Samsung has recently revealed its Galaxy Fold sales which are said to be between 400,000 to 500,000 units. That’s quite impressive considering it was delayed until September and it costs RM8,388 each. If you’re wondering about its nearest foldable competitor, the Huawei Mate X, they have also shipped quite a significant number of units in its own domestic market.
According to a report, Huawei has shipped 100,000 units of its foldable Mate X each month since it went on sale in China on 15th November 2019. If they continue to maintain the same shipment rate, they would probably have shipped about 200,000 by now.
The Huawei Mate X was first announced at MWC 2019 just a few days after the Galaxy Fold was introduced. After the Fold was delayed due to reliability issues, Huawei decided to delay their device as well to allow more room for testing. In China, the Mate X is priced at CNY 16,999 (about RM10,000), which is more expensive than the Galaxy Fold which is priced at CNY 15,999 (about RM9,421).
Unfortunately, the Huawei Mate X isn’t sold outside of China just yet. That’s also partly because it doesn’t come with Google Mobile Services. The device was previously listed on Android.com and it was removed due to the ongoing restrictions by the US.
In terms of hardware and connectivity, the Mate X is a more practical folding device compared to the Galaxy Fold. It offers a full-screen smartphone experience when it’s folded and the Balong 5000 chip enables it to support dual-mode 5G for both SA and NSA networks.
Huawei is expected to announce an updated Mate Xs sometime in March this year. The device will run on the newer Kirin 990 5G SoC which is the same unit that’s powering the current Huawei Mate 30 series. For those who want a 5G smartphone, Huawei is will launch the Mate 30 Pro 5G in Malaysia very soon.