The launch of Huawei’s highly anticipated foldable phone, the Mate X, has been delayed. It will now launch in September not in June. According to the CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, the company was doing extensive testing to make sure the device was ready for consumers. Plus, after the failed launch of Samsung’s own foldable device, the Galaxy Fold, The Chinese tech giant was taking a cautious approach. The shipment of this phone was indefinitely delayed when after very few days the devices reviewed by the outlets broke in a matter of days.
A spokesperson from Huawei told CNBC that they are very concern about their reputation and will not compromise on that. They will not release a device to destroy their reputation.
The reliability of relatively untested foldable technology is not necessarily the much bigger problem for the company but the US trade ban is the other major one. As Huawei is in the so called entity list so all the firms of the America have been unable to sell or license any technology to the firm. This trade ban has created many troubles for Huawei including the inability to license the full version of Google’s Android operating system.
However, the delay in the launch is mainly because the company was doing extra testing with mobile carriers around the world according to the spokesperson, and also developers want to make sure their apps work when the device is fully unfolded.
Well! there are still some questions which are unanswered like whether the Mate X will launch with Android or not. But according to the CNBC, Mate X will ship with Android because the phone was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List. This issue is still in the discussion as according to the WSJ. However, other chances are that the phone may be ship with the Huawei’s own OS on which the company is working for years.
Google’s Android operating system will run on Mate X because it was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List, according to a spokesperson of Huawei. Moreover, Huawei is very confident about this device that it can deliver this device to consumers.
Mate X has a single 8-inch OLED panel that folds in two, 8GB of RAM, three cameras, 5G support, and costs roughly €2,299 ($2,600). The launch of a new laptop is also scrapped by Huawei this week because of its current position on a US trade blacklist.