Huawei Mate X finally on sale, albeit only in China for now

After months of anticipation, the Huawei Mate X is finally officially launched and available for purchase. Sure, it’s only available in China for the time being, but this means we can expect it in other markets soon. The cost of this fascinating device? $2400.

The most intriguing part of the Mate X design is its take on the foldable format. Unlike any other foldable available at the moment, the screen is on the outside of the device. This means, of course, when folded you have a screen on both sides of the device. While we prefer this design over something like the Galaxy fold, some serious questions must be raised about durability of that plastic display on the outside.

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That being said, we were able to handle the device for the first time back in March, and while that was an early production prototype it did feel solid. When we able to spend a lot more time with it at the launch of the Mate 30 Pro, obvious changes had been made to make it even more solid than before. The build quality feels impressive and expensive, and its heft will shock you at first. After a couple of minutes it just feels great to hold, though.

When folded it has a 6.6-inch screen on the front and a 6.4-inch screen on the back. When it is unfolded though, you have a beautiful 8-inch screen. This is bigger than any other current foldable. It also has 5G as standard, Huawei’s new flagship Kirin 980 processor and a battery capacity reaching 4,500mAh.

Selling at 16,999 yuan, or a panic inducing R36,000, this certainly isn’t a device for the every man. That being said, devices at the forefront of design are never cheap and first-gen ideas will always come with a couple of pitfalls. However, we are extremely happy to see smartphone design finally taking a big leap forward again after many years of stagnation.