This article originally appeared on ABACUS Huawei’s new and improved foldable phone, the Mate Xs, started “presales” on Wednesday with a notable discount compared with other countries. The Mate Xs was unveiled on Monday with prices in Europe starting at €2,499 (about US$2,725). But on Chinese ecommerce platforms like JD.com and Alibaba’s Tmall, it’s selling for 16,999 yuan (US$2,415). The presale period lets people sign up to be notified when the phone goes on sale on March 5th. (Abacus is a unit of South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.) The 5G-enabled Mate Xs was launched during a live-streamed event in Barcelona after this year’s Mobile World Congress was canceled over coronavirus fears. Huawei says the Xs has a better display and improved hinge over the original that was unveiled a year ago. It will not, however, come with Google apps since US companies are currently barred from supplying the Chinese tech giant without a license. Google also warned that sideloading its apps on Huawei handsets is a security risk . Numbers from JD and Huawei’s Vmall show that a day after presales began, more than 480,000 people had signed up to be notified about the Mate Xs. That’s despite Huawei drawing criticism on Weibo this week for making a geopolitical blunder during its presentation in Barcelona. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.