If the Mobile World Congress 2019 was marked for something, it was because of the arrival of the first folding phones. Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Fold, which had some problems at the beginning but is already available, and Huawei did the same with its Mate X, a folding that, they said, would arrive in mid-2019. But it was not. The firm delayed the launch and has not been until today, October 23, that has been made effective, at least in China.

The company has launched the Huawei Mate X in China and is already accepting reservations, although the terminal will not ship until November 15. Its price is 16,999 yuan, about 2,160 euros to change, and does not arrive alone, but arrives accompanied by a brother who debuts a processor and some explanations related to its delay.

The first thing: why it has taken time to launch

The reasons why the Huawei Mate X has taken longer than promised to officially launch are two: durability and experience. According to Huawei, the company wanted to make sure its folding meet the expectations of durability that users might expect, something normal seeing the reviews that Samsung Galaxy Fold received at its launch. It has not been mentioned if there have been changes at the hardware or design level.

The second point is the experience, something that translates into improve integration between software and hardware. Android 9 Pie and 10 have native support for folding screens, so from Huawei they will have had to work so that the interface, applications and, in short, the user experience, is correct when using their mobile of more than 2,000 euros. Also say that although it was said that the operating system would be Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9, the terminal has been updated to EMUI 10.

Mate X

On the other hand, we said that Mate X has arrived with a brother under his arm. This one has a name and surname: Huawei Mate Xs, a device that is exactly the same as the original Mate X, with the difference that its processor is the Kirin 990 5G, which, as the name implies, is a processor with integrated 5G connectivity. This terminal will arrive in March 2020 and its price has not been disclosed.

What we can say is that the Mate Xs, if it finally sees the light, will be the first Huawei mobile to be compatible with 5G NSA and SA networks, that is, it will be compatible with the two phases of 5G. It is more a bet for the future than something for the present, since 5G SA still it has a way To reach our lives.

The Huawei Mate Xs will be compatible with 5G NSA and SA

Thus, it seems that folding phones are becoming a reality after a MWC full of showcases. Huawei and Samsung are not the only ones companies that are betting on this technology, and it is that Motorola has summoned us for November 13 with an invitation that suggests a folding RAZR, Xiaomi has shown its own on some occasion and TCL has some prototypes ready and plans to launch a folding terminal in 2020.

Via | Gizmochina