Huawei is set to launch its first-ever foldable phone, the Mate X, in China later this month, according to a new report (via Gizmochina).
The premium phone saw a postponement in its release date from June to September after the company decided to adopt a "cautious" approach, following Samsung Galaxy Fold's fiasco.
Here's more on this development.
Huawei to launch an improved version of Mate X
While Huawei didn't give an official reason for the delay of Mate X, industry experts suggested that the company wanted some time to do extra technical diligence to avoid a Galaxy Fold-like debacle.
As of now, we expect to see an improved LTE version of the Mate X and a more powerful 5G edition whose capabilities were demonstrated by the company back in June.
The big question
Will Huawei Mate X ship with Google services?
Meanwhile, it's unclear if Mate X will run Android out-of-the-box or not.
Some reports suggest it will ship with open-source Android but miss out on Google services, similar to the Huawei Mate 30 series.
However, some reports say that the folding phone will come with Google's mobile software and services as the device was announced before Huawei was placed on the Entity List.
Or could the device run on HongMeng OS?
While confusion prevails over the availability of Android support and Google services on the Mate X, another possibility is that the device could ship with HongMengOS (aka HarmonyOS), Huawei's own rival to Android.
The tech giant has already launched a couple of Honor TVs running on this new software and it could very well power the folding phone with HongMengOS, at least in China.
At a glance
Here's recalling the Mate X
The Huawei Mate X, priced at $2,600 (approximately Rs. 1,85,000), comes with a single 8-inch flexible OLED display that folds inwards to change from a tablet to a smartphone form-factor, with a 6.6-inch front display and a 6.38-inch rear display.
Under the hood, it is backed by Kirin 980 processor, paired with 8GB RAM, 512GB of storage, and 4,500mAh battery with 55W fast-charging support.
It also offers a triple lens camera setup
The Huawei Mate X sports a LEICA-engineered triple camera setup comprising a 40MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor, and an 8MP telephoto sensor.