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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is coming to Malaysia, and here are its official price and pre-order deal!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze in Malaysia.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 (about US$1,918 / £1,476 / A$2,636 / S$2,622).

It will be available for retail purchase starting 25 September 2020, with pre-orders beginning on 11 September 2020 at :

Every pre-order of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, from now until 24 September 2020, will come with these freebies :

  • one FREE pair of Galaxy Buds Live (worth RM699)
  • one FREE Montblanc Card Holder (worth RM655)

In addition, every Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with Galaxy Z Concierge, which gives you :

  • 24/7 one-on-one assistance from Samsung experts
  • One-time Inner Screen Crack Protection against accidental damage within one year of purchase.
    Note : The protection does not include the exterior screen.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Comparison!

Samsung just unveiled their next-generation foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with two colour options!

Take a look at both the signature Mystic Bronze and the classic Mystic Black colour options for the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Comparison

We had the opportunity to get up close with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and here is our quick video comparison of both colour options!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available globally in September 2020, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled their next-generation foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with larger cover and main displays!

Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It naturally comes with a bevy of improvements, which should hopefully correct many of the criticisms of their first effort.

Larger Cover + Main Screens

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but comes with a slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen and much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen.

The Main Screen looks much larger, because of the narrow bezels and the removal of the large notch. On top of that, it now adaptively changes its refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz.

Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) now protects the Main Screen, making it more durable and giving it a more refined feel (so they say!).

Hideaway Hinge + Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 utilises the Hideaway Hinge with a dual-cam design, first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip. This enables its free standing capabilities, including its new Flex mode.

The Hideaway Hinge also features sweeper technology from the Galaxy Z Flip – protecting the hinge by repelling dust and dirt. It uses a third-generation design to deliver the same protection in a smaller space.

Finally, Samsung is letting you customise your Galaxy Z Fold 2 with four Hideaway Hinge colours – Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red and Metallic Blue.

Flagship Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a bevy of cameras :

  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4

The main camera features a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger than that used in the Galaxy Z Flip, which allows for better low-light performance.

It also comes with the same flagship camera features introduced in the Galaxy Note 20 smartphones – Pro Video, Single Take, Bright Night and Night Mode.

Multitasking Galore

The large Main Screen allows for significant multitasking capabilities :

  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

Galaxy Z Premier Service

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 users will have access to Galaxy Z Premier Service, with on-demand concierge support from a dedicated team of product experts.

You can make appointments, to connect one-on-one with Samsung experts. On top of that, you will have one-time device protection against accidental display damage for one year.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 boasts a slew of improved technologies, including Ultra-Thin Glass and a new hideaway hinge with sweeper technology.

Join Samsung mobile experts who will help to explain the key technologies of the new Galaxy Z Fold2 foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It naturally comes with a bevy of improvements, which should hopefully correct many of the criticisms of their first effort.

It is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, now protected by Ultra-Thin Glass; and a much larger 6.2-inch cover display.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB of internal storage, as well as a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

Samsung arranged for their experts to help explain what’s new in the Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone in these videos.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Cameras + Flex Mode

The foldable design will give you greater flexibility in using the Galaxy Z Fold2’s cameras :

  • the Flex mode lets you take group selfies or long exposure photos without a tripod,
  • Capture View mode lets you preview what you are recording live,
  • Dual Preview lets you use both main display and cover display simultaneously, and
  • Rear Cam Selfie lets you use the rear camera for high-resolution selfies,

The new rear camera also comes with a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger, allowing for better low-light performance.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Design

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, thanks to smaller bezels.

On top of that, the team also removed the large display notch, replacing it with a tiny punch hole for the front camera.

Finally, the Mystic Bronze colour option comes with the haze finish – an advanced surface treatment, with a satin matte finish.

Users will be allowed to personalise their devices using customisable hideaway hinges, with five colour options – Metallic Red, Metallic Silver, Mystic Bronze, Metallic Gold and Metallic Blue.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hinge + Sweeper Mechanism

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 now uses a dual cam mechanism, which was first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip.

It is also now built with a stronger retention force to maintain the 180 degree angle, and prevent the device from accidentally folding.

The built-in sweeper mechanism protects the dual cam hinge by repelling dirt and dust, while being sturdy and reliable enough to last more than 200,000 folds and unfolds.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Multitasking Capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 also comes with improved software to support its larger, dual displays.

  • Multi-Window Tray and Edge Panel were integrated, letting you run an application in full screen / split / pop-up screens, as you prefer
  • The Multi-Active Screen capability lets you perform actions like drag and drop.
  • The Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of a window, instead of the entire display
  • New Pop-Up Window design minimises finger movements while using the large display.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Preview : Unfolding With Style!

We had the opportunity to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and here is our up-close and personal look at Samsung’s second foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Preview : Unfolding With Style!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the second Samsung foldable smartphone, and the first from their new Z series with a different folding design.

Foldable Glass Display with Ultra Thin Glass

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex display, with bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG).

There have been suggestions that it’s really plastic, but that’s not true. There is simply a plastic film over the Ultra Thin Glass.

Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a Hideaway Hinge that is backed by a dual CAM mechanism to ensure a smooth and stable folding and unfolding process.

This Hideaway Hinge also lets the Z Flip stay open at any angle you want, and comes with Sweeper technology – nylon fibres designed to repel dirt and dust!

New Flex Mode

Leveraging its forward folding form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip will switch to the Flex mode when it is in the free standing mode.

The display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens, so you can view photos or videos in the top half, and control them or perform actions on the bottom half!

Performance, RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 855 offering better CPU and graphics performance.

  • its single prime Kryo 485 Gold CPU core has a slightly faster clock speed of 2.96 GHz
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with 8 GB LPDDR4 memory, and 256 GB of internal storage.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Cameras!

In the front, it has a 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. In the back, it has a dual camera system that consists of :

  • 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with f/1.8 aperture and OIS
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture

Its foldable form factor also allows you to use it for low-angle shots, and have it stand without a tripod!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Main Display 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display
– Dynamic AMOLED panel
– 1080 x 2636 pixels (425 ppi)
Cover Display 1.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 300 x 112 pixels (303 ppi)
Protection NA
Operating System Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
CPU 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.95 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.41 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.78 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB internal storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera 10 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture
Rear Cameras Dual Camera System
12 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, HDR10+
12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Cat16 DL : 1 Gbps / LTE Cat13 UL : 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
(2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
SIM Support Single nano SIM + eSIM
Fingerprint Sensor Capacitive, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, RGB Light
Battery 3,300 mAh LiPo battery
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
73.6 mm wide
167.3 mm tall
7.2 mm thick
Dimensions
(Folded)
73.6 mm wide
87.4 mm tall
17.3 mm thick
Weight 183 g
Colour Options Mirror Purple / Mirror Black / Mirror Gold

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities in the Mirror Purple and Mirror Black colours, starting in the US and Korea from 14 February 2020 onwards. That will be followed by Mirror Gold in select countries.

It has a recommended retail price of US$1,379.99 / 1.65 million won globally, which is approximately SGD 1,919 / £1,059 / A$2,049. It is available in Malaysia for RM 5,888.

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HUAWEI Mate Xs Foldable Smartphone : Hands-On Preview!

We recently had access (for a limited time) with a few HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphones, and here is our hands-on preview!

We will also share with you EVERYTHING you need to know about the HUAWEI Mate Xs, including its specifications and price!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s start with our hands-on experience with the new HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone. Be sure to check out how the Falcon Wing mechanism works, and look at how flat the display looks after it’s fully unfolded!

The only buttons you will find on the Mate Xs are located along the right edge – the Power button which doubles as the fingerprint sensor, and the Volume control buttons.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a dual-slot hybrid card tray at the top. It supports two nano SIM cards, or a single nano SIM card and an NM card (for additional storage of up to 256 GB).

Even though it comes with a substantial camera bar on the right side, there is no 3.5 mm audio jack. Only a USB Type C, which supports USB 3.1 Gen1 – basically USB 3.0.

There is no “front camera”, because of its foldable design – you can just flip it over and use the back display and the “rear cameras” for selfies. This gives you great flexibility because the Leica quad camera system offers :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

But its main killer feature is the ability to unfold the display to create a large, tablet-like 8-inch OLED display!

When folded, the front display is 6.6-inch in size, while the rear display is 6.38-inch in size.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Improved HUAWEI Mate X!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

Instead of pairing the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip, the HUAWEI Mate Xs uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat.

Leica Quad Camera System

The Leica quad camera system which works as both front and rear cameras offer great flexibility due to its mix of cameras :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs against its predecessor, the HUAWEI Mate X.

Specifications HUAWEI Mate Xs HUAWEI Mate X
Display 8-inch OLED display : 2200 x 2480 pixels
Folded main screen : 6.6-inch (1148 x 2480 pixels)
Folded secondary screen : 6.38-inch (892 x 2480 pixels)
Operating System EMUI 10.0.1 EMUI 9.1.1
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP24
NPU 2 x Big Core + 1 x Tiny Core 2 x Big Core
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 512 GB internal storage
NM Card slot (Up to 256 GB)
Front Camera None
Rear Cameras Leica Quad Camera System
– 40 MP main camera (f/1.8)
– 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
– 8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
– ToF camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity 5G NR : Sub 6 GHz
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side Mounted
Other Sensors Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity,
Gravity, Hall, Infrared, Ambient Light,
Barometer, Colour Temperature
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
55W fast charging
Dimensions 78.5 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
11 mm thick
Weight 300 g

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is available in select countries, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 11,111
  • Australia : A$4,099
  • Europe : €2,499

That works out roughly to US$2,699 / £2,899 / S$3,699.

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HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Deals In Malaysia!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone is here in Malaysia, and here is everything you need to know about its price, deals and availability!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : A Quick Primer!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

Instead of pairing the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip, the HUAWEI Mate Xs uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat.

The Leica quad camera system which works as both front and rear cameras offer great flexibility due to its mix of cameras :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + VIP Home Delivery Service

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is available across Malaysia starting from 20 March 2020, with a recommended retail price of RM 11,111, which is roughly US$2,529 / £2,179 / A$4,324 / S$3,675.

Every HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth RM 679
  • Envelope Leather Case worth RM 299

Here are some online purchase options :

To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, HUAWEI is offering a VIP Home Delivery Service.

You can choose to either have your Mate Xs delivered right to your doorstep, or collect it at the nearest HUAWEI store.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Partner Deals In Malaysia!

CIMB

Purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs using your CIMB credit card at this website, and receive :

  • One HUAWEI GT2 smartwatch
  • 10X CIMB Bonus points for eligible cards

* Promotion is limited to the first 20 units.

Bonia

Be among the first 20 people to purchase a limited-edition HUAWEI Mate Xs at Bonia’s Pavilion Store and receive :

  • a bespoke pouch and a bespoke earphone case
  • RM 6,000 cash voucher

Those who purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs beyond Bonia’s Pavilion store will receive :

  • 20% cash voucher with a Mystery Gift

Malaysia Airlines

Purchase a HUAWEI Mate Xs and be rewarded with a one-time upgrade to Business Class, with purchase of an Economy Flex ticket.

  • Only applicable for travel from Kuala Lumpur to China / Japan / Korea / Taiwan / Hong Kong
  • The prize ticket is only applicable to the original date the Economy Flex ticket was purchased and submitted during the campaign period.

Maxis

Get your HUAWEI Mate Xs for just RM 430 a month with the Maxis Zerolution RM 188 plan.

Celcom

Get your HUAWEI Mate Xs at RM 7,888 with the Celcom MEGA Plan.

Senheng + Harvey Norman

Purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs and receive a FREE HUAWEI GT2 smartwatch.

 

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HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : What’s Different?

The HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone has been announced, and will soon be here!

But what’s the difference between the HUAWEI Mate Xs, and the HUAWEI Mate X? Let’s find out!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : What’s Different?

Let’s start with our hands-on experience with the new HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone. You won’t be able to tell the HUAWEI Mate Xs from the HUAWEI Mate X by touching and feeling them – they both look and feel identical.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

The HUAWEI Mate X pairs the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip. While that offers 5G connectivity and a good mobile platform, the separate chips mean higher power consumption and thermal output.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs, on the other hand, uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, which has a multi-mode 5G modem built in. It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections. The HUAWEI Mate X does not appear to feature this cooling design.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat in the HUAWEI Mate Xs.

So that’s really all that have changed from the HUAWEI Mate X to the new HUAWEI Mate Xs.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs against its predecessor, the HUAWEI Mate X.

Specifications HUAWEI Mate Xs HUAWEI Mate X
Display 8-inch OLED display : 2200 x 2480 pixels
Folded main screen : 6.6-inch (1148 x 2480 pixels)
Folded secondary screen : 6.38-inch (892 x 2480 pixels)
Operating System EMUI 10.0.1 EMUI 9.1.1
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP24
NPU 2 x Big Core + 1 x Tiny Core 2 x Big Core
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 512 GB internal storage
NM Card slot (Up to 256 GB)
Front Camera None
Rear Cameras Leica Quad Camera System
– 40 MP main camera (f/1.8)
– 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
– 8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
– ToF camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity 5G NR : Sub 6 GHz
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side Mounted
Other Sensors Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity,
Gravity, Hall, Infrared, Ambient Light,
Barometer, Colour Temperature
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
55W fast charging
Dimensions 78.5 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
11 mm thick
Weight 300 g

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Availability

HUAWEI did not reveal when the Mate Xs would be available, but they confirmed that it has a MSRP of €2,499, which works out to roughly US$2,699 / £2,899 / A$3,999 / S$3,699 / RM 10,999.

 

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HUAWEI Mate Xs : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

Right after HUAWEI announced their new Mate Xs foldable smartphone, we had exclusive access to a few of these new foldable devices… for a short time.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HUAWEI Mate Xs, including our video preview, and two official HUAWEI promo videos!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Improved HUAWEI Mate X!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

Instead of pairing the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip, the HUAWEI Mate Xs uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC.

This not only reduces the amount of power used, the Kirin 990 5G also offers better CPU and NPU performance.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs against its predecessor, the HUAWEI Mate X.

Specifications HUAWEI Mate Xs HUAWEI Mate X
Display 8-inch OLED display : 2200 x 2480 pixels
Folded main screen : 6.6-inch (1148 x 2480 pixels)
Folded secondary screen : 6.38-inch (892 x 2480 pixels)
Operating System EMUI 10.0.1 EMUI 9.1.1
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP24
NPU 2 x Big Core + 1 x Tiny Core 2 x Big Core
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 512 GB internal storage
NM Card slot (Up to 256 GB)
Front Camera None
Rear Cameras Leica Quad Camera System
– 40 MP main camera (f/1.8)
– 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
– 8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
– ToF camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity 5G NR : Sub 6 GHz
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side Mounted
Other Sensors Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity,
Gravity, Hall, Infrared, Ambient Light,
Barometer, Colour Temperature
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
55W fast charging
Dimensions 78.5 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
11 mm thick
Weight 300 g

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Availability

HUAWEI did not reveal when the Mate Xs would be available, but they confirmed that it has a MSRP of €2,499, which works out to roughly US$2,699 / £2,899 / A$3,999 / S$3,699 / RM 10,999.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

Together with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip – their second foldable smartphone.

Let’s take a quick look at the important stuff you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the second Samsung foldable smartphone, and the first from their new Z series with a different folding design.

Foldable Glass Display with Ultra Thin Glass

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex display, with bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG).

There have been suggestions that it’s really plastic, but that’s not true. There is simply a plastic film over the Ultra Thin Glass.

Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a Hideaway Hinge that is backed by a dual CAM mechanism to ensure a smooth and stable folding and unfolding process.

This Hideaway Hinge also lets the Z Flip stay open at any angle you want, and comes with Sweeper technology – nylon fibres designed to repel dirt and dust!

New Flex Mode

Leveraging its forward folding form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip will switch to the Flex mode when it is in the free standing mode.

The display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens, so you can view photos or videos in the top half, and control them or perform actions on the bottom half!

Performance, RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 855 offering better CPU and graphics performance.

  • its single prime Kryo 485 Gold CPU core has a slightly faster clock speed of 2.96 GHz
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with 8 GB LPDDR4 memory, and 256 GB of internal storage.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Cameras!

In the front, it has a 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. In the back, it has a dual camera system that consists of :

  • 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with f/1.8 aperture and OIS
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture

Its foldable form factor also allows you to use it for low-angle shots, and have it stand without a tripod!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Main Display 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display
– Dynamic AMOLED panel
– 1080 x 2636 pixels (425 ppi)
Cover Display 1.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 300 x 112 pixels (303 ppi)
Protection NA
Operating System Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
CPU 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.95 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.41 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.78 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB internal storage
Front Camera 10 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture
Rear Cameras Dual Camera System
– 12 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, HDR10+
– 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Cat16 DL : 1 Gbps / LTE Cat13 UL : 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
(2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Capacitive, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, RGB Light
Battery 3,300 mAh LiPo battery
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
73.6 mm wide
167.3 mm tall
7.2 mm thick
Dimensions
(Folded)
73.6 mm wide
87.4 mm tall
17.3 mm thick
Weight 183 g
Colour Options Mirror Purple / Mirror Black / Mirror Gold

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a recommended retail price of US$1,379.99 / 1.65 million won, which is approximately RM 5,699 / SGD 1,919 / £1,059 / A$2,049.

It will be available in limited quantities in the Mirror Purple and Mirror Black colours, starting in the US and Korea from 14 February 2020 onwards. That will be followed by Mirror Gold in select countries.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide For First Time Users!

The Samsung Galaxy Fold introduces a new concept – a foldable design, with a foldable display. To showcase what you can do with it, here is our Samsung Galaxy Fold guide for first time users!

With some help from Samsung, we will take you from the moment of unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Fold, through its various usage possibilities.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 1 : Unboxing

Samsung promises a premium and eco-friendly experience from the get-go. The packaging for the Samsung Galaxy Fold is not only premium, it is made entirely from eco-friendly materials.

Before you start using it though, Samsung strongly advises you to read the User Guide and Care Instruction inside the box.

They will provide you with an introduction to the Galaxy Fold’s folding display mechanism, and teach you how to use it properly to avoid damage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 2 : Getting A Grip

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is designed with an identical volume on all four sides of the device to provide the best grip possible.

When folded, Samsung points out that the Galaxy Fold is narrower than conventional smartphones at just 62.8 mm, which should allow for easier one-handed usage.

You will notice that Samsung placed the Volume and Power buttons as well as the fingerprint sensor on the right side of the Galaxy Fold.

These buttons can be customised according to your preference through Settings > Advanced Features, but by default :

  • pressing the Power button twice launches the Camera app
  • a long press of the Power button launches Bixby

One advantage of having two displays in one device is that you can set two custom home screens – one for the cover display, and one for the main display.

This allows you to select the most useful apps for one-handed use, and a different set of apps when you need to multitask on the big main display.

You can also set the navigation bar in the main display to the middle, left-side or right-side through Settings > Display > My Navigation Bar > Adjustment.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 3 : Switching Seamlessly

Samsung developed a new UX for the Galaxy Fold, which includes App Continuity.

App Continuity allows you to check an email notification on the cover display, and have it display automatically with a virtual keyboard, when you unfold the main display to respond.

It works both ways – after you plan a trip on Google Maps (for example) on the main display, you can fold the phone and have Google Maps display your route on the cover display automatically.

To enable App Continuity, go to Settings > Display > Continue apps on the cover display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 4 : Using The Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with SIX cameras – three for selfies, and three at the back.

The cover display has a dedicated camera for tracking a quick selfie. But if you open up the main display, you gain access to dual cameras that let you capture a wider-angle with Live Focus capability.

The Galaxy Fold’s main display allows for an expansive view of subject when you are using the rear triple cameras.

You can also take photos in any orientation – the Galaxy Fold will automatically move the shutter button to an optimised position, as you switch to landscape or portrait mode.

You can also press and drag the shutter button to move it to a preferred location!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 5 : Harnessing The Large Display

The main appeal of foldable phones is they allow for a much larger display in a smaller form factor.

Unfortunately, we were not amongst the lucky few to get some hands-on time with the improved Galaxy Fold, but Samsung assured us that users will be impressed with the large 7.3-inch display.

Beyond its size, the main display uses a Dynamic AMOLED panel – the best in the industry, with HDR10+ colour and Dynamic Tone Mapping. It is also a TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display with reduced blue light emissions.

To enjoy a cinematic viewing experience, don’t forget to drag down the upper notification window to turn on the Dolby Atmos feature. You can then enjoy an expanded soundscape through its AKG-tune stereo speakers.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 6 : Multitasking

To help you multitask, Samsung Galaxy Fold has a Multi-Active Window feature that lets you use multiple active apps simultaneously.

Swipe the right-hand side of the main display to access the Multi Window Tray. It lists both your recently-used apps, as well as a View All button to see all apps that support Multi Window.

You can customise your favourite Multi Window apps within the tray using Settings > Advanced Features > Multi Window Tray.

You can then drag and drop up to three apps into the desired position and order on the display.

Furthermore, once you launch those apps, you can adjust the size of the app’s window by pressing the handle at the top of each window.

The Galaxy Fold supports up to three Multi Windows, as well as five pop-up windows. That means you can actually launch and use up to eight applications simultaneously!

To access pop-up windows, open the Multi Window Tray, and drag the app you need to the centre of the main display. It will become a pop-up window!

These pop-up windows can also be made transparent, so you can see and make use of the Multi-Active Windows behind.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 6 : Next-Level Productivity

For greater productivity, power users can try out the Dual Messenger feature, which lets you keep your work and personal messages in separate windows using the Multi Window option.

You can also respond to alarms and notifications – when a notification message appears, you can drag it down into a Multi-Active Window to seamlessly respond or reply without interrupting your other apps.

To enable this Smart Pop-Up View feature, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Pop-Up View.

Samsung would like us to remind all Galaxy Fold users that you need not worry about its multitasking performance.

Powered by the fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform with 12 GB of RAM, it is more than capable of handling multiple apps – all running at the same time!

Recommended : The Tech ARP Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability

If you have not purchased your Samsung Galaxy Fold yet, here are their official launch prices :

  • South Korea : ₩ 2,398,000 (5G model)
  • United States : US$ 1,980
  • United Kingdom : £ 1,799
  • Malaysia : RM 8,388

And here are some direct purchase links :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Pre-Order For Malaysia!

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Smartphone Preview!

After months of re-engineering, Samsung just launched the Galaxy Fold – their first foldable smartphone.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the improved Samsung Galaxy Fold, including the official hands-on video, price and availability!

 

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Its killer feature is the eponymous foldable display, which promises to revolutionise how we use our smartphones.

When folded, its 4.6-inch cover display lets you use it like any other smartphone. But when you need a larger display, just unfold it to reveal its massive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display!

According to Samsung, the combination of a cover display, and the large inner Infinity Flex display allows for better multitasking possibilities.

And here is a look at how much easier it is to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Fold cameras, and the larger Infinity Flex display.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-On Video!

Sadly, we were not one of the few given the chance to try it out in person, but Samsung shared with us the official hands-on video that showcases its key features :

As you can see, its folding design allows for a different user experience with new possibilities. That’s why we came up with a guide for first-time users.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Fold
DisplayMain Display
- 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display
- 1536 x 2152 pixels (362 ppi)
Cover Display
-4.6-inch Super AMOLED display
- 720 x 1680 pixels (399 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver (1.78 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640
Memory12 GB LPDDR4X-4266
Storage512 GB (UFS 3.0)
Front CamerasDual Lens Camera
- 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 8 MP depth sensor with f/1.9 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP Dual Aperture camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
SIM CapabilityLTE : One eSIM + one nano SIM
5G : One nano SIM
NetworkLTE : 2x2 MIMO, 6CA, Cat18
- up to 1.2 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL
5G : Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub-6 GHz
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
BatteryLTE : 4,380 mAh dual battery
5G : 4,235 mAh dual battery
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Power button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
NFC / Samsung PayYes / Yes
DimensionsFolded : 62.8 mm x 160.9 mm x 15.7 to 17.1 mm
Unfolded : 117.9 mm x 160.9 mm x 7.6 mm
Weight276 grams
Colour OptionsCosmos Black / Space Silver

 

How Durable Is The Samsung Galaxy Fold?

In contrast to HUAWEI Mate X‘s outward folding design, the inward-folding design places great stress on the seam.

Would it be able to withstand being folded many times a day? Would it break into half, like a paper clip that has been unfolded and folded too many times?

Recommended : The Tech ARP Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

The Initial Samsung Infinity Flex Qualifying Test

Here is a look at the special folding test that basically used robots to fold and unfold the Infinity Flex samples repeatedly, to see if it would withstand at least 200,000 folds and unfolds.

It took these hardworking robots a full week to complete the test!

According to Samsung, the folding test was successful, proving that their foldable display is more than tough enough to withstand daily use.

Why 200,000 folds and unfolds? That threshold was based on the requirement that the foldable display be able to withstand 100 folds and unfolds a day for at least 5 years.

Unfortunately, the Infinity Flex display of production units proved to be still too fragile for mainstream use, and its launch was delayed.

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Launch Delay + Fix Explained!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Re-Engineered

Samsung spent the last 4.5 months re-engineering the Infinity Flex display, making it tough enough to handle not only the abuse of regular use, but also the natural follies of human nature.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.

The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.

Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.

The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service

Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy Fold Premier Service, which gives you exclusive access to specialised customer care :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service Explained!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability

Samsung is making the Fold available in these countries at these dates :

  • 6 September 2019 : South Korea
  • 18 September 2019 : France, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom
  • 16 October 2019 : Malaysia

And here are the launch prices :

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  • South Korea : ₩ 2,398,000 (5G model)
  • United States : US$ 1,980
  • United Kingdom : £ 1,799
  • Malaysia : RM 8,388

Here are some direct purchase links :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Pre-Order For Malaysia!

 

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The Tech ARP Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

Samsung just shared with us the official care guidelines for their first foldable smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Fold!

If you are one of the exclusive few to own a Galaxy Fold, please make sure you read and follow these care instructions! As this graphic suggests – just use a light touch!

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Fold

The killer feature of the Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY) is its eponymous foldable display, which promises to revolutionise how we use our smartphones.

When folded, its 4.6-inch cover display lets you use it like any other smartphone. But when you need a larger display, just unfold it to reveal its massive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display!

According to Samsung, the combination of a cover display, and the large inner Infinity Flex display allows for better multitasking possibilities.

And here is a look at how much easier it is to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Fold cameras, and the larger Infinity Flex display.

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Smartphone Preview!

 

The Official Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

Samsung shared with us these tips on how to care for the Galaxy Fold, to ensure its longevity.

Galaxy Fold Care Tip #1 : Use A Light Touch!

The large Infinity Flex display is made up of multiple bonded polymer layers that allow the screen to be folded.

These polymer layers are tissue-thin, and are unprotected by the hard glass that we are all used to in our smartphones.

Therefore, you need to refrain from pressing the Infinity Flex display with a hard or sharp object like a pen, or fingernail.

Even when you use your finger, do NOT apply “excessive pressure”. Samsung did not define what they mean by “excessive pressure”, but we recommend “a light touch” – just enough pressure to trigger the action.

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Galaxy Fold Care Tip #2 : Don’t Make A Sandwich!

Before you fold the Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY), please make sure you did not accidentally place any objects like cards, coins or keys on the display.

Sandwiching objects with the display will damage it, because again, the screen is made up of thin polymer layers that are unprotected by hard glass.

Galaxy Fold Care Tip #3 : Protect The Hinge!

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY) features a special hinge which uses multiple interlocking gears, like those used in mechanical watches.

Unfortunately, the design does not allow the hinge to be sealed, so you need to keep it clear of liquids and dust.

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Galaxy Fold Care Tip #4 : Don’t Peel The Screen Protector!

The Infinity Flex display comes protected by a plastic screen protector out-of-the-box.

Do NOT remove this screen protector, or apply an additional screen protector on top of it!

Galaxy Fold Care Tip #5 : Be Careful, Magneto At Work!

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY) uses multiple magnets for a smooth folding experience. They may pose a danger to magnetically-sensitive items like credit cards and implanted medical devices.

You are advised not to place the Galaxy Fold next to your credit cards, or sensitive medical devices.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service Explained!

In addition to a user’s guide for the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung is also introducing the Galaxy Fold Premier Service!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY) is the first foldable smartphone from Samsung, and in a rush to be out before the HUAWEI Mate X, had been rushed into production before it was ready.

After a few months of re-engineering the Galaxy Fold, Samsung relaunched the Galaxy Fold with a few improvements. One of them – the new Galaxy Fold Premier Service.

Samsung shared with us the full details of Galaxy Fold Premier Service for Malaysia, which may differ slightly from country to country. But generally, they offer :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service For Malaysia

Upon purchase, Samsung Galaxy Fold (US | UK | AU | MY) owners will have the opportunity to consult with a dedicated specialist who will walk you through the Galaxy Fold, in-box materials, and included accessories.

They can guide you through the Smart Switch function so that your contacts, photos, apps, and more are smoothly transitioned from your existing mobile device to your new Galaxy Fold.

They will also demonstrate how to use the Galaxy Fold’s key features and will provide advice on how to take care of your new device.

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In addition, every Samsung Galaxy Fold owner will receive the Galaxy Fold Premier Service, which consists of four key benefits :

Benefit Details
24/7 Premium Careline Customers may request for assistance, or make enquiries about the Galaxy Fold 24/7 through :
  • Telephone : 1800-88-7799 (Samsung Careline)
  • Online Chat : Samsung Members app or the Samsung website
One-Time FREE Inner Screen Replacement Every customer is entitled to a one-time FREE inner screen replacement or repair within 12 months from the date of purchase.
However, there are two caveats :

a) you need to register and log into Samsung Members, and select the Screen Crack Protection benefit.
b) even with the free screen replacement, you will need to pay RM 600 (~$143 / ~£113) for manpower costs.

If you do not obtain the screen protection e-certificate, you will need to pay the full cost of repairing or replacing the display, as well as the manpower fee

Free Onsite Pick-up and Delivery For the first 12 months from the date of purchase, customers may request for the free onsite pick-up and delivery of their Galaxy Fold for service support.
Just call the Samsung Careline at 1800-88-7799
Priority Express Samsung Galaxy Fold customers will get priority to be serviced first at Samsung Service Centers

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Launch Delay + Fix Explained!

Here is the story of how the Samsung Galaxy Fold went from being the world’s first mass-produced foldable smartphone, to being delayed indefinitely… and the fix Samsung came up with!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold – From Sneak Peek To Launch Delay

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a foldable display. It would not only debut earlier than the HUAWEI Mate X foldable smartphone, it would also be cheaper.

Before Samsung released it for sale worldwide, they gave a few lucky celebrities a sneak peek of it through First Fold: Samsung Galaxy Fold Celebrity Unboxing!

They also gave out a few units to reviewers, but that didn’t turn out so well.

A few tore off the plastic film covering the display, which turned out to be essential to its function.

At least one reviewer reported his display started bulging for no reason. There were also reports of debris getting under the display.

Although some reviewers have no issues with their Galaxy Fold samples, the situation was optically toxic, and Samsung had to officially announce a launch delay while they regroup, and analyse what went wrong with the review samples.

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide For First Time Users!

 

Is The Galaxy Fold Folding Design At Fault?

Yes, but not for the reason most people think of.

Which Folding Method Is Better?

Unlike the HUAWEI Mate X, the Galaxy Fold’s display folds inwards. Pundits criticised this design choice for putting more stress on the display, and requiring a second, smaller front display – both of which the HUAWEI Mate X avoids.

However, their design has a major advantage – it actually protects the delicate OLED display from damage when folded.

The foldable display is, by necessity, covered with plastic instead of glass. This means it is much more vulnerable to scratches and blunt force.

By folding the display inwards, the Galaxy Fold helps to protect the delicate display. The HUAWEI Mate X, conversely, has its foldable display on the outside, exposing it to much greater risks of bering damaged.

The Plastic Film

The notorious plastic film that some reviewers thought was just a screen protector is actually a critical component of the display.

It is, literally, the plastic replacement for what was traditionally a tough protective glass layer (e.g. Gorilla Glass).

This plastic layer is the only thing that protects the delicate OLED panel from damage. Removing it will damage the display, or soon render it inoperative.

Sticker + Guide

Samsung said that retail Galaxy Fold units will come with a warning sticker that reminds users not to peel off the plastic film.

They will also be including a guide to teach users how to properly use the foldable display.

A Potential Galaxy Fold Fix?

We recommended a potential fix for Samsung to consider, that would have maintained the current design, and yet offer greater protection to the display.

They need the protective layer to be thin and flexible, because it must fold together with the display panel. Glass currently cannot accomplish this feat.

However, Samsung can consider applying a tough glass cover on most of the foldable display, leaving only the plastic film along the middle seam. This would offer the display greatly improved protection, while still allowing it to fold.

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The Final Samsung Galaxy Fold Fix

After 4.5 months of re-engineering the Galaxy Fold display, Samsung came up with this fix :

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.

The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.

Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.

The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.

Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy Fold Premier Service, which gives you exclusive access to specialised customer care :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone

We presume that the one-to-one session will be made somewhat mandatory, so that Samsung experts can teach users how to use and maintain the Infinity Flex display.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Pre-Order For Malaysia!

After launching the re-engineered Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone in several countries around the world, Samsung is now launching it here in Malaysia!

Here is everything you need to know about the improved Samsung Galaxy Fold, including its price and pre-order for Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability For Malaysia!

Samsung today officially announced these price and availability details for the Galaxy Fold in Malaysia :

  • Available colours : Cosmos Black and Space Silver
  • Recommended retail price : RM 8,388 / ~US$1,999 / ~£1,629 / ~A$2,959

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Pre-Order Details For Malaysia!

Malaysian residents will be able to pre-order the Galaxy Fold starting 9 October 2019.

Step 1 : Walk into your preferred participating Samsung outlet

Step 2 : Make a RM 800 deposit (not refundable and not transferrable)

Step 3 : Collect your pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy Fold from Wednesday, 16 October 2019 until Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Every pre-ordered unit will come with a One-Time Screen Crack Replacement for 12 months, but to qualify, you must register for this benefit using the Samsung Members app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Re-Engineered

Samsung spent the last 4.5 months re-engineering the Infinity Flex display, making it tough enough to handle not only the abuse of regular use, but also the natural follies of human nature.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.

The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.

Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.

The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.

Samsung has reintroduced the improved Galaxy Fold to South Korea, followed by the UK, France, Germany and Singapore… and now, Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service

Samsung will also introduce a new Galaxy Fold Premier Service in Malaysia, which will give you exclusive access to specialised customer care :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone
  • Express Repair Service with door-to-door delivery

We presume that the one-to-one session will be made somewhat mandatory, so that Samsung experts can teach users how to use and maintain the Infinity Flex display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Fold
DisplayMain Display
- 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display
- 1536 x 2152 pixels (362 ppi)
Cover Display
-4.6-inch Super AMOLED display
- 720 x 1680 pixels (399 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver (1.78 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640
Memory12 GB LPDDR4X-4266
Storage512 GB (UFS 3.0)
Front CamerasDual Lens Camera
- 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 8 MP depth sensor with f/1.9 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP Dual Aperture camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
SIM CapabilityLTE : One eSIM + one nano SIM
5G : One nano SIM
NetworkLTE : 2x2 MIMO, 6CA, Cat18
- up to 1.2 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL
5G : Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub-6 GHz
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
BatteryLTE : 4,380 mAh dual battery
5G : 4,235 mAh dual battery
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Power button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
NFC / Samsung PayYes / Yes
DimensionsFolded : 62.8 mm x 160.9 mm x 15.7 to 17.1 mm
Unfolded : 117.9 mm x 160.9 mm x 7.6 mm
Weight276 grams
Colour OptionsCosmos Black / Space Silver

 

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The First Fold : Samsung Galaxy Fold Celebrity Unboxing!

At the exclusive First Fold event, Samsung gave a few lucky celebrities a sneak preview of the Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone! Here is a look at their experience of being the first to unbox and try out the upcoming Galaxy Fold!

 

The First Fold : Samsung Galaxy Fold Celebrity Unboxing!

No, it is not available for sale yet. But thanks to their First Fold event, we now have a first look at the Galaxy Fold through the eyes of these lucky celebrities to get their hands on one!

  • Mario Götze, German footballer and World Cup winner
  • Steve Aoki, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer
  • Millie Bobby Brown, actress and model
  • Ninja, professional gamer
  • Jeanne Damas, Parisian designer and blogger
  • Casey Neistat, YouTube celebrity
  • Coisa de Nerd, YouTube celebrity
  • Unbox Therapy, YouTube celebrity

Samsung’s camera crews were on hand to record the moment they unboxed them!

Don’t you wish you were one of them too? 😀

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available for sale in the US on 25 April 2019, with a launch price of US$ 1,980.

In the United Kingdom, it will be available for pre-order on 26 April 2019, with a launch price of £1,799.

Here in Malaysia, Samsung will launch it on 3 May 2019 with an estimated retail price of RM 8,199.

 

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HUAWEI Mate X Preview – World’s Fastest Foldable 5G Phone

HUAWEI unveiled the foldable HUAWEI Mate X at the Mobile World Congress 2019, touting it as the world’s fastest 5G foldable phone.

Let’s find out what the fuss is all about!

Updated @ 2019-03-05 : Added additional details on the HUAWEIi Mate X, as well as updated specifications.

Originally posted @ 2019-02-26

 

The HUAWEI Mate X – World’s Fastest 5G Foldable Phone!

The HUAWEI Mate X is b silt around the recently-launched HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset, and features the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge,

HUAWEI also threw in a large 4,500 mAh battery with 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge support to feed the large 8-inch foldable display.

So it was no surprise when it won the Best Connected Mobile Device of MWC 2019 award from GSMA.

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The HUAWEI Mate X Specifications

SpecificationsHUAWEI Mate X
Display6.6-inch front display
- 1148 x 2480 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio)

6.38-inch rear display
- 892 x 2480 pixels (25:9 aspect ratio)

8.0-inch unfolded display
- 2,220 x 2480 pixels (8:7.1 aspect ratio)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with EMUI 9.1.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 980
HUAWEI Balong 5000
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
NPUHiSilicon M1 x 2
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76 MP24
Memory8 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage512 GB internal flash storage
NM card slot (up to 256 GB)
CamerasLeica Triple Camera System
- 40 MP main camera
- 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera
- 8 MP telephoto camera
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Time Of Flight (TOF) camera
- single LED flash
Connectivity5G : SA and NSA
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
SIM SupportHybrid SIM
- 2 x nano SIM cards (4G + 5G)
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYes
OTG CapabilityUnknown
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Power Button
Other SensorsGravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, colour temprature sensor
Battery4,500 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 55 W SuperCharge fast charging
Folded Dimensions78.3 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
11 mm thick
Unfolded Dimensions146.2 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
5.4 mm thick
Weight295 grams
Colour OptionsInterstellar Blue

 

HUAWEI Mate X Price

The HUAWEI Mate X is now quite ready for showtime yet. But HUAWEI revealed that it will cost €2,299, which is about US$ 2,599 or RM 10,599. It will be available for purchase sometime around June 2019.

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HUAWEI Mate X Key Features

Kirin 980 + Balong 5000

The HUAWEI Mate X is powered by their Kirin 980 mobile SoC, backed by the recently-launched Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset.

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 is the world’s first 7 nm mobile SoC, and also the first to come with two NPUs, a Cat.21 modem and support for faster LPDDR4X-2133 memory.

It uses a new 2+2+4 cluster architecture, with two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, two additional ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 1.92 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8 GHz for background or less-intensive workloads.

It also comes with a 24-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU and two NPUs, which should double both its graphics and AI performance. On top of that, it supports LTE Category 21 download speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps, as well as dual frequency GPS (L5 + L1) for 10X more accurate positioning.

The HUAWEI Balong 5000, on the other hand, supports 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G operation on a single chip. According to HUAWEI, it is able to achieve 5G download speeds of up to 6.5 Gbps.

It is also the world’s first chipset that supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. That means it is ready to support whatever 5G technology that is implemented at any point in time.

Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge

The HUAWEI Mate X has two OLED panels – a 6.6-inch front display, and a 6.38-inch rear display, with a Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge.  When unfolded, they transform into a large 8.0-inch display! The smartphone literally becomes a tablet.

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Large Foldable Display

Consumers have always voted (with their wallets) for ever larger displays. The very large 8.0-inch display will allow the user to do more. Actions that used to be awkward with smaller displays will now be a piece of cake.

The front 6.6-inch display has a resolution of 1148 x 2,480 pixels, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, while the inner 6.38-inch display has a resolution of 892 x 2480 pixels, with a 25:9 aspect ratio.

The unfolded 8.0-inch display has 2220 x 2580 pixels, with a 8:7.1 aspect ratio.

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Leica Triple Camera System

The HUAWEI Mate X comes with a modified version of the Leica triple camera system used in the HUAWEI Mate20 Pro and Mate20 X smartphones, with the following cameras :

  • 40 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture
  • 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture

What’s really special though is the fact that its foldable design makes it possible for you for the same camera system to work as both front and rear cameras!

When folded, the HUAWEI Mate X shows the camera’s view on both sides. This allows you use the camera in whatever orientation you wish, and also lets the subjects of your photos to help make sure they are looking their very best in your photos.

HUAWEI SuperCharge

The HUAWEI Mate X packs a large 4,500 mAh battery in its 5.4 mm thick body. But that’s not all. It supports the 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charging technology, which they promise will get it from empty to 85% in just 30 minutes!

Fingerprint Sensor

The HUAWEI Mate X’s fingerprint sensor is integrated into the Power button, just like what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

 

Hybrid SIM + NM Card Tray

The HUAWEI Mate X has a hybrid SIM + NM card tray. It has slots for two nano SIM cards, but the second SIM slot can be filled with an NM card for extra storage (up to 256 GB).

What is an NM card? Short for Nano Memory, the NM card is a HUAWEI invention that is basically a smaller version of the microSD card. In fact, it is shaped exactly like a nano SIM card, and is designed to fit the same slot.

While NM card may be the future, it is quite hard to get hold of – only HUAWEI makes and sells them. And they are pricier than microSD cards – the 128 GB NM card costs £44 in the UK, and RM 299 here in Malaysia.

Unless you are prepared to pay a premium for an NM card, be prepared to live without additional storage…

 

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