Huawei Delays the Launch of Its Foldable Phone to September

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 14 Jun 2019

Huawei Mate X

Foldable phones were supposed to be the future and 2019 was going to be all about them. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold wowed everyone before Huawei unveiled the Mate X and stole the Korean company’s thunder. The Galaxy Fold was on the verge of being launched before Samsung was forced to pull it back due to reliability issues with its design. And now, Huawei is doing something similar.

The company has announced that it now intends to launch the Mate X in September. The phone was supposed to launch in June but that has now been delayed as it is conducting extra tests.

Huawei has taken a more cautious approach with the Mate X after the Galaxy Fold incident and it is now conducting additional tests with mobile carriers and developers around the world to ensure the device and apps work correctly on it.

“We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation,” the spokesperson told CNBC.

Whenever it does launch though, Huawei will first focus on markets where 5G is available as the Mate X has 5G connectivity.

It is unclear if the U.S. ban on Huawei is also at play here for the Mate X delayed launch. The company’s spokesperson that despite the ban, it is “confident” of launching the device to consumers. Plus, it will still run on Android when it launches since it was launched before the U.S. government put Huawei on the Entity list.

Our Take

Nonetheless, the additional months of delay in launching the Mate X on Huawei’s part show that it does not seem to be that confident about its design. Huawei had the opportunity to capitalize on the Galaxy Fold delay by launching the Mate X and get consumers talking about it. The delay has all but squandered that opportunity.

It now remains to be seen if Samsung is able to fix the design reliability issues with the Galaxy Fold ahead of the Mate X launch or not.

[Via CNBC]