The foldable Huawei Mate X is slated to launch by September at the latest, according to a Huawei executive who spoke to TechRadar this week.
“It’s coming in September – at the latest,” said Vincent Pang, President of Huawei’s Western European Region, while visiting New York City. “Probably earlier, but definitely September is guaranteed.”
Pang added a 5G reminder and stated that the phone will launch in “any country that has 5G.” This was likely stressed because Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launched with a 4G LTE version (before ultimately being recalled), with a 5G version only spoken about once and never officially priced.
Pang’s “any country that has 5G” remarks comes with a caveat however. The Mate X will not be launching in the U.S. due to the Huawei ban imposed by the U.S. government‘s Commerce Department.
The Huawei Mate X is the much anticipated folding phone from the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei. The company has previously stated that the phone had some development issues of its own and may not be released. However, a company spokesperson has dismissed claims of cancelling the product and confirmed its release in autumn of this year.
Aside from the Mate X, Huawei is also staying positive about its impending situation as it has confirmed the timeline for the launch of its other foldable handsets, the Mate 30 series.
At a 5G conference in Russia, Huawei confirmed that it will launch the 5G variant of its upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series phones in December. The projected launch period is likely stipulated for the company’s Russian launches. The Chinese launch would likely come slightly sooner than December.