Competition to Launch First Foldable Smartphone

Competition to Launch First Foldable Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Fold can be the first foldable smartphone introduced this year. However, it won’t be the first to hit stores. The smartphone’s original late April launch was canceled after reviewers found durability issues with the screen, and Samsung went back. Fixes have been made, current reports mentioned, however, the phone might not hit shops sooner than the holiday shopping season.

Just a few days after Samsung revealed its first foldable phone ever, Huawei got here out with the Mate X phone, and it was clear to anybody following the news the Mate X was simply the best-looking foldable of early 2019. Huawei postponed the Mate X launch several weeks ago, but it seems to be just like the phone will hit shops soon, at least in China.

When Huawei delayed the Mate X release, we thought the corporate is taking extra precautions with the phone after what had just happened with the Galaxy Fold, or that the Huawei ban might be to blame. We then realized the Mate X was nonetheless ready for its 5G certification, which is why Huawei postponed the launch to September on the latest. However, Huawei execs stated the handset would possibly launch sooner than that, and it seems like which may happen.

Chinese stores have started promoting the phone, as seen within the following picture that was posted on Weibo (via Huawei Central). A late July or early August launch is smart for the handset, which is what Huawei hinted at just lately, at least for its home market.

The posters don’t list an actual launch date for the handset. However, they do present the foldable phone in a few poses and confirm the handset will have 5G support.

The Mate X will price around €2,299 ($2,577) in Europe. However, the report notes the price can be extra affordable in China, at 14,999 yuan ($2,180). It’s unclear when the phone might be accessible in Europe once it launches in China.

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