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Huawei debuts new and upgraded Mate Xs 5G foldable phone

Huawei on Monday unveiled its newest foldable smartphone, tablet, and laptop, counting on an interconnected ecosystem of devices and software as it reasserted itself deep in the face of the latest devices from Samsung and Apple.

The world’s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment debuted the new additions to its Mate line of premium devices before the P40 series, its photography-centered line of premium smartphones that are expected to be unveiled in March. The P40 phones will compete directly with Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series.

In a global Livestream, the Shenzhen-based tech giant unveiled the Mate Xs foldable phone; the MateBook X Pro laptop with a nearly borderless display; and also the MatePad Pro, productivity-focused tablet.

The Mate Xs are created from sturdier materials and has an improved hinge that enables the display to unfold into an 8-inch tablet. Huawei also upgraded the processor to its latest in-house Kirin 990, said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei consumer business group.

The quick-charging battery charges up to 85 percent in half an hour and lasts 20 percent longer than the initial Mate X. The Mate Xs has 4 Leica-engineered cameras, he said.

The Mate Xs are going to be available internationally in March for 2,499 euros (roughly P138,0000). There was no immediate word on availability in the Philippines.

The motepad Pro aimed squarely at Apple’s iPad Pro features a 10.8-inch screen with a 90-percent screen-to-body ratio, compared to 84.6 percent on the Apple device. It supports up to 40-watt fast charging and runs on Kirin 990, Yu said.

Also just like the iPad Pro, the MatePad pro may be used with Huawei’s own M Pencil and a keyboard that doubles as a case. Prices start at 549 euros (roughly P30,000) and are going to be available from April.

The MateBook X Pro has a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution touch screen with a 91-percent screen-to-body ratio. It runs the 10th generation of Intel’s Core i7, Yu said. Prices start at 1,499 euros (roughly P82,000)

Huawei is building its AppGallery to compete with Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store, he said.

A launch event in Barcelona for the new devices was scrapped, together with the whole Mobile World Congress to stop the spread of the new coronavirus strain.

“We want to be sure your health and safety come first so this new and unique format is arranged for your comfort,” Yu said.