15 October 2019
Huawei’s foldable smartphone Mate X is still not ready to hit the market and the company’s CEO Richard Yu has himself confirmed the same. A journalist got the chance to meet the CEO at an airport in China where she also got lucky to have a quick look at the foldable phone. While taking a quick hands-on of a more refined unit of the Mate X, Yu told her that the release of the device has been postponed which means the interested buyers would need to wait.
Furthermore, the Mate X appears to have a new redefined look and a major change. The visible change is the fourth rear camera which is a ToF sensor as the company’s website confirms. However, it’s unclear if there was a fourth camera earlier because it wasn’t visible before. It’s possible that this fourth camera was hidden under a black filter in the previously exhibited prototypes. There also seems to be a bigger button to unhook the foldable part. The “Falcon Wing” mechanism is now covered with a texturized composite which looks to be a carbon fiber material. Also, the device doesn’t seem to have navigation buttons, so we can believe the device support navigation gestures. It’s difficult to say what exact changes the company has made over the course but some visible variations reflect the company is reconsidering several things.
Note that the release of the Huawei Mate X was expected to be made in September but looks like it’s not even happening in the reported month and would rather take more time to be a little more mature. The promotional posters spotted in China earlier this month depicted the release is quite near but it appears everything is just getting reorganized before pushing the device in the market. This, of course, makes sense as Huawei doesn’t want to make blunders and call its device back as Samsung did. The Chinese company is contributing a lot and taking a good amount of time in improving the device.
To add more here, reportedly in a recent interview with He Gang, director of Huawei’s consumer business mobile phone line, Huawei is still busy "optimizing/perfecting" the Mate X to meet the company's strict quality requirements. He also admitted that the process has turned out to be challenging than what they thought about.
Everyone should be very clear that Huawei’s quality requirements are very demanding. If it does not meet the quality requirements, we will not let the products go on the market.
In related news, Samsung has now given a fixed release timeframe for the release of its foldable phone. And it looks like, the report that claimed Samsung will release its foldable first before Huawei may turn out to be true.