Foldable smartphones from Huawei and Samsung attracted quite a lot of public attention at Mobile World Congress early this year, but launches were delayed as companies had to polish the technology. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has since been released into the market in select countries (Ian: my local EE store has sold a dozen or so), whereas the Mate X, its rival from Huawei, is coming later.

As it turns out, Huawei plans to launch its Mate X in China on November 15. The foldable smartphone, which is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC (paired with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage), the Balong 5000 5G modem, and features an 8-inch foldable display with a 2480x2200 resolution and a 9:8 aspect ratio, will cost ¥16,999. This translates into a ~$2074 price in the US.

It is not completely clear when Huawei’s Mate X is set to arrive to other markets (if at all) and what kind of software will it have pre-installed. Considering how expensive the smartphone is, selling it potentially without applications from Google and other US-based vendors may not be a good idea in non-Chinese markets

In addition to revealing the launch date of the Mate X, Huawei also said today that it plans to release a refined version of the foldable smartphone, the Mate Xs, on the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G SoC. It has a built-in 5G modem, and is set to come to China in March. It is unknown how much will the unit cost and whether it will be available outside of China.

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Sources: Engadget China (via Engadget), VMall (via GSMArena)

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  • close - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - link

    > 18 of these and you could have had a Tesla Model 3 instead

    I guess that's supposed to say something about the phone but in reality it doesn't. It just says what YOU value most in life. A cool car. Others would say "I'll put myself through college", or "down payment on my house". But on this scale the Tesla is closer to a thick gold chain. How many of these phones do you think you'd need for that?
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  • mrvco - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - link

    I get the feeling that the majority of these Gen1 foldable phones are bought by YouTubers and paid for by their viewers. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    I think I'd rather spend <$30 on a refurb from TracFone and then toss the remaining $2,044 into a mutual fund or retirement account where it can compound for decades. Assuming you also go with the cheapest pre-paid service TracFone offers which boils down to $80 a year (vs $50 for a mainstream carrier's service - an underestimate, I admit) and you upgrade your phone once every other year, then you would be investing $1,542 annually. Do that starting at age 25 until you retire at age 65 and get a sub-par 5% interest rate back on your investments and you'll have $193,000 more money to your name just by not being dumb with your phone service. Use that same logic on GPUs and CPUs and then rake in a little buying cheaper games, cut your cable/satellite/streaming TV services and you can retire with a million more than you would have had otherwise. Then again, I can't make interest off everyone else's poorly thought out buying impulses by holding stock so please, by all means, keep spending like there isn't a tomorrow to think about. I'll ride on your proverbial backs. Reply
  • 29a - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    Just don't buy anything and put all your money in the bank, think of how much money you'll have when you're dead. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma

    I'll just leave this here.
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  • dickeywang - Sunday, October 27, 2019 - link

    Well, it is sold out in China quickly. Even people as rich as billionair Wang SiChong, son of the boss of Wanda Group, is asking for help to get hands on these things via his Weibo. Don't think it will be available in other market any time soon.
    I wasn't quick enough to order one myself, so I get a Mate 30 Pro 5G for ~$1100 USD, and I'm happy with that.
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