Samsung has had to repeatedly delay their Galaxy Fold, and now we’re expecting the foldable phone/tablet hybrid sometime in September. While all of those PR fires have been happening, Huawei has been relatively quiet about their own foldable gadget, the Mate X.
But it looks like Huawei might win the race next to Samsung, anyway. While we don’t have any official launch date from Huawei directly, we do know that the phone has just been certified on TENAA, which typically happens right before a major launch in China. It also confirms some of the hardware details that we’ve been curious about.
The Mate X will reportedly launch with an 8-inch OLED display that folds down into 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch displays on both sides. The aspect ratios are a little weird, but that’s certainly going to be a growing pain for folding screens.
The phone will use Huawei’s in-house Kirin 980 CPU, up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage across three configurations, and 5G support. It’s a little more feature-rich than the Galaxy Fold, and it’ll be available in smaller storage sizes, too. Just don’t expect that to do much for the price, since the 5G modem is almost definitely going to drive the price way up.
When it launches, you can expect Android 9.0 out of the box with an EMUI skin on top.
Again, we’re still holding out for an official release date, but this certification clears the way for Huawei to make an availability announcement soon.