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(Pocket-lint) - EE and Vodafone have confirmed they will be stocking Huawei's foldable 5G phone for the UK when it launches later this year.

Newly announced, the Mate X doesn't have any kind of UK price as yet - we do know its Euro pricing though; it will cost €2299 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.

The Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen and a 4,500mAh battery. 

Huawei says the Mate X release date "from the middle of 2019" depending on the "network deployment status of operators". 

We believe that EE will probably be the first 5G network live in the UK around the middle of the year. Again, there's no confirmed date for that. Vodafone simply says the Mate X is "coming soon".

We do know that EE is switching on 5G areas in 16 UK cities during 2019. The first launch cities will be the UK’s four capital cities – London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast – and Birmingham and Manchester. 

This will cover the busiest parts of cities, including London’s Hyde Park, Manchester Airport, Edinburgh Waverley train station, Belfast City Airport, The Welsh Assembly and Birmingham’s Bullring shopping Centre.

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Vodafone will start 5G services in cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London before the end of 2019. It also plans to launch 5G in the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall and the Lake District.

Writing by Dan Grabham. Originally published on 24 February 2019.