That's Huawei we roll: Firm claims it's slinging 100k of its pricey, China-exclusive Mate X foldable phones each month

www.theregister.co.uk | 9/6/2019 | Staff
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The success of the Huawei Mate X has always been in doubt. But, improbably, sales have actually been fairly decent, with the Chinese tech giant claiming to be flogging 100,000 each month (in Chinese). That’s not too bad, considering the unfortunate geopolitical circumstances Huawei finds itself in.

Announced at MWC 2019, the Huawei Mate X was one of the first foldable phones to hit the market. It was also a victim of bad timing, with its release foreshadowed by the Trump Administration placing Huawei on an entity list in May 2019 — thereby preventing American companies from doing business with it.

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This has forced Huawei to limit sales of the device to the Chinese market, where it remains the largest handset brand. The entry-level Mate X model retails at roughly $2,500 — or nearly eight times the monthly minimum wage in Shenzhen, where the company is headquartered.

The Mate X was finally released on November 15 last year, following multiple delays to solve out quality control issues. From that, we can extrapolate Huawei has managed to flog circa 200,000 Mate X phones.

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Huawei’s figures — even though a drop in the water when compared to the broader smartphone industry — contrast favourably with...
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