[Update 2: Kirin 990 & P30 Cameras] 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.
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.
|Software||Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.1.1|
|Storage||512GB, expandable via NM card|
|Cameras||40 MP (Wide Angle Lens) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens) + 8 MP (Telephoto)|
|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
Secondary SIM card:
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
|Ports and Buttons||USB Type-C (3.1). No 3.5mm headphone jack. Fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button.|
|Accessories||Full Protection Case|
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Update: Delayed Again
Previously delayed until September, the Huawei Mate X is “unlikely to come out before November.” The Mate X was originally going to come out after the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but the Fold ended up getting indefinitely delayed, opening the door for the Mate X to be the first foldable phone on the market. However, now the Galaxy Fold is being re-launched next month and the Mate X is being pushed back again. The reason behind the delay was not shared, but the company is still positive the phone will launch before the end of the year.
Update: Kirin 990 & P30 Cameras
The folks at Neowin got their hands on the Huawei Mate X and some of the features have been upgraded since the original announcement. Back in February, Huawei said the Mate X had the Kirin 980 SoC and cameras equivalent to the Huawei Mate 20. However, now the device is using the upgraded Kirin 990 chipset and cameras similar to the Huawei P30: 40MP RYYB. That means the Mate X specifications will be more in line with what we expect from the Huawei Mate 30.