans stood in the queue outside of the event before the start of the match, and those who could not get in, watched the event outside on a big screen. Sometimes they explode in excited applause.
"Mate X clearly shows that Huawei is the leader in technological innovation," said Husson. "The new device has nothing to envy on Samsung's latest Samsung Galaxy Fold release," he added.
Huawei did not make the new phones available to analysts, and journalists were allowed only to glass-walled devices that were carefully watched by security guards.
Samsung said it expects to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26th. Huawei has not yet given a date.
Huawei did not hide the fact that he was comparing with Samsung. The South Korean rival holds the crown as the world's largest smartphone maker, and Huawei wants to grab it.
At one point during the launch of Huawei, the two products were compared to one another on a huge screen.
One thing Huawei did not mention at the event was the recent US security charges
The United States claims that Huawei is a potential threat to national security. Last month, US prosecutors opened criminal charges against the company, claiming Huawei had stolen business secrets and worked on US sanctions against Iran.
Huawei firmly denies the allegations and is trying to persuade the world to use its 5G technology and not
"This is not something that needs to be solved by politics," Huawei Guo Ping Chairman said on Sunday before the official Launch Mobile World Congress.
Guo also said Huawei must comply with Chinese law, and the company "never and never dares and can not break any rules" in every country they work in.