Huawei's first foldable has generated nearly $500 million in sales

Huawei's first foldable has generated nearly $500 million in sales
Last month, Samsung president Young Sohn electrified the smartphone industry when he said that his company had sold 1 million foldable Galaxy Fold units at nearly $2,000 a pop. Samsung later indicated that the figure was incorrect and a couple of days ago at CES, mobile chief DJ Koh said the actual number of Galaxy Fold units sold was in a range of 400,000 to 500,000. That means that the foldable generated nearly $1 billion in revenue for the company.

The other foldable handset available from a major manufacturer is the Huawei Mate X, although it is limited to domestic sales inside China only. According to the company, it has been selling at a rate of 100,000 units per month since its launch in November. The Mate X is priced at the equivalent of approximately $2,450 USD at current exchange rates; if the company's sales numbers are accurate, the Mate X has brought in the equivalent of nearly half a billion dollars to Huawei.

Huawei Mate Xs will feature Humaei Mobile Services and will be sold outside of China


Unlike the inward folding Galaxy Fold, the Mate X folds outward. This means that it sports a 6.6-inch front-screen and a 6.4-inch back screen. When opened, the two displays become a nearly square 8-inch AMOLED display. The device is powered by the Kirin 980 SoC and carries 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. The camera module on the back is equipped with a 40MP primary camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. The latter measures the time it takes for infrared light to bounce off of a subject and return to the phone. With this data, more accurate depth information can be calculated for enhanced AR capabilities, more natural bokeh blurs on portraits, and to produce secure 3D maps. A 4500mAh battery keeps the lights on.

Next month at MWC in Barcelona, Huawei is expected to introduce a refreshed version of the phone, the Huawei Mate Xs. This model should be equipped with the Kirin 990 5G chipset that packs more than 10.3 billion transistors in each chip. It also might support a faster 65W charging speed and feature Huawei Mobile Services replacing the Google Mobile Services that the company cannot license because of the U.S. supply chain ban. Huawei will reportedly offer this version of its foldable for sale outside of China giving the firm a shot at an even bigger payoff.


The delayed Motorola razr was originally expected to be launched on January 9th but was delayed. This seems to be the pattern with foldables as both the Galaxy Fold and Mate X were released months behind schedule. But while those two had issues that needed to be dealt with before they were made available for purchase, Motorola says that it pushed back the razr's release so that it could build more units to meet heavy demand. Some are skeptical about this story, especially since the delay seems to fit the pattern set by Samsung and Huawei's foldable devices. And Motorola has yet to announce a new release date.

The interesting question is whether Motorola will release the razr before February 11th when Samsung is expected to unveil its next foldable phone, the Galaxy Bloom. This device will also close around the horizontal axis like the razr and could be marketed toward female consumers. The most important thing about this bit of news is that it means the Galaxy Fold 2 will most likely sport a form factor similar to the Galaxy Fold. It is expected to sport flagship specs similar to the OG model but could be equipped with a real glass display.

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Mate X
  • Display 8.0" 2200 x 2480 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 512GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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27 Comments

1. DBozz

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Somehow i can't believe any of Huawei's sales statistics report since they got dropped out of google services. I think they are trying to project themselves that they r not affected by Google's ban by showing fake records! With 500m sales record they should have sold neary atleast 250thousand foldables if each one cost 2000$! Is any one has ever seen Huawei foldables outside out of those 250 thousand numbers atleast in YouTube other than concept reveal,?!

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It’s mainly selling in China and there are plenty of people there for these numbers. In actual fact I would have expected more but I guess they have a limited run of these.

6. peschiera

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Double post

7. peschiera

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

You are absolutely right. This numbers can only be fake. Based on a unit price of 2.500 and total revenue of 500 Mio. they must have sold 200.000 units already. Where are the reviews? There must be thousands of videos in Internet showing it in action.

12. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Most of them were sold in China so you won't see many English reviews, duh.

14. peschiera

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

I'm not askinf for many. I'm asking for one single review the same way Sammy did: sending them to the reviewers and let them play with it without supervision. If you sold 200.000 of them, you should be able to spare a few of them for reviewers, shouldn't you?

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Check the Chinese streaming sites like QQ, there quite a few reviews

22. Fred3

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

https://youtu.be/xDnYVilnnoI I didn't think much about it until I watched this so I can see why no one believes those sales numbers

16. Papa_Ji

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

search for reviews on Chinese sites...

11. BullDozer

Posts: 160; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Those are sold in China where Google services including Youtube are blocked.

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Considering how large the population in China is, where the most of sales occur, their number is quite believable.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Let Midan laugh at this and boast some numbers of Apple!!

5. Ali888

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

"Huawei Mate Xs will feature Humaei Mobile Services and will be sold outside of China" uhm... what mobile services?

18. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Must be a typo.

15. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Did not know it was released already. I ward folding looks way better & much more particle but only if you can use the folding mechanism of the Motorola fold, less creasing.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

So people here really think that Huawei smartphone sales numbers are fake because they lack Google Mobile Services? Um, there are no GMS in China, and that’s where the bulk of these were sold. China is the largest smartphone market, and Huawei has the largest market share there. It’s pretty easy to see how they sold so much. For the record, it was said that they sold about 200,000 Mate X smartphones, give or take:https://www.huaweicentral.com/huaweis-foldabl​e-phone-accounts-100000-units-sale-per-month/ And Huawei also has their own Mobile Services (HMS) that have been growing at a pretty decent rate (numbers to follow). People here need to realize that there are tech sites that actually report on this stuff. People need to come out of their bubble. There is a whole world out there.

21. Fred3

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

No. They're saying it's fake because there's many things that goes into play with it. It's only being sold in China with the amount of people that live there, including the ones that's old enough to by one, that's interested in buying one, that can afford one, that has other options. Plus the popularity of it. The numbers don't really add up Not only that but they're not a public traded company and is not on any stock market so they don't actually have to answer to anyone and can make up number amount of what is sold. https://youtu.be/xDnYVilnnoI

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why would Huawei, an extremely successful company in the smartphone space, especially in China, being the #2 global smartphone OEM, need to release information that isn't true about the sales of one of their smartphones? All of what you said is speculative, at best. None of what is shown in that video provides any evidence that Huawei is releasing false data whatsoever. It's all ridiculous innuendo.

24. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree Fred. I said the same thing multiple times but it fell on deaf ears because some people just didn't want to hear the truth. I think the data is skewed for multiple reasons including the ones you listed. Huawei is a shady company that is backed by the Chinese regime and this right is just more proof in the pudding.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

If the data is skewed and Huawei is falsifying numbers, post proof...let’s see your evidence. And not some opinion from some hack on YouTube, solid proof. If not you’re posting innuendo and disinformation like you normally do.

27. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Oh right you mean like you post proof of the nonsense you post on a daily basis? Documented facts and it's available for all to see in regards to Huawei. Not posting innuendo at all.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, I mean like the nonsense you post on a daily basis. What's in that YouTube video isn't "documented facts", it's documented rambling from a hack, and you fell for it, as expected. It's innuendo at best.

30. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't fall for anything. Like I said before, documented facts whether you want to admit it or not. It's not innuendo at all, end of story.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course you fell for it. And someone’s “opinion” isn’t a documented fact, whether you want to admit it or not. But you once said that your opinion trumps facts, so I expect I’m not surprised you believe that. It’s innuendo, end of story.

29. magnaroader

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

I wish Xiaomi had released their foldable phone so that we would have had more diversity. It's the Galaxy fold, the Razr or the Mate X (limited to China). Or the goddamn Escobar phone lol

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