Huawei announced the Mate X foldable smartphone at MWC 2019 earlier this year but the phone never saw the light of the day since. The Chinese company has now announced that it is ready to ship the Mate X in China from November 15.
At an event in Shenzhen, China, Huawei disclosed that the Mate X will first start selling in China for 16,999 yuan (approx. Rs 1,70,000). The phone will be available for sale from November 15.
According to CNET, Huawei will also launch a Mate Xs foldable phone in 2020, featuring the more recent Hisilicon Kirin 990 chipset, which was previously thought to come to the Mate X itself. Also important to note is that the Mate X, while still running on Android, will be devoid of Google apps and services because of its US ban.
On being asked whether the Mate X will arrive in regions outside China, a Huawei spokesperson said “Our strategy is based on carriers’ 5G roll out in different regions. So far, Huawei has made the Huawei Mate X available in the China market on Nov. 15. A global launch plan is under review”.
The Mate X features an 8-inch OLED screen when it is opened and it comes with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels. When folded, the smartphone has a 6.38-inch screen at the back and a 6.6-inch display at the front with resolutions of 2480 x 892 pixels and 2480 x 1148 pixels respectively.
It is powered by a Kirin 980 processor, Balong 5000 modem, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The phone’s memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. Balong 5000 will offer up to 6.5Gbps download and 3.5Gbps upload speed.
Mate X comes equipped with a two-in-one front and rear camera setup. It has three sensors featuring a 40-megapixel primary wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, all of which can be used for selfies as well. The phone is fuelled by 4,500mAh battery with 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology.