Huawei, Samsung and LG all launch FOLDABLE smartphones – here’s how they compare
Mobile World Congress 2019 is turning out to be the battle of the foldable smartphones , after Huawei , LG and Samsung all unveiled their own models.
Samsung led the way last week, revealing its Galaxy Fold smartphone at an event shortly before MWC.
LG and Huawei have both followed suit at the conference itself, with the launch of the V50 ThinQ 5G and Mate X, respectively.
But how do the smartphones actually stack up against each other?
I’m at MWC this week, and got as close as possible to ‘hands-on’ with the three foldable smartphones. Here are my first thoughts, and how they compare.
While LG is yet to announce the pricing for its V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone, Samsung and Huawei shocked fans the they revealed their pricing.
The Galaxy Fold will retail for a staggering €2000, while Huawei’s Mate X will retail for an eye-watering €2299!
Better start saving…
Thankfully there’s not long to wait for fans to get their hands on the foldable smartphones.
The Galaxy Fold will be available from May 3, while the Huawei Mate X will be available this summer.
Meanwhile, LG has stayed tight-lipped about the release date for the V50 ThinQ 5G, although rumours suggest it will be available from June 2019.
In terms of their ‘folding elements’, Samsung and Huawei both blow LG out of the water.
LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G is essentially two screens linked together by a hinge, rather than one continuous device, like the Galaxy Fold or Mate X.
This means that the V50 – which I was allowed to get hands-on with – was very clunky to handle, and is essentially the equivalent of carrying two smartphones.
Both Samsung and Huawei’s offerings have a single continuous screen, but in my opinion, the Mate X is sleeker.
While the Galaxy Fold has one small outer screen and one large inner screen, the Mate X uses one outer screen in three different ways, depending on how you hold the device.
Annoyingly, the Galaxy Fold’s hinge also won’t lay completely flat, while the Mate X will thanks to a special hinge.
In terms of cameras, the Galaxy Fold leads the pack.
Samsung’s smartphone features a whopping six cameras – a 10MP selfie camera on the cover, a triple-lens rear camera, and a dual lens front facing camera.
In comparison, both the Huawei Mate X and LG V50 ThinQ have five cameras – triple-lens rear cameras, and dual-lens front facing cameras.
The three smartphones have pretty similar (and impressive) batteries.
The Galaxy Fold has a 4,380mAh battery, while the Mate X has a slightly bigger 4,500mAh battery.
Slightly disappointingly, the LG V50 ThinQ has a 4,000mAh battery. It’s also worth noting that this powers both screens, and is unlikely to last you a whole day.
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However, in terms of charging the smartphones, the Galaxy Fold supports wireless charging, while the other two do not.
Overall, I think that Samsung and Huawei’s foldable options are much more practical than LG’s.
While all three are fairly hefty, the fact that LG’s V50 is two completely separate screens is slightly off-putting, and I could see being especially annoying to carry.
Huawei’s design is my favourite of the three, and the fact that you can fold the smartphone fully flat is especially appealing.
However, Huawei’s Mate X price tag really is ridiculous, and is likely to put the majority of customers off.