Huawei Mate X5 now available for Mate X3 pricing as new foldable flagship contender
Huawei has now confirmed pricing for the Mate X5, a foldable that it launched last week in China. In short, the Mate X5 matches the Mate X3 in all areas apart from its chipset and memory options. As we discussed at the time, the Mate X5 relies on a Kirin 9000S chipset instead of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
So far, it is understood that the Kirin 9000S utilises ARM Cortex-A720 and Cortex-A510 CPU cores, as well as 7 nm nodes. Thus, the Mate X5 may perform worse than its predecessor in most tasks. Huawei has included ¢ GB more RAM this time around though, taking the Mate X5 to 16 GB. Moreover, the new Mate X also only comes with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB of storage options, matching its predecessor.
Surprisingly, Huawei has decided to sell five Mate X5 variants, including two Collector's Edition units. However, it is unclear what the Collector's Edition adds other than a 1 TB of storage option. Either way, the Mate X5 starts at CNY 12,999 (~US$1,788) with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, unchanged from last year.
As the screenshot below shows, the device rises in CNY 1,000 (~US$138) increments to its 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB variant that retails for CNY 16,999 (~US$2,338). In other words, the Mate X5 price matches its predecessor until its 1 TB model, which has received a CNY 1,000 (~US$138) uplift from last year. Currently, it remains to be seen whether Huawei intends to launch the Mate X5 globally, as it has with the Mate X3.