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Huawei's Foldable Smartphone, The Mate X, Briefly, Goes On Sale In China.
The Mate X went on sale for a price of 16,999 yuan ($2460) via Huawei's online store and reportedly sold out "within minutes". Consumers that did not manage to buy a Mate X on Friday will get another chance on 22 November when a second batch will go on sale. Anyone buying one of the folding devices also gets 50% off screen-related repairs and replacements. The 5G Mate X is available in one model featuring an 8in (20.3cm) screen when unfolded. When closed it has two screens - one 6.8in and the smaller one 6.6in. Huawei said the phone was available in "limited quantities" for the first sale but did not give a precise number on how many were sold. The Huawei device was initially due to go on sale in June, but the launch was delayed following the imposition of sanctions by the US. The phone is currently available only in China, but Huawei has said it will be available in other countries at some point. Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X uses Huawei’s EMUI 9 operating system, which is based on Google’s Android. The company can use the open-source version of Android but if U.S. sanctions are fully enforced, it will lose access to Google’s popular music and other apps, making it harder to compete with Samsung. Huawei smartphones sold in China already use local music and other apps because Google services aren’t licensed by Beijing.
Huawei unveiled a smartphone operating system, HarmonyOS, in August that it said can replace Android if necessary. The company says; however, it wants to keep working with American vendors.