Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei is set to roll out its Mate X 5G foldable smartphone next month in China starting from 9,999 yuan.
According to Chinese media, Huawei has completed the debugging process for its 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, and is now ready to begin sales in China. Chinese consumers will be among the first to experience the magical viewing experience of foldable screens enabled by cutting-edge display technology.
Huawei first introduced the Mate X earlier this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 at €2,299 ($2600). The Chinese telecom giant delayed the device’s launch to optimize its software system to deliver a unique experience using a foldable screen. The company affirmed that it will be responsible for every device it has ever launched and wants to avoid display issues experienced by its competitors.
“As a new breed of smartphones, Huawei Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience. The Huawei Mate X will be the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group.
To make the device more affordable for Chinese consumers, Huawei is introducing multiple configurations for the Mate X, including a budget variant featuring 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. The previously announced high-end configuration boasted 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Additional information also indicates that the new handsets will feature Huawei’s own Kirin 990 5G version and Kirin 980 chipsets for the high-end and lower-end variants respectively.
Putting its hardware launches aside, Huawei is still banned from accessing Google services due to the ongoing US trade ban. The Shenzhen-based company will still be able to use Android on its devices, however, Google-owned apps and services that are separate from the OS remain restricted.
Huawei has been granted a three-month extension from the United States Commerce Department that expires on November 19, 2019 to enable it to “provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.”
Aside from the Mate X, Huawei will also be revealing its highly anticipated new Mate 30 series flagships in Munich, Germany on September 19.