Huawei is unveiling a fresh version of its folding smartphone, the Mate Xs, alongside revamped tablets and laptops. Even after the Mobile World Congress was recently canceled over fears of coronavirus, the smartphone company unveiled a series of high-end updates via a virtual press conference.
The headline product is in direct competition with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and it has the same design as its predecessor, the Mate X, which was launched at 2019’s MWC but was only launched in China in November. The Mate Xs comes with Huawei’s new Kirin 990 processor with 5G connectivity but it will not come with Google’s version of Android or its application, services or the Play Store since Huawei is still on the US trade blacklist.
Ben Wood, chief of research for CCS Insight said, “Despite Huawei’s optimism, offering Android smartphones without Google’s applications and services is a tough sell. The big test will be whether consumers who sign up to Huawei’s deals persevere with the device or ultimately give up and return it.”
“There is little question things will get tougher for Huawei as 2020 progresses as rival players unveil new Android smartphones with a full suite of Google services and apps.”