09 July 2019
Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone launched back in February was meant to go on sale sometime in the middle of 2019. But, according to the latest reports, Huawei has held back its plans of releasing its first foldable phone because it wants to test this new technology more. The Chinese company has reportedly told CNBC and The Wall Street Journal that it was doing extensive testing to make sure the device is ready for consumer and it was even taking “cautious” approach following the ill-fated Galaxy Fold. To the uninitiated ones, the Galaxy Fold unfurls like a book and the Huawei Mate X foldable solution closes outwards. Also, Samsung’s foldable smartphone review units broke down earlier this year and Samsung had to delay the release. In fact, there's no release date yet, but Huawei has a release timeframe for its foldable device.
A spokesperson for Huawei told CNBC,
We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation.
Huawei said to CNBC that it’s trying to launch the Huawei Mate X globally, focusing primarily on those markets that are rolling out the next-generation mobile networks known as 5G. Huawei’s spokesperson further told that even with the US blacklisting, it’s “confident” it can deliver this device to the consumers. He added that the Mate X will run Google’s Android OS because it was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List.
The foldable tech is quite new to the industry and it’s mandatory for the participants to not jump the gun just to become the first to release their device to the users. It’s a wise step that Huawei has taken; taking observations of what might have gone wrong with Samsung’s foldable device may help the Chinese company to know more about their own device.