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Huawei Mate X foldable launch pushed to November, successor model may get more screens

Pushing the Mate X launch to November would allow Samsung to become the first company to market a foldable smartphone in September. (Source: T3)
Pushing the Mate X launch to November would allow Samsung to become the first company to market a foldable smartphone in September. (Source: T3)
Initially scheduled to release around the same time as the Galaxy Fold in May, the Mate X had to be rescheduled for a later date as Huawei started to face severe problems with the U.S. bans. Even though September was supposed to be the new target for the relaunch, Huawei recently announced that the Mate X will most likely be released this November.
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Despite all the bans imposed by the U.S. government, Huawei is still alive and kicking, and it is now back on track to become the world’s second smartphone maker. The company had to manage its priorities and a few highly anticipated models like the foldable Mate X had to be delayed in the process.

Initially expected to launch this May, the Mate X had to be rescheduled for a September release, but a recent Shenzhen press event revealed that November is now the target launch month. This would allow Samsung to become the first company to market a foldable model, if the Galaxy Fold does indeed launch in September. Additionally, Huawei shared some design changes that were approved for the first version, plus some possible designs that could make it in the successor model.

According to TechRadar, the Mate X model that is now supposed to launch in November has a slimmer lock button and a refined ‘Falcon hinge.’ The rumored carbon fiber hinge will not make it into this year’s model, however. Apparently, the design team also tried to replace the steel back with an aluminum one to shave off 20 g, but the aluminum material just was not strong enough.

As for the Mate X successor, the design team is hoping to fit even more displays by replacing the metal back with glass surfaces that support touchscreens. This may prove a bit tricky, since Huawei has not yet figured out how to turn glass into a foldable material. This is mainll why the initial Mate X will ship with plastic protective layers for the foldable display.

Huawei is now trying to launch the Mate X no later than November in order to benefit from the Holiday shopping spree, while the successor is expected to hit the markets in late 2020.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1537 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-08-15 (Update: 2019-08-15)