Huawei Mate X to Launch on November 15th in China for $2,400


Huawei's Mate X foldable tablet has seen more than its share of delays. Initially pegged to release in June, the release date has been pushed back on more than one occasion. Today, Huawei finally put out an official confirmation that the tablet would release in China on November 15th, according to a report by Sina Digital.

The primary difference between the Mate X and the Galaxy fold is that it folds outwards, while the Galaxy Fold folds inwards. That brings forth a whole new set of challenges, as the screen is always exposed to the elements. Thankfully, Huawei has been nice enough to include a clamshell case with every Mate X, so carrying it around shouldn't be much of a problem. It'll still be susceptible to dust and debris, and there isn't much that can be done about that.

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Huawei Mate X: specifications and price

Like Samsung's Galaxy Fold, the Mate X will not be cheap. It is expected to retail at $2,500 for the base variant. It is unclear if there will be a higher or lower specced version of the phone. Previous leaks indicated that there would be two variants of the Mate X; one with a 5G radio and the other without it. It is now confirmed that the Mate X will be a 5G-ready and will be powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and Barong 5000 modem. Other specs remain unchanged, and the phone will come with a 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM along with a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery that supports 55W fast charging. The camera setup will be identical to that of the P30 Pro. When unfolded, the screen is 8 inches diagonal, and when it’s closed, it’s like having a phone with a 6.6-inch screen on the front and a 6.38-inch panel on the back.

Huawei is yet to mention anything about the international release of the Mate X. Usually, it takes anything between a week to a few months for China-only products to make their way to western markets. Since this release exclusive to China, the Mate X will not come with GApps. Given the nature of Huawei's kerfuffle with the US government, it is unlikely that the international variant will come with any Google services. The Mate X is prohibitively priced as it is, and the lack of Google apps isn't doing it any favors.