After delays, the foldable Huawei mobileis finally up for sale. The bad news for anyone who likes to be early adopters is that it will not be available outside of China. At least for now.
Huawei first showcased the Mate X at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, when the foldable phone became the immediate challenger to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Huawei has chosen a different approach than Samsung in the development of its foldable phone. Rather than opening like a book to expose a larger screen on the inside, like the Fold, the Mate X has a wraparound exterior display that can be accessed even when the phone is closed.
The company announced the launch on Wednesday at Weibo and at an event in Shenzhen announcing that 200 million phones have already been delivered this year. Huawei said the Mate X will be available from 1
"Our strategy is based on the 5G roll-out of airlines in different regions," a Huawei spokesman said via email. "So far, Huawei has made the Huawei Mate X available on the Chinese market on November 15. A global market introduction plan is under review."
If you postpone buying a Galaxy Fold in favor of the Mate X You may be frustrated with having to wait a little longer. Since the Mate X is a brand new phone, Huawei probably wants to know how the phone will arrive in China before shipping it to the wider world.
Limited introduction matches the strange state of foldable phones this year. Samsung was forced to postpone the launch date of the Galaxy Fold when some early test equipment broke down or their displays went down, while Huawei itself had delayed the release of the Mate X after it had originally planned a summer launch. Motorola also delayed the release of his allegedly foldable Razr phone.
The issues raised questions about the lifetime of these devices, which cost more than $ 2,600 or more than two and a half times more than an iPhone 11 Pro.
For consumers who really want a mate, a little patience could pay off in the long run. The first version of the phone will include the Huawei Kirin 980 chip (and similar specifications as the company's Mate 20 5G). A subsequent model – the Mate Xs – will feature specifications similar to the recently released in 2020, including the updated that Huawei recently announced September.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that the Mate X, like the Mate 30, executes anand does not offer the full range of Google Apps and services that you may be used to. This is a consequence of the inclusion of for national security reasons.
Whether you're getting into the foldable train early or waiting to join in, you can look forward to more phones like The Mate X and the Galaxy Fold will be coming out around the next year. Several other phone manufacturers, includingOppo and have also confirmed that they are working on their own leaflets.
With more and more of these phones on the market, prices should also fall as components are manufactured in larger numbers and technology becomes more general. This should be a great relief to anyone who is interested in a foldable phone, but does not like the idea of dropping $ 2,000 for the privilege of owning one. Huawei Mate X: CNET editors respond