On Wednesday, the Huawei Mate X finally made it’s official debut in China after months of delay due to the need of stringent testing to ensure the device do not experience any glitches which were previously discovered on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Starting November 15th, the Huawei Mate X will go on a limited sale in the Chinese market with a staggering 16,999 yuan ($2,403) price tag. However, it’s global launch and availability remain uncertain.
According to CNBC, a Huawei’s spokesman had told them “Our strategy is based on carriers’ 5G roll out in different regions. So far, Huawei is making the Huawei Mate X available in the China market from November 15th. A global launch plan is under review.”
This doesn’t came much as a surprise, given that the company’s latest Mate 30 series had also saw a limited launch in the global market, with Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines being some of the few countries where the device is available for purchase.
Surely, one of the main reasons for the limited launch in the global market is due to the omission of pre-installed Google Play apps and services on their latest smartphones as a result of the ongoing US Trade ban. The omission of these crucial apps will definitely affect the normal smartphone usage for consumers, who’re already accustomed to using apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Google Pay, as well as Netflix to name a few.
However, amidst the ongoing US trade ban on Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker is still able to ship more than 200 million smartphones globally.