Huawei claims it’s selling 100,000 of its $2,400 Mate X foldable phones per month, rivaling Samsung

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A new market for folding phones is being dominated by two companies - Samsung and now Chinese tech giant, Huawei. Huawei says it


Huawei says it’s selling 100,000 of its $2,400 Mate X foldable phones every month and rivaling competitors like Samsung

  • Huawei is already selling 100,000 folding Mate X’s per month 
  • The figure rivals sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold which has sold 500,000 units
  • Sales numbers are another vote of confidence for a new line of folding devices

Customers just can’t get enough folding phones. 

Chinese tech giant, Huawei says it’s rivaling the likes of Samsung in its bid to popularize a new line of premium smart phones with a folding display.

According to the company, it’s now selling 100,000 units of its $2,400 Mate X per month which rivals an updated estimate from Samsung that it has sold between 400,000 to 500,000 Galaxy Folds – its own folding device – since September.

Samsung initially claimed that it sold 1 million units last month, but quickly backtracked on that figure.

A new market for folding phones is being dominated by two companies – Samsung and now Chinese tech giant, Huawei. Huawei says it’s now shipping 100,000 of its folding Mate X phones every month

While it’s not altogether surprising that Huawei, one of the top three biggest purveyors of smart phones across the globe, was able to sell 100,000 Mate X’s per month, it’s yet another vote of consumer confidence for folding devices.

Last month, one of the most anticipated new folding phones, a revamped Motorola razr that folds vertically like a retro clam shell device, was forced to slightly delay its launch due to unanticipated demand.

As for the Mate X, Huawei says it’s already planning to release an upgraded version of the premium folding phone.

According to Richard Yu, Huawei’s leader of consumer business who spoke to Frandroid, a french site that covers mobile phones, last month the Chinese tech giant plans to release a modified version of the Mate X in early 2020.

The next iteration will reportedly come with an improved hinge, stronger screen and a faster processor.

A redesigned Mate X is expected to released this year. It's unclear what the device's price tag will be as the current versions already costs $2,400

A redesigned Mate X is expected to released this year. It’s unclear what the device’s price tag will be as the current versions already costs $2,400

Hopeful customers in Europe also got some good news as the company is reportedly planning to bring the folding phone, which is currently only available in China, to market there in 2020.

The company began shipping its Mate X in China on November 15 and told The Verge that it is was in the process of outlining plans for an international release at the time.

Huawei’s Mate X is among the first phones to pioneer a new breed of folding device and comes with a collapsible screen that can be used in two configurations.

When open, the display spans 8 inches and appears closer to a tablet. While closed, the phone folds onto itself for a more traditional-looking 6.6-inch display.

The biggest question for the Mate X will be durability since the phone’s screen wraps around its hinge on the exterior instead of folding inside.

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