Huawei unveils flagship foldable Mate X2 at $2,785, but only in China

Mate X2 is Huawei's third folding phone.

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Mate 2 runs on Huawei's most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.
BEIJING: Struggling under U.S. sanctions, Huawei unveiled a folding smartphone with an 8-inch (20-centimeter) -wide screen Monday to show off its tech prowess but said it will be sold only in China.

The Mate X2 highlights the challenges for Huawei Technologies Ltd. after Washington cut off access to U.S. processor chips and Google services. Last year, Huawei fell from the top-selling global smartphone brand to sixth place.

Huawei says the Mate X2, its third folding phone, has crisper visuals and better sound for movies and games. It runs on Huawei's most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.


The phone offers "a truly immersive experience," the president of Huawei's consumer unit, Richard Yu, said at a launch event broadcast online.

Huawei, China's first global tech brand, was battered by being put on an export blacklist by then-President Donald Trump in 2019 as a security risk, an accusation the company denies. Huawei sold its budget-priced Honor smartphone brand in November to focus resources on higher-end models.

The Mate X2 will start at 17,999 yuan ($2,785), according to Yu.
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Monday's launch "says a lot about how it still wants to trumpet its advances in technology, even if commercially speaking, its shipments will be severely hampered," said Bryan Ma of IDC in an email.

Executives said earlier Huawei stockpiled chips and other components in preparation for a possible U.S. cutoff. It isn't clear how long those supplies might last.

Huawei designed the Kirin line that powers its most advanced smartphones but relies on outside manufacturers including Taiwan's TSMC to make them.

The Trump administration stepped up sanctions last year by blocking TSMC and other global producers from using U.S. technology to make chips for Huawei, including those designed by the company.
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Mate 2 ​will be sold only in China.​
Mate 2 will be sold only in China.

Chinese officials accuse Washington of abusing national security complaints to suppress rising technology competitors. Huawei denies accusations it might facilitate Chinese spying.

Without Google music and other services preinstalled, Huawei's smartphone sales, including Honor, fell 22% last year to 188.5 million, according to Canalys.
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Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, said Feb. 9 he didn't expect new U.S. President Joe Biden to lift Trump's sanctions but expressed confidence the company can survive. Huawei, headquartered in Shenzhen in southern China, also is the biggest global maker of switching equipment for phone networks.

Huawei's smartphone unit depends increasingly on its home China market, which accounts for more than 70% of sales, up from 50% in 2019. The loss of Google services had no impact in China, where they aren't licensed and Huawei already used local alternatives.

China's ruling Communist Party has spent billions of dollars trying to build its own chip industry. But domestic producers lack the technology to manufacture chips for Huawei's most advanced products.

"The bigger question is more about how long their current stockpile of components will last them," said IDC's Ma.

Huawei has yet to report 2020 sales and profit, but Ren, the founder, said they were better than the previous year. Huawei said revenue for the first nine months of 2020 rose 9.9% to 671.3 billion yuan ($100.4 billion).

CES 2021: Rollable Phones & 5G Devices Will Change How You Use Smartphones
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This year began on a futuristic note, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021).

Forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to go digital, the show that kicked off on Monday concluded today. The virtual tech show, which usually welcomes a massive gathering of spectators in Las Vegas each year, showcased some of the biggest creations in artificial intelligence, concept cars, smart homes, along with an impressive lineup of smartphones.

The smartphones category at the CES 2021 was a perfect mix of budget-friendly and premium devices, heavily packed with the latest features.

Many of the smartphones launched at the show are expected to hit the shelves this year. Here's a list of best smartphones released at CES 2021.

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TCL Technology, a Chinese state-owned multinational company, on Monday launched two budget-friendly phones, the TCL 20 5G and the TCL 20 SE at CES 2021 on Monday. TCL 20 5G, a higher-end model, is priced at EUR 299 (Rs 26,600 approx.) and is available in two colour options - Mist Grey and Placid Blue. While it's already available in Italy, reports suggest it will be rolled out across the world in February.

The TCL 20 SE is tagged at EUR 149 (Rs 13,300 approx.) and comes in two different colours - Aurora Green and Nuit Black. It's scheduled to be launched around the world sometime in January.

TCL 20 5G: What's in the box

Display: 6.70-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 690 5G
Battery: 4,500mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 8MP wide camera, 2MP macro camera
Front camera: 8MP
RAM: 6GB
Storage: Up to 256GB, expandable via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

TCL 20 SE: What's in the box

Display: 6.82-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 460
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 5MP wide angle, 2MP depth camera and 2MP macro.
Front camera: 8-megapixel
RAM: 4GB
Storage: Up to 256GB, expandable via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

TCL Technology, a Chinese state-owned multinational company, on Monday launched two budget-friendly phones, the TCL 20 5G and the TCL 20 SE at CES 2021 on Monday. TCL 20 5G, a higher-end model, is pr..
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Motorola showed off its new smartphones from G-series Moto G Stylus 2021 and the Motorola One 5G Ace.

Both devices are under the Rs 30,000 range with Moto G Stylus 2020 priced at $299 (Rs 22,000 approx.), and the Motorola One 5G Ace available at $399.99 (Rs 29,500 approx). G Stylus 2020 comes in two colour variants - Aurora White and Aurora Black, while One 5G Ace comes in Frosted White colour only.

Motorola G Stylus: What's in the box?

Display: 6.80-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 678
Battery: 4,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary camera, additional 8MP, 2MP depth and 2MP macro
Front camera: 16-megapixel
OS: Android 10
RAM: 4BG
Storage: Up to 128GB inbuilt, can expand up to 512GB via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

Motorola One 5G Ace: What's in the box?

Display: 6.70-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 750G 5G
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 8MP and 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 10
RAM: 4GB
Storage: Up to 64GB inbuilt, can expend up to 1TB via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

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Produced under TCL Technology license, Nokia-owned company Alcatel, on January 13, released 1S - the most affordable and pocket-friendly model with impressive features. Priced EUR 109 (Rs. 9,700 approx.), 1S 2021 comes in two colour options - Twilight Blue and Elegant Black. The phone is expected to hit the markets in February.

One of the key features of the phone in this amazing budget is its split screen mode which lets you run through multiple apps simultaneously.

What's in the box?

Display: 6.52-inch
Processor: Octa-core
Battery: 3060mAh
Camera: 13MP primary along with 2MP depth, 2MP macro
Front camera: 5MP
OS: Android 11
RAM: 3GB
Storage: Up to 32GB inbuilt storage, can extend to 128GB via microSD card.
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

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The South Korean tech company, LG, mesmerised the CES digital crowd with its all-new rollable device. The company teased a glimpse of the smartphone that rolls up, proving its dominance over foldable phones. The company will launch its rollable smartphones by the end of this year.

Apart from LG, TCL, too, came rolling with the same concept, which doesn't have a name or a release date, yet. TCL said that its device will expand from a 6.7-inch to a 7.8-inch tablet at a touch of a finger.

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