Huawei finally announced the new release date for its folding smartphone in a press conference held in China last October 23, 2019. According to Sina Digital, the pre-order period of Mate X in China is set to start in November 15, 2019.
Mate X was originally set to launch in mid-2019 but following the issues faced by its competitor, Galaxy Fold, the release was postponed.
Huawei’s folding smartphone sports a 6.6-inch display that transforms into an 8-inch display when unfolded. It also has 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chipset paired with Huawei’s Balong 2000 modem. Huawei claims to have a thinner folding edge with the help of their “Falcon Wing” design. Overall, Mate X is only 11mm thick when folded.
Huawei Mate X highlights:
Display: 8-inch 8:7.1 AMOLED screen @ 2480 x 2200 px (unfolded), 6.6-inch 19.5:9 display @ 2480 x 1148 px (front, when folded), 6.4-inch 25:9 display @ 2480 x 892 px (back, when folded)
Processor: Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 5G chip, 2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz, Balong 5000 5G modem
Internal Storage: 512GB expandable via Huawei NM up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
Camera: 40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP
Operating System: EMUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)
Battery: 4,500mAh Li-Po with 55W Fast Charge
Huawei Mate X is priced at 16,999 Yuan or about P120,000 when converted directly.
Huawei also announced the launch of another folding smartphone called the Mate Xs. It has a similar design with Mate X but instead of Kirin 980 chip, it sports a Kirin 990 chip. The device is scheduled to launch in March 2020. Aside from these, no other details have been revealed about the Mate Xs.