The folding Huawei Mate X is scheduled to ship next month with a price tag of about $2,400 in China, according to reports.
Having had some hands-on time with the foldable Chinese-made — and the Samsung Galaxy Fold more widely available— it’s obvious that while the outer fold has more durability problems, it’s the far more elegant solution to this new form factor.
On their official Weibo, Huawei announced that from November 15 the Mate X will only be made available in China. The price tag of 16,999 yuan or around $2,400 may be hard to stomach for some, but with 5 G connectivity it will come.
We already knew that the other flagship device from Huawei, the Mate 30 Pro, has been launched in China without Google Play Services, and the Mate X is expected to do the same. If the trade restrictions are lifted, it remains unclear whether the foldable will even see a launch outside of Chinese borders— even though there is probably demand.
There is still no global launch, although a Huawei spokesperson made the following generic statement via email:
As the Huawei Mate X is initially set to ship with the Kirin 980 chipset, the long wait could potentially pay off, but will get an upgrade to the Kirin 990— since seen in the Mate 30 Pro— with the rumored Mate Xs in early 2020. This is powered by a huge 4,500 mAh battery, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of internal storage, and includes the 5 G modem Balong.