The Samsung Galaxy Fold was postponed a few days before its launch on April 26 and a new release date has not yet been announced. It seems that this is the perfect opportunity for Huawei to approach and launch its Mate X to absorb all the media attention that comes with the launch of a new category of smartphones. But this was not Huawei’s quarter, to say the least, and exactly a week ago, the company had to temporarily shelve its $2,600 5G fold.
The positive thing is that we already have a good idea of when Mate X will be ready. TechRadar spoke with Vincent Pang, president of Huawei’s western European region, and the executive said that “it will arrive in September, at the latest. First, but certainly, September is guaranteed.” Pang also said that the phone will have Android pre-installed at the time of launch. A couple of months ago, they would have thought we were crazy even to point it out, but with the company unable to secure supplies from the U.S. companies, this is a welcome surprise for many who would have turned the device down another way. After all, it seems that the Mate 30 line will run Huawei’s own HongmengOS.
So why will Mate X have Android? The executive says that because the folding device was announced in February, long before Huawei’s listing in the US Department of Commerce‘s list of entities. Last month, the phone is not covered by the ban.
Huawei Has Worked On The Mate X Screen To Avoid Repeating What Happened To Samsung
Peng says that Mate X will be available in any country with 5G service, except in the U.S. and the US lawmakers believe that Huawei is the number one public enemy due to the possibility that the Chinese communist government will require Huawei to collect information and send it to Beijing. There is a fear that Huawei’s phones and network equipment will contain back doors to serve as key drivers for President Xi Jinping’s administration. Huawei has always denied this.
While the September launch seems like a delay, the truth is that Huawei should have launched the Mate X in the summer, which will end on September 21st. However, for some reason, most media expected the phone to be available in July. Meanwhile, Huawei was in no hurry to put the device up for sale. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a 4G LTE version to launch first, Mate X has 5G connectivity and the next generation of wireless technology is developing very slowly. Peng points out that the ban has nothing to do with the release date of Mate X. Huawei has used the last few months to improve the P-OLED screen on the device. Peng says that what Huawei is doing to avoid getting caught up with the same problems that Samsung has had with its foldable device”… a secret, but we did a lot of testing, especially for that”. You may remember that several influential people have damaged their Galaxy Fold review units by removing a plastic film that they felt should be removed. This and many other problems led Sammy to delay his release.
Huawei Mate X closes on the outside unlike the internal fold of the Galaxy Fold. When closed, the front display will measure 6.6 inches with a resolution of 1148 x 2480. The rear screen weighs 6.4 inches with a resolution of 892 x 2480. Open, the pair are combined to produce an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 2200 x 2480, it is not a square. Kirin 980 SoC is also present; this is the same chip found in P30, P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. It comes with 8 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage space with a 256 GB microSD slot. The four-camera setup is found on the back with a 40 MP main camera, an 8 MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, a large 16 MP camera and a flight time depth sensor. A 4500mAh battery keeps the lights on.
If you’re in a country that welcomes Huawei and you have $2600 in your pocket, September can’t come soon enough.
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