[Update: More Mate Xs Details] Huawei launches the Mate X foldable smartphone in China, teases the Kirin 990 Mate Xs for 2020
Earlier this year in February, we first got our first look at Huawei’s foldable smartphone — the Huawei Mate X. Revealed shortly after the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s next-gen device took a slightly different approach and wowed enthusiasts worldwide. However, following the Galaxy Fold fiasco, Huawei has delayed its launch a fair few times. The device has even received some design changes in the past few months and the company has even upgraded its specifications since the original announcement. Now, it seems like the Huawei Mate X is finally ready for prime time, as it has officially been launched in China.
As reported by GSMArena, the Mate X was launched at a recent event in Shenzhen, China alongside the Mate 30 5G and the Mate 30 Pro 5G. The device has been priced at 16,999 Yuan (~$2,400) and is expected to hit the shelves on November 15. At the event, the company also announced the Mate Xs — a slightly upgraded version of the Mate X. While the Mate Xs seems to be identical to the regular Mate X on the outside, it features Huawei’s new flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC.
The newer and more powerful chipset from the company is built on the 7nm+ EUV process. The chip comes with an integrated 5G modem, as opposed to the external one used in the original Mate X. The chipset also packs in a more powerful NPU, in addition to overclocked Cortex A76 and A55 cores. While the Mali-G76 GPU remains the same as the Kirin 980, it now has six more cores, resulting in a total of 16 cores.
If you’re interested in purchasing the newer Huawei Mate Xs though, you’ll have to wait quite a while as Huawei has scheduled its launch for March 2020. It’s also worth noting that other than its chipset, we have no further information on the specifications of the Mate Xs, but we expect to learn more over the next couple of months.
Update: More Mate Xs Details
Speaking to the French press, Richard Yu announced that there will be an updated Huawei Mate X with a better hinge, a more durable screen, and the Kirin 990 SoC. He also mentioned that it will be shown off at Mobile World Congress in February. Yu also talked about a European release and that they would like to launch it in the first quarter of 2020. Yu did not specifically mention the name of the device, so it’s possible he was talking about the Mate Xs that was teased back in October. The original Mate X never launched internationally like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, but it looks like its successor might be.