Have a spare $2400 lying about? Another delayed folding phone is available for pre-order in China
Huawei has made its 5G Mate X smartphone available for pre-order in China, ahead of its official launch on 15 November.
The folding smartphone had originally been slated to launch in June this year, but that was pushed back until September, and then the launch was delayed yet again after Huawei told TechRadar at a press event in China that there is “no possibility” of the folding phone making its September launch date.
Delayed Mate X
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, whose launch was delayed by technical faults, the launch of Huawei’s Mate X was delayed not by technical faults, but rather supply chain issues as the Chinese firm struggled to deal with the fallout of a US blacklisting of Huawei over national security concerns.
Huawei has previously said it planned to continue using Google’s Android operating system for its smartphones for the time being, but could make the switch to its newly introduced HarmonyOS “at any time”.
Huawei on Wednesday started taking orders in China for the Mate X, with prices starting from 16,999 yuan ($2,403), a Huawei spokesman told Reuters.
Its global launch plan remains under review, Huawei reportedly said, meaning the 15 November launch date could potentially be moved back again.
He Gang, head of Huawei’s mobile phone division, was quoted by Reuters as saying on Wednesday the company has already sold more than 200 million phones so far in 2019, hitting that milestone more than two months earlier than it did in 2018.