After waiting for almost an hour after it was teased for the first time, Huawei Mate X might finally see the light as it will be officially released in China on November 15th to mitigate the exponential decrease in overseas sales after the U.S. imposed a ban on it.
Huawei Mate X 5G is the company’s first foldable smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker and was teased as a rival to Samsung Galaxy Fold. However, both the smartphones were delayed several times while Galaxy Fold was recalled after pushing out a few review units while finally releasing a few weeks ago leaving Huawei to decide a launch date sometime in November as per a few reports.
Huawei Mate X 5G sports an outward foldable 8-inch AMOLED 2480×2200 pixels resolution display which is run by a HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC paired alongside 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. The device comes with Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G modem that gives it 5G support and overall, the device will have a price tag of 16,999 Yuan or $2,404 when it finally launches on November 15.
Huawei was blacklisted by the U.S. and was listed under its entity list thereby making it impossible for any U.S. based company to do business or sell or license products and services without a proper approval which is why many bigwigs like Google, Qualcomm, and others resorted to cut ties with the second largest smartphone brand after Samsung. This severely hit Huawei’s overseas sales. It’s latest Huawei Mate 30 series was stripped from any Google apps and services except Android OS although Huawei replaced it with Huawei’s in-house app store called App Gallery.
Huawei is also planning on launching an updated Huawei Mate Xs foldable smartphone with Kirin 990 5G that was recently rumored and it is set to release in China in March 2020 although the specifics are unavailable at this moment.
Several companies are working on foldable devices as well with Apple often rumored as one, although the technology is still new and would take Apple a few years to have a phone with a foldable display for sure.