Huawei 5G Mate X, The mobile handset went on sale for a price of 16,999 yuan (£1,900) via Huawei’s online store and reportedly sold out out “within minutes”.
Phone fans who did not manage to buy a Mate X on Friday will get another chance on 22 November when a second batch will go on sale.
Anyone buying one of the folding devices also gets 50% off screen-related repairs and replacements.
The 5G Mate X is available in one model featuring an 8in (20.3cm) screen when unfolded. When closed it’s 2 screens – one six.8in and the smaller one 6.6in.
Huawei aforementioned the phone was accessible in “limited quantities” for the primary sale however failed to provides a precise variety on what number were sold-out.
Growing numbers of phone-makers square measure getting down to provide collapsable devices. Samsung, Xiaomi and Motorola have both made flexible devices alongside smaller players such as Royole. Other phone-makers, together with Apple and Google, square measure famed to be experimenting with their own styles.
The Huawei device was ab initio thanks to continue sale in Gregorian calendar month however the launch was delayed following the imposition of sanctions by the US.
The phone is presently accessible solely in China however Huawei has aforementioned it’ll be accessible in different countries at some purpose.
Ben Wood, from analyst CCS Insight, said he was “increasingly sceptical” about Huawei’s folding phone after using the Samsung Galaxy Fold for a few weeks and spending some time with the just-released Motorola Razr.
Huawei’s call to place the screen on the surface of the phone created it “incredibly vulnerable” to accidental harm, he said.
“That risk, the eye-watering price and the decision to only ship it in China makes me wonder whether it is a super niche device that was more about Huawei demonstrating ‘the art of the possible’ instead of having a reputable business product,” he told the BBC.