Briefing: Foldable 5G smartphone Mate X arrives at official Huawei store

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华为Mate X折叠屏手机上架官方商城,6月开卖 – IT Home

What happened: Huawei’s new foldable smartphone, the Mate X, is now listed on Huawei’s official online store, the Vmall, though it is not yet available for purchase. The website doesn’t specify how much the foldable phone will cost, but Huawei said it would start at €2,299 (around $2,580) when announcing its launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February. The Chinese tech giant also said the phone would hit the market in the middle of 2019.

Why it’s important: The Huawei Mate X is the smartphone maker’s first 5G-enabled handset that folds into a 6.6-inch smartphone from an 8-inch tablet. Its whopping price tops that of the Samsung equivalent, the Galaxy Fold, which will sell for $1,980. Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Fold on Apr. 26, with AT&T and T-Mobile selling the phone in the US market. The Huawei handset, however, won’t be available in the US; the smartphone maker is cautious about the US market ever since carriers backed away from plans to sell its Mate 10 smartphone, reportedly after pressure from the US government.