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Huawei Mate X pops up in highly dubious sales listing

The Huawei Mate X. (Source: MyDrivers)
The Huawei Mate X. (Source: MyDrivers)
The Huawei Mate X has reportedly appeared as a retail item on a Chinese retail site. This is highly suspicious, however, particularly as the OEM has announced that this foldable phone's launch will now be delayed. In addition, the price included on the order page in question is out of line with previous projections.

The Huawei Mate X was to have been the first foldable phone to launch in 2019, following the Samsung Galaxy Fold's teething problems. However, the OEM has just announced that it will now delay this event to an unspecified date, thus casting doubt on its ability to beat its main competitor to a general release. However, the e-tailer Taobao may not have heard of this new development.

This website had allegedly made a sales page for the revolutionary device, even though it now definitely lacks an official launch date. Such a claim has been made by the blog MyDrivers, which has mobile screenshots of the relevant listing to display on its own website. It shows a device that is most likely the Mate X, alongside pricing information.

This point, however, is where the apparent new exclusive availability of the foldable phone starts to fall down. It appears to show that the product will cost between 8888 and 24999 yuan (or between US$1283 and $3610). The lower end of this range is improbable, whereas the higher is also overblown, especially compared to earlier indications that the Mate X would start at the equivalent of $2600.

In addition, the webpage in question is no longer to be found on Taobao's website. Therefore, it is most likely that MyDrivers' assertions are based on a listing made in error, or on a placeholder that has subsequently been pulled from the site.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06-15 (Update: 2019-06-15)