Vincent Pang, Western European President of Huawei, said in an interview with techradar that the company’s Mate X foldable smartphones are set to be released no later than September 2019.
“It’s coming in September – at the latest,” said Pang. “Probably earlier, but definitely September is guaranteed”.
Huawei is patiently waiting for 5G to cement itself into China and a number of their other major market territories. Pang adds that the smartphone is set to launch in “any country that has 5G,” and that the delay for the rollout has nothing to do with Huawei’s current issues with the US — but rather with the slow adoption of 5G.
In a surprise move, Pang confirms that the device will still run Android — this is because plans for the smartphone had already been unveiled before the US ban was announced, therefore falling outside of the administration’s ban.
Huawei SA has confirmed that the device will be made available to the South African market.
By Jenna Cook
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