I've finally been able to spend some really time with Huawei's foldable mate X and up to an entire day using it all over Paris.
I've got to admit it's damn cool.
I'll start with the obvious, the actual folding mechanism.
The Mate X's screen folds backwards on itself in stark contrast to Samsung's Galaxy Fold which closes in on itself like a book.
Now we can debate all we want about which method is best but this isn't a comparison video so I'm just gonna tell you what I think is best about the Mate X's method.
First of all that folding process just looks amazing.
The way the screen bends back around and itself without any kind of distortion to the images on screen is awesome.
And I love the way the interface no matter what you're looking at instantly resizes into the correct mode.
When I first saw this NBC earlier in the year had this genuine rush of excitement about seeing something that looked so futuristic.
Months later and even having owns the galaxy fold since its launch.
I no less excited about the way the main expense.
Trust me when I say that the moment you get this out of the box, you'll just want to fold it unfolded again and again and again.
Your mentor wants to have a go, your colleagues will want to go and, and again I am speaking from experience here.
Random strangers in cafes will want to go.
There's more to life than just its ability to impress.
By folding backwards as it does, that big screen is essentially split in half, giving you a 6.6 inch screen is regular phone format, outsizing all but the biggest phablet giants.
As a result, videos and photos on it look great, particularly cuz there's no notch interrupting the view.
Having a big screen in phone mode makes it comfortable to use even in one hand, which is great when you're walking around the city also didn't struggle to slide it into my jeans pocket.
The downside though is that by folding outwards, that screen is permanently The display itself is bright, vibrant, pin sharp and even under the bright lights of my hotel room and later under the admittedly gray sky of winter in Paris, I didn't struggle to read what was on screen.
Watching videos in phone mode is great, but of course when you fold it out into its full eight inches, those videos become significantly more immersive.
I really loved checking out the images I shot on my day out in the city on that big screen to allow it to bend.
It's covered in plastic, not glass.
And as we've seen in the galaxy fold, there are some noticeable ripples on the screen surface when it lays flat, but they're much less pronounced that on the fold and in my extended hands on throughout the whole day, rarely noticed them and never found them to be a distraction.
If I was really nitpicking which of course I am, I'd say that the folding mechanic is a bit stiff.
Bending it backwards from its tablet mode feels like you're having to force it more than it really wants.
And I my first few attempts, I wasn't sure if I was even doing it properly.
That said, I do like that a class called that securely and phone for There's an easy to reach button that you'll press to release it and fold back out the cameras or shows into a vertical five bar which I did find to be a handy gripping point in tablet mode also means the cameras Don't interrupt the display with not just not even for selfies as he just turned the phone over and take them with the main camera camera lineup as much as same as always p 30.
Pro with a standard and a zoo and a wide angle lens.
And a gig of RAM.
But it's not internal specs that are important here.
It's all about that band and having spent all day with the phone.
I am very confident in saying that this is my favorite foldable phone I've used so far.
It's China only availability means I'm not likely to add one to my permanent collection anytime soon.
And that is a real shame.
My time with it has left me extremely excited by what we'll see from folding devices in the years to come.