15 October 2019
UPDATE (September 26th, 2019):
Huawei support has now officially confirmed that the Huawei Mate X foldable phone will indeed arrive in October. The exact release date is still unknown but that should be made public in coming days. It will be making its debut in the home country China and a global release is expected to begin from November.
Original (September 9th, 2019)
It has been months since Huawei Mate X was officially unveiled but it is the launch which is yet to happen. There have been delays with reasons related to making the device perfect for real-world usage. But on the sidelines of Huawei's IFA 2019 keynote, Huawei's Chairman for Consumer Business Group Richard Yu shared fresh details regarding future plans related to the foldable smartphone.
Yu revealed that Huawei is hoping to launch the Mate X as soon as the next month. He added that the team was originally planning to do the launch last month but as of now, it has been postponed for October. If everything goes according to the plan, eager buyers should be able to purchase Mate X starting next month.
This is undoubtedly an exciting update for the fans of foldable phones but there is new information that you should be aware of. Huawei is also considering releasing an upgraded and more powerful Mate X version. This new version will be arriving with the newly announced Kirin 990 5G processor which is one of the select 5G integrated chips in the market.
Huawei has plans for releasing the Kirin 980-powered Mate X smartphone first and then a few months later, it will be announcing the Kirin 990-powered version. It should be noted that the "few months" window is only a reference point and nothing is confirmed yet. It means the exact gap between the two models' launch is currently unknown.
Samsung's own foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold had to face various delays and it finally went on sale last week. Considering the competition between the two companies, it would make sense if Huawei launches Mate X next month. But for now, we will have to wait until next month to get any more details.