After several delays, and a bit of uncertainty about when the phone was actually going to be released, Huawei has confirmed that the foldable Mate X smartphone will be going on sale on 15th November. But only in China, because Huawei hasn't confirmed anything about releasing the phone anywhere else.
This news comes out of a special launch event in China, which was attended by Sina Digital (via The Verge). The phone is set to cost 16,999 yuan in China, which is roughly £1,870 - not that the Mate X will get a direct conversion if and when it reaches the UK. Huawei already confirmed it would cost €2,299 at MWC in February, and that comes to £1,990.
My guess it'll be somewhere between £1,900 and £2,000, provided there are no exchange rates shenanigans put into place thanks to the pound's weak state. Which could easily happen.
For those of you that have forgotten, the Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with a wraparound display, unlike the book-style design employed by the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It has 5G built in thanks to the Kirin 980 processor and Barong 5000 modem, and comes with an 8-inch display when fully unfolded. Also included is a 4,500 mAh battery, 55W fast charging (which Huawei says offers 85 per cent in 30 minutes), 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a triple-lens camera array that has 40MP, 16MP, and 8MP lenses alongside a ToF sensor.
There's no information on when the phone might make it to the UK, but since a Chinese launch is now imminent it shouldn't be that much of a wait. Let's just hope it happens before MWC at the end of February, because that's the most likely place for Huawei to announce a totally new foldable phone.
In the meantime you can see how it fares against the Samsung Galaxy Fold, in case you want to spend two grand on a phone but can't decide which one is for you.