Huawei unveils Mate X2, flagship foldable smartphone for China market

Huawei unveils Mate X2, flagship foldable smartphone for China market

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Beijing: Huawei, struggling under US sanctions, launched a foldable smartphone on Monday with an 8-inch (20 cm) screen to demonstrate its technological prowess, but said it will only be sold in China.

The Mate X2 highlights the challenges for Huawei Technologies Ltd. after Washington cut off access to U.S. processor chips and Google services. Last year, Huawei fell from the top-selling global smartphone brand to sixth place.

Huawei says the Mate X2, its third folding phone, has crisper visuals and better sound for movies and games. It runs on Huawei’s most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.

Richard Yu, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit, said at a live web conference that this phone provides “a truly immersive experience.”

The Mate X2 highlights the challenges for Huawei Technologies Ltd. after Washington cut off access to U.S. processor chips and Google services. Last year, Huawei fell from the top-selling global smartphone brand to sixth place.

Huawei says the Mate X2, its third folding phone, has crisper visuals and better sound for movies and games. It runs on Huawei’s most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.

Monday’s launch “says a lot about how it still wants to trumpet its advances in technology, even if commercially speaking, its shipments will be severely hampered,” said Bryan Ma of IDC in an email.

Executives said that Huawei had stockpiled chips and other components earlier to prepare for a possible shutdown in the United States. How long these supplies may last is unclear.

Huawei has designed the Kirin product line, which can power its most advanced smartphones, but it has to rely on external manufacturers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., to manufacture it.

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