Huawei Mate X goes on sale in China and sells out first batch in minutes

Huawei Mate X
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The first wave of Huawei Mate X foldable phones has finally gone on sale in China - and the initial batch (of an uncertain amount) reportedly sold out in minutes, according to the BBC

The foldable phone was introduced at MWC 2019 back in February and originally slated to launch over the summer, then publicly delayed until September. TechRadar exclusively learned in August that there was no possibility it would make that deadline, and would much more likely become available in November (and at the very least, before the end of 2019). 

That’s come to pass after Huawei officially launched the foldable in China back in October and asserted it would go on sale in November - which it has, with a pricetag of 16,999 yuan (£1,900, around $2,495 / AU$3,559). 

A second wave of devices (again an uncertain number) will go on sale in China on November 22. But there’s still no announced plan to bring the device to other regions. 

A future for Huawei’s foldable?

Huawei delayed the Huawei Mate X months after the Samsung Galaxy Fold abandoned its April launch due to durability issues, though the former company didn’t give any reason to push back the Mate X - so it’s unclear if they ran into any similar reliability issues or just wanted to avoid sharing Samsung’s fate since the public’s trust in foldables had been shaken.

Rather, the initial delay in June followed the US’ Huawei ban. Since that hasn’t been repealed, only temporarily reprieved in August that’s set to expire today, there’s no plan for the Mate X to come to the United States. 

Huawei maintains that the Mate X will be coming to other countries than China at some point, per the BBC. In any case, the company has allegedly already revealed a successor, the Huawei Mate Xs, which will pack the latest Kirin 990 chip (it’s unclear when this will launch). 

David Lumb

David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.