Huawei’s first foldable phone — the Mate X — which was announced almost six months ago is now finally going on sale. Huawei managed to save itself the embarrassment that Samsung had to go through with the initial units of the Galaxy Fold but decided to go delay the release of the device.
The company delayed the release of the Mate X from June to September initially saying it was conducting additional tests and did not want to destroy its reputation. That testing is now complete as Huawei has officially launched the Mate X in China. The device will start shipping from November 15th for 16,999 yuan ($2400). This is for the model that has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.
Despite the delay in release, Huawei has not changed anything about the Mate X. The specs remain the same as what the original device had. When folded, the Mate X has a primary 6.6-inch display, with a 6.4-inch display at the rear. The rear display is used as a viewfinder to click selfies using the primary camera. When unfolded, the device has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 2480 x 2200.
The device is powered by a 7nm Kirin 980 chipset. For 5G connectivity, it has Huawei’s own Balong 5000 5G modem which offers dual-SIM connectivity as well. There’s a massive 4500mAh battery inside the device. What’s even more impressive is that the Mate X comes with a new version of Huawei’s SuperCharge technology that can charge the device to 85 percent in just 30 minutes.
There’s no word from Huawei yet on the international availability of the Mate X. The company is likely taking a cautious approach with the launch of the Mate X after the Galaxy Fold fiasco.