Huawei’s Mate X launches in China, but a global release is still under review

Huawei’s highly anticipated phone Huawei Mate X is finally released in China market. The main specialty of the phone is that it is a foldable phone, but not just that. It shows display on the outside, making it easy to use, unlike other foldable phones. But the phone currently is available only in China. The company is saying that the global release is still under review.

The Huawei’s Mate X is a 5G phone which runs with Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Barong 5000 modem. It has a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery which can be charged at a highly faster rate that is in half an hour with 55W fast charging. The screen of the phone, when unfolded, is 8-inches diagonally, and when folded, the screen size is 6.6-inches on the front side and 6.38-inches on the backside. It has an 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage.

The Huawei Mate X was announced on February 2019, and it was actually expected to launch in July, but the company delayed the launch due to the durability issues raised in the Samsung Galaxy Fold device in the review units. So Huawei postponed their release later to check the Huawei Mate X that it didn’t have the same durability problems. Now, this Chinese product is released in its home country, and it is expected to release worldwide soon.

Huawei showed off the Huawei Mate X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, which instantly became a challenger to Samsung Galaxy’s Fold phone because the fold approach in both models is different. The Samsung Galaxy’s Folds like a book, which is difficult to open and work each time. But the Huawei Mate X folds outside, and it has three displays. That is, we can fold it outside and work on both sides, and also, when it is unfolded, it has an 8-inch display. The outside wraparound helps us to work even when the phone is closed.

The company announced its launch on Wednesday at an event in Shenzhen also said that it had shipped around 200 million phones even 64 days before the year-end. The Huawei announced that the Mate X price would be around 16,000 Yuan that is $2,400. A spokesman of Huawei over email said, “Our strategy is based on carriers’ 5G roll out in different regions”. Huawei said, “So far, Huawei has made the Huawei Mate X available in the China market. A global launch is under review”.

So, if you are not a resident of China or if you are holding off Galaxy’s Fold to buy the Huawei’s Mate X, you’d have to wait a little longer. The release date of all the foldable phones like the Motorola foldable Razr phone, Galaxy Fold, and Huawei Mate X itself was pulled back this year due to the durability issues. The raised questions about durability are reasonable as the cost of the handset is $2,600, which is two and a half times more than the iPhone 11 Pro.

Another thing to consider is that the Huawei’s Mate X will use Android 9 and will not support any Google apps due to the Huawei ban. This means you have to side-load Google apps, which will be a bit of a nuisance. But this will soon change as Huawei is building its own apps and offerings them free and as a bulk.

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