Last year, shortly after Samsung showed the world it’s first foldable phone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei rained on their parade by releasing an arguable better-looking foldable phone: the Huawei Mate X. While the ensuing America-China Trade war left Huawei cold, without Google Mobile Services (GMS), the Chinese OEM still released the phone in its high market. Now, the company reportedly claims that it’s selling about 100,000 Mate Xs every month in China.
The phone was released in China in November and retailed for CNY 16999 (≈ USD 2400). Given its launch date, the phone’s sales can be estimated to be over 200,000. This is quite impressive for a phone that’s launched in only one market. Although, since there is no official confirmation on Huawei’s behalf, it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt.
For context, Samsung CEO DJ Koh recently revealed at CES 2020 that they’ve sold about 400,000 to 500,000 of the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Fold since its (re)launch in September. Unlike the Huawei Mate X, the Galaxy Fold was made available in more markets internationally.
Irrespective of the specific numbers, it’s safe to say that foldable phones aren’t a gimmick and customers really see value in this futuristic form factor. The Samsung Galaxy Fold selling almost half a million units despite messing up its original launch is quite a feat in itself.
I too had the opportunity to check out the Samsung Galaxy Fold and use it as a daily driver for about a week. The privilege of being able to flip open up the phone to reveal a bigger display is not only magical but is also quite utilitarian.
Like it or not, foldable phones are going to be the norm in the future. 2020 has barely started and we’ve already seen a bunch of brands either showing or promising their own foldable phones later this year. Samsung’s second foldable, the “Galaxy Z Flip”, is expected to be the next big launch.