At a time when the biggest smartphone makers - such as Samsung and Huawei - are placing their bets on the foldable smartphones, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is still skeptical about the "next chapter in mobile innovation". We see an individual use the phone's expansive 7.3-inch display to conduct a video call, and flip the device open while browsing Google Maps to get a wider view, with the help of the handset's App Continuity feature.
Huawei is now the second-largest smartphone manufacturer by volume ahead of Apple and behind Samsung, and it has its eyes on first place. Huawei Mate X marks the company's latest move to seize the initiative amid the global 5G roll-out race.
On a busy day of announcements, fellow Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced a new phone ready for the 5G era of data networks, while Nokia announced a range of new smartphones, including the Nokia 9 PureView, which includes five rear cameras.
When unfolded, the two displays click flat to form that larger 8in panel that is the body of the device and can be used like a tablet. The device will also have 55W SuperCharge, with claims that the Mate X can charge up to 85% of its battery in 30 minutes. This process appears to lead to a more thin and compact design with the folded phone measuring in at only eleven millimeters thick, while the phone measures only 5.4 millimeters when in tablet mode.
Today, Huawei released its first television commercial for the Mate X. The ad doesn't show any features of the phone other than the folding capabilities of the device.
The battery tech for the Mate X is literally two-fold, with two batteries adding up to 4,500 mAh powering the thing.
Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent said, "Security concerns about Huawei's 5G kit are a shadow hanging over the whole of this year's Mobile World Congress". Maybe it's because we've seen it up close, unlike the Fold, but the Mate X just looks better. There's even some speculation Apple could be joining the foldable phone movement. Huawei seems to have put a lot of thought into designing the device.
For PC-like powerful performance, running Android 9.0 Pie, Galaxy Fold comes equipped with a high-powered, next-generation application processor (AP) chipset and 12GB of RAM while Mate X is fuelled by the company-owned Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled Kirin 980 processor.