Huawei says its foldable Mate X phone is selling at a clip of 100,000 per month since it launched in China in November, according to Android Central. The Mate X, which is only for sale in China, sells for 16,999 yuan, or about $2,400.
Samsung executive Young Sohn incorrectly claimed the Galaxy Fold had sold 1 million units, but later updated that figure at CES 2020 to “400,000 to 500,000” since its September launch.
Huawei and rival Samsung were the two front-runners in the race to bring a foldable phone to market first in 2019. At CES 2019, foldable prototypes were plentiful. But Samsung beat most top competitors when the Galaxy Fold released, then rereleased after a bumpy launch. Microsoft’s foldable Duo and Motorola’s foldable Razr are due out later this year.
Huawei is expected to unveil an upgraded version of the Mate X at MWC 2020 in Barcelona next month. It will be powered by the newer Kirin 990 5G chipset and could support 65W charging speeds. Unlike the Mate X, the upcoming Mate XS is likely to be launched in Europe as well. The foldable phone is also likely to come with Huawei Mobile Services, the Chinese smartphone maker’s alternative to Google Mobile Services.