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The Mate X August release may beat Galaxy Fold to the punch

The Mate X August release may beat the Galaxy Fold to the punch
Samsung is gearing up for the final release date of the Galaxy Fold, after the few preview specimens it sent out to tech reviewers and assorted "influencers" were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts. Korean media reported recently that it has actually managed to solve the two glaring problems that emerged during the real-life operation of the Fold - the top layer looking like a screen protector, and the peeling on the crease edges..

During the announcement of Huawei's newest phones in the Nova 5 series, on the other hand, the mobile department chief disclosed some news around the foldable Mate X release, too. It seems that the phone hasn't been delayed to test it further for the mishaps that happened with the Galaxy Fold preview units, but rather because it awaits 5G testing and "certification" which we'd wager to guess means a wait to see what happens with Huawei's Google Services ban.

Well, today's report out of China is that the TAH-AN00 codename (denoting the Mate X), has obtained a network access license from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industries, and the phone's last release hurdle has been overcome. 

This jibes in with the report that the White House administration will be relaxing the bans it imposed on Huawei suppliers before the mid-August deadline, so we might very well see Huawei launch the world's first mass-produced foldable phone before Samsung.

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Huawei Mate X specs
  • Display 8.0 inches 2480 x 2200 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP (Quad camera)
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 980 8GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
Samsung Galaxy Fold specs
  • Display 7.3 inches 2152 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 12GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4380 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI

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