Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei learning from Samsung’s mistake, delays foldable Mate X

Huawei learning from Samsung’s mistake, delays foldable Mate X

We reached out to Huawei for more clarification but have so far only been able to confirm that the September delay is real.

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which folds inwards - keeping its pliable screen stowed away inside the phone when it's not in use and requiring a secondary display to allow users to still interact with the handset when its folded, the display on the Huawei Mate X folds around the outside of the hinge.

But now, the Fold's biggest bendy competitor - the Huawei Mate X - has been delayed, and somehow, it's Samsung's fault. The smartphone was originally set to release on April 26, but the manufacturer indefinitely delayed the device after multiple review units experienced display issues.

The launch date in the USA had been set for April 24, but that came and went after the first units to get into people's hands started suffering some durability problems.

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Interestingly, Huawei reportedly partially placed the blame on Samsung and its foldable phone debacle. It's worth noting Huawei had not announced an official release date, but the spokesperson did note the company was doing extra testing to make sure apps work when the device is fully unfolded.

Huawei wants to perform extra tests on its foldable design, which stole the show at MWC 2019 in February before it's ready to launch it. Huawei says its place on the Entity List doesn't impact the Mate X's ability to use Google's Android operating system, since the phone was announced well before the USA government took its latest action against the company. "We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation", the person told CNBC.

The spokesperson also said that Huawei very much wants to continue using Google's Android on its devices, but it's also ready to do its own thing.

The launch of Mate X, which was announced back in February, will give a boost to Huawei after it was reportedly forced to scrap a planned launched of a new laptop because it was unable to deliver the product due to it being on a United States blacklist.

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