The primary wave of Huawei Mate X foldable telephones has lastly gone on sale in China – and the preliminary batch (of an unsure quantity) reportedly bought out in minutes, in response to the BBC.
The foldable cellphone was launched at MWC 2019 again in February and initially slated to launch over the summer time, then publicly delayed till September. TechRadar completely realized in August that there was no risk it could make that deadline, and would more likely turn into obtainable in November (and on the very least, earlier than the top of 2019).
That’s come to move after Huawei formally launched the foldable in China back in October and asserted it would go on sale in November – which it has, with a pricetag of 16,999 yuan (£1,900, around $2,495 / AU$3,559).
A second wave of devices (again an uncertain number) will go on sale in China on November 22. But there’s still no announced plan to bring the device to other regions.
A future for Huawei’s foldable?
Huawei delayed the Huawei Mate X months after the Samsung Galaxy Fold abandoned its April launch due to durability issues, though the former company didn’t give any reason to push back the Mate X – so it’s unclear if they ran into any similar reliability issues or just wanted to avoid sharing Samsung’s fate since the public’s trust in foldables had been shaken.
Rather, the initial delay in June followed the US’ Huawei ban. Since that hasn’t been repealed, only temporarily reprieved in August that’s set to expire today, there’s no plan for the Mate X to come to the United States.
Huawei maintains that the Mate X will be coming to other countries than China at some point, per the BBC. In any case, the company has allegedly already revealed a successor, the Huawei Mate Xs, which will pack the latest Kirin 990 chip (it’s unclear when this will launch).