Huawei has begun selling its foldable Mate X smartphone in China, which premiered at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2019. Originally, the device should come in the summer of 2019 in the trade, but technical problems delayed the publication.
The Mate X is According to Chinese media put on sale on November 15, 2019 and already sold out. The device costs 17,000 yuan, the equivalent of just under 2,200 euros. How many devices Huawei has actually offered is unclear.
On the Product page in Huawei's online shop Vmall There is a countdown that will end on November 18, 2019 at 10:08 am local time. Then the next batch of the device could be available. In addition, the 22nd November 2019 is named as another sales day of the smartphone. Apparently Huawei sells the Mate X only in limited batches.
Screen can be folded on the outside
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the screen of the Mate X is folded on the outside. This creates both a usable front and a usable back when folded, without the need for an additional screen as Samsung's device must be installed.
This has the disadvantage that the display is poorly protected even when folded. The surface is not made of glass, but of delicate plastic, which can easily scratch. Huawei therefore provides a small bag, in which the device can be stored. However, this should not be really practical in everyday life.
Earlier speculation that the Mate X would receive improved hardware due to the delayed release has not been confirmed. The smartphone will continue to ship with the Kirin 980 and 5G Balong 5000 and a triple camera with ToF sensor, but without periscope telephoto lens.
Currently no release in Europe is planned. Huawei is struggling with the problem that new smartphones may no longer include Google services due to the ongoing US boycott. Even the recently introduced Mate 30 series is not yet available for this reason in this country.