Huawei Sells Mate X Without Google Apps Amid US Ban

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  • The move followed the recent restrictions that the USA had put on the China-based technology giant
  • Huawei is planning to lay off hundreds of its employees working in the United States
  • While Samsung’s foldable smartphone costs US$ 1,998, Huawei announced its smartphone for US$ 2,600
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According to a recent report by the Associated Press, China-based Huawei is selling its folding smartphone without Google apps. It is to be noted here that the USA has blacklisted Huawei from doing business in the country citing National Security reasons.

Mate X, the foldable smartphone by Huawei features a flexible OLED foldable FullView display, falcon-wing mechanical hinge and a 5G modem chipset Balong 5000. Huawei’s official statement regarding the smartphone’s specifications read, “Equipped with the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, the chipset has unprecedented 5G download speeds, at 4.6 Gps on the Sub-6 GHz band (theoretical).”

Huawei Mate X’s dual SIM feature supports both 4G and 5G

The Huawei Mate X’s dual SIM feature supports both 4G and 5G. It has a 4500 mAh battery and Leica sensors as cameras. The company’s official statement regarding the battery read, 55 W Huawei SuperCharge tops the battery up quickly to minimise downtime for those who prefer a fast-paced lifestyle. In just 30 minutes, Huawei SuperCharge is able to charge the battery back to 85 percent.

Huawei vs Samsung

Huawei said that its first foldable smartphone is primed for the upcoming 5G mobile connections. Huawei announced its foldable smartphone four days after the introduction of Samsung’s foldable device. There is a huge US$ 600 price difference between the two. While Samsung’s foldable smartphone costs US$ 1,998, Huawei announced its smartphone for US$ 2,600.

Ken Hu, deputy chairman, Huawei stated that the restrictions, based on ungrounded allegations, have been imposed on Huawei in order to disrupt our business operations. They believe this behavior is totally unjustified. It goes against the values of the international business community, cuts off the global supply chain and disrupts fair competition in the market. This could happen to any other industry and company in the future if we don’t jointly confront these issues.

Recently, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) announced that it has shipped 200 million smartphones to date in 2019, 64 days earlier than the same shipment milestone last year. Interestingly, these numbers are despite the recent restrictions that the USA had put on the China-based technology giant.

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