Huawei Launches Mate XS Folding Phone With Better Screen

Huawei on Monday presented an update of its folding smartphone, with a stronger and higher quality screen with which it hopes to convince its users to spend about 2,700 dollars on its new design.
The new Mate XS goes on the market a year after the Chinese tech giant showed its first folding phone, which had continuous screens to create an eight-inch monitor. That device only went on sale in China in November, once the company improved its design.
The Mate XS is the same size as its predecessor, but it comes with a stronger screen and a better hinge mechanism that makes the device more durable, said Huawei sales chief Richard Yu in a launch presentation in Barcelona.
The best version of the folding phone will be priced at 2,499 euros ($ 2,710) and will go on sale worldwide next month, Yu said.
The launch was broadcast from Barcelona, ​​where the Mobile World Congress was going to be held this week, an event that was finally canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker by volume, had its first foldable phone ready shortly before its rival, but its launch was delayed after users who received them for testing found problems on the screens.
The South Korean company is persevering in the segment of folding technology and previously this month showed a device in the shape of a powder box that opened to show a traditional telephone.
The Mate XS, like last year’s Mate 30 smartphone, will not have access to a licensed version of Google’s Android operating system, after last year the United States banned its companies from doing business with Huawei.
Global product marketing manager Peter Gauden said Huawei’s first option would have been to use the full version of Android but that, “in the absence” of that alternative, he opted for “a different address.”

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