HUAWEI introduced Mate X foldable 5G smartphone at an event in Barcelona last month. Today the company has confirmed that it will launch the smartphone in India later this year. India will not get 5G this year, but it will be one of the first 5G smartphones to launch here.
It has a 6.6-inch OLED screen on the front and 6.38-inch screen on the back that expands to a 8-inch screen when unfolded. It features a Falcon Wing design with a stretchable hinge for a smooth and flat finish on both sides of the device. The screen doesn’t over stretch while folding or bulge in unfolding. It is just 5.4mm at its thinnest point.
It is powered by Kirin 980 7nm SoC with Dual NPU and Balong 5000 5G modem, runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.1.1 on top, has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button. The phone packs a 40MP main camera, a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. It has an NM Card slot, that lets you use replace the second SIM with a NM Card and comes with world’s first 55W (10V/4A) HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charging technology that lets you charge the phone’s 4500mAh batery from 0 to 85% in 30 minutes.
The HUAWEI Mate X was introduced at a price of 2299 Euros (US$ 2607 / Rs. 1,85,220 approx.) and the company said that it will roll out from mid-2019. We don’t have an exact launch date for the Indian market yet.
Commenting on the India availability, Wally Yang, Senior Product Marketing Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group said:
India is an important market for us and we have been consistently investing and expanding our footprint in the market. We are focused on delivering the user experiences that defines the future of smartphone in the smart era. The unveiling of the HUAWEI Mate X was the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living. As the leader of the 5G era, we are bringing an inspired, intelligent experience to global consumers in every aspect of their lives. We want our customers here to witness Huawei’s global 5G technological strength, and experience this technology marvel.