Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are among the most anticipated phones this year. The South Korean firm has already re-launched the Galaxy Fold smartphone in select markets and it is now Huawei’s turn to unveil Mate X foldable device. The launch date of the latter is not confirmed yet but company CEO Richard Yu said in a briefing at IFA that the device may hit shelves as early as next month.
‘Maybe next month we can start selling it globally. The manufacturing of this phone is not only very expensive but has some challenges for volume and mass production,’ CNET quoted Yu as saying. The executive reportedly said that the company may even incorporate the recently-launched Kirin 990 chipset in the foldable device. By doing this, the phone will get 5G cellular network technology. He said that since the chipset is already commercially available.
After the Galaxy Fold disaster, Huawei chose to delay the launch of the phone. The company was said to be working on the phone to avoid a similar failure that Samsung’s foldable device had to face. Now that Samsung has mitigated all the problems related to the hinge and the display, all eyes are on Huawei. The Chinese tech giant introduced the Mate X at MWC 2019, in Barcelona earlier this year.
The Huawei Mate X features a FullView OLED display which fold outwards. In the folded state, the phone sports a 6.6-inch screen which cab used for user interaction. When unfolded, the phone transforms into an 8-inch tablet. The phone is equipped with the Kirin 980 processor, coupled with Balong 500 modem for 5G capabilities. The Mate X will have a 4,500mAh dual battery with 55W Huawei SuperCharge technology support. The Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 Euros (approx Rs 2,15,000) for the 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage variant.