Although instances are turbulent for Huawei, it has nonetheless managed to ship 200 million smartphones already this yr, beating a earlier file, and has lastly given its folding smartphone — the Huawei Mate X — a launch date. Earlier than you get too enthusiastic about probably shopping for the Mate X, the cellphone has solely been introduced for China to date.
The Mate X was first proven at Cell World Congress earlier this yr, however suffered a number of delays since then, primarily to do with software program and app compatibility, and the pace with which 5G networks have been being launched following its announcement. Huawei has repeatedly stated that apart from these points, the cellphone has been prepared for launch since mid-year.
That is Huawei’s third 5G cellphone, following the Mate 20 X 5G and the Mate 30 5G, and the model set for launch in China makes use of the identical elements because the Mate 20 X 5G — the Kirin 980 processor and Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G modem. The Mate 30 5G has the most recent Kirin 990 chip, which comes with built-in 5G, and Huawei’s Shopper Enterprise Group Chairman Richard Yu has hinted revised model of the Mate X with the Kirin 990 might come at a later date.
Whereas the Mate X’s launch is thrilling, Huawei has additionally introduced that this yr to date it has shipped 200 million smartphones already, beating the time it took to succeed in this milestone by 64 days when in comparison with final yr. Huawei has been battling in opposition to a commerce restriction with the U.S., which has stopped it from working with Google and different suppliers, making this quantity all of the extra spectacular. Nonetheless, its most up-to-date cellphone — the Mate 30 Professional — comes with out Google companies, and the impact this has on worldwide gross sales shall be seen in figures launched in 2020.
The Mate X folding cellphone shall be launched in China on November 15, and in the event you’re sitting down, I’ll inform you the worth: the native equal of $2,400. That’s a bit over $400 greater than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which after its personal set of issues, is presently in the stores within the U.S., the U.Okay., and some different choose places all over the world.