Samsung announced earlier this week that it will try to launch the Galaxy Fold again, this time in September. After delaying the launch of the device a few days before the April 26 release date, it returned to the drawing board to make some improvements. The company has extended the plastic film on the internal screen beyond the phone frames. This will prevent it from taking off, which many influential people have done with their review units, which has caused them to stop working. Samsung has also covered the openings in the top and bottom of the hinge of the device to prevent debris from entering the Galaxy Fold; This happened to at least one influencer who noticed that the debris caused a bulge on the internal 7.3-inch screen. Samsung has also reinforced the screen by adding layers of metal under the Infinity Flex screen and reduced the space between the hinge and the body of the phone.
The Huawei Mate X should also be launched in September. Originally scheduled for launch in June, the external folding device (unlike the Galaxy Fold internal folding) was delayed for three months. During the time Mate X was out of the game, Huawei apparently revised the device. A photo published on Weibo shows the head of Huawei’s consumer division, Richard Yu, who is holding the phone.
On the back, it appears that a fourth camera has been added and is reported as a flight time sensor (ToF). This measures the time it takes for the infrared rays to bounce off a subject and return to the phone. This data can be used to produce 3D maps for a secure face recognition system and an improved bokeh effect on portraits. And the material that houses the chamber unit and which covers the hinge in the middle of the Mate X now appears to be carbon fiber (or perhaps a material made to look like carbon fiber).
Which Phone Will Be Launched First, The Samsung Galaxy Fold or The Huawei Mate X?
Huawei Mate X will be priced at $2,600 USD compared to the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. However, unlike the foldable Samsung, Mate X will not be available in the US. You will have the Android version of Google Play Services since you obtained the license before the company stopped banning access to your US supply chain in May. Folded, the front screen measures 6.6 inches with a resolution of 1148 x 2480 pixels. The rear screen weighs 6.4 inches and has a resolution of 892 x 2480. When fully open, Mate X becomes an 8-inch tablet with an almost square resolution of 2200 x 2480. The phone works with Huawei technology Kirin 980 SoC; This is the same chipset that you will find in Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. It will be equipped with 8 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage space. Those looking for additional storage space can access the 256 GB microSD slot of the phone’s capacity.
In addition to the ToF sensor, the rear camera will consist of a 40 MP main camera (with an aperture of f/1.8), an 8 MP camera with 3x optical zoom and a 16 MP wide-angle camera. Mate X will support 5G connectivity and will be equipped with a 4500 mAh battery.
Neither Samsung nor Huawei will be the first to launch a folding phone. This happened last year with the launch of Royale FlexPai. But both producers would like to be known as the first major manufacturer to launch a folding phone and it will be interesting to see if Samsung or Huawei prevail. The good news for consumers is that both companies returned to the drawing board and made some changes to their devices. This demonstrates the seriousness of both companies. If the folding segment will finally be more than a niche market, the first devices from companies like Samsung and Huawei should leave a good impression on consumers.
(Via: Android Police)
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