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Editors' Note: Updated at 12:13 p.m. ET with hands-on impressions from Huawei's Mate X launch event. There's also a 6.38-inch back display with a 25:9 aspect ratio. While the price tag is exorbitant, it's hardly surprising as the phone offers two nascent technologies, 5G and foldable display technology.

Huawei, the world's second-largest smartphone vendor after Samsung, said it had taken the lead in developing phones for 5G - which promises super fast internet speeds - because it was also involved in developing the networks. At a time when foldable phones are very much in their infancy, this isn't the biggest-ever boast, but fold the Mate X - and it does fold flat - and the device is just 11mm thick (or 0.43 inches).

The Mate X is a 5G device that can fold into a slim 16.76 centimetre smartphone and unfold into a 20.3-centimetre tablet. Image Source: Chris Smith, BGR The main screen is an nearly bezel-less 8-inch display with 8:7.1 aspect ratio and 2480 x 2200 resolution, and it just looks awesome.

However, that 8-inch screen also has its own small issue, because with an aspect ratio of 8:7.1 when fully expanded, the Mate X's screen is almost square, which means you're going to get some pretty severe letterboxing when watching videos.

Samsung, meanwhile, said that the new phones and wearable devices like the Bluetooth-connected Galaxy Buds that fit into a person's ears will be shown on electronic billboards in New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Moscow.

Huawei also sought to reaffirm its position as one of the world's leading technology companies, unveiling a folding 5G smartphone to an audience of media and analysts in Barcelona.

Those blistering speeds come as the result of Huawei having expertise making both cellular modems for mobile devices, and the networking equipment those cell networks run on.

With fast 5G connectivity, Huawei says consumers will be able to download a 1GB movie in 3 seconds.

In regards to the ability of the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus to use its internal batteries to charge other devices via a wireless arrangement, Samsung said it is planning to launch a so-called battery Karma program that encourages users of the company's latest and greatest devices to create a power sharing culture that can help others in need of a quick recharge.

The Mate X's insides are equally as impressive. In tablet mode we were shown images of the phone working in a left/right screen multitasking configuration, there was not a similar demo to the three apps that Samsung showed.

It was also interesting to note that the strip that carries the camera is the beating heart of the device. There's still room for a 4,500mAH battery and a triple-lens camera, plus 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

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