Huawei Mate X foldable phone reportedly delayed until September

Huawei Mate X foldable phone reportedly delayed until September

Foldable phones were the hot new thing just a couple of months ago, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold situation has put a damper on things. The other main contender in this space, the Huawei Mate X, has waited while Huawei deals with their own problems. The phone was originally slated for a June launch, but it has reportedly been delayed.

The Huawei Mate X was the yin to Samsung’s yang in the foldable phone market. While the Galaxy Fold’s display is kept on the inside when folded, the Mate X’s display wraps around the outside. This allows the device to seem more like a normal smartphone when folded, and not having a small, secondary display on the outside. Many people were even more excited about Huawei’s design, though it does pose its own array of durability issues.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the Huawei Mate X launch is being delayed until September. Vincent Peng, a senior VP at Huawei, says the company is delaying the device to improve the quality of the screen. Peng says “We’re doing a lot of tests,” and they are trying to release the phone “as early as we can.”

People will, unsurprisingly, assume this has something to do with Huawei being put on the US export blacklist. However, Peng says the supply chain issues are not behind the delay, but the company is in talks about whether the device will launch with Google’s suite of Android apps.

As a refresher, check out “hands-on” with the device at MWC 2019. Here are the full specs that were announced back in February.

Category Specification
Dimensions Unfolded: 146.2 x 161.3 x 5.4 mm Folded: 78.3 x 161.3 x 11 mm

Weight: 295g

Display Type: OLEDSize: 8″ unfolded, 6.6″ for front panel, 6.38″ for back panel

Resolution: 2480×2200 unfolded, 2480×1148 for front panel, 2480×892 for back panel

Chipset Huawei Kirin 980Balong 5000: 2G/3G/4G/5G multi-mode, SA & NSA support

CPU: 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.6GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 1.92GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz

GPU: Mali-G76


Software Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.1.1
Memory 8GB RAM
Storage 512GB, expandable via NM card
Cameras 40 MP (Wide Angle Lens) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens) + 8 MP (Telephoto)
Battery 4500mAh
Charging 55W Huawei SuperCharge
Sensors Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, color temperature sensor
Connectivity SIM: Dual SIM

NFC: Yes, RW mode/P2P mode/Card Emulation

Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio

Location: GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)

Primary SIM card: 

5G NR TDD: N41 / N77 / N78 / N79
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28 / B32
3G WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19;
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)

Secondary SIM card:

4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28
3G WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)

Ports and Buttons USB Type-C (3.1). No 3.5mm headphone jack. Fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button.
Color Interstellar Blue
Accessories Full Protection Case
Pricing €2199
Availability n/a

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloader of their devices can’t be unlocked, which means that users cannot root or install custom ROMs.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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