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Huawei’s foldable Mate X delayed to September due to Galaxy Fold’s debacle

Huawei’s foldable Mate X delayed to September due to Galaxy Fold’s debacle

Instead, Huawei says it's delaying the Mate X to keep testing the phone in the wake of the troubles Samsung had trying to launch its foldable phone. But according to the CNBC, Mate X will ship with Android because the phone was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List.

The reliability of relatively untested foldable technology is not necessarily the much bigger problem for the company but the United States trade ban is the other major one. We reached out to Huawei for more clarification but have so far only been able to confirm that the September delay is real. Some of the new reports from CNBC and The Wall Street Journal has unveiled that Huawei Mate X Launch will be held in September.

It's an explanation that makes sense, but it's still unusual for a company to delay the launch of their product exclusively because their competitor's product has design flaws.

While Samsung has tried to solve design problems Galaxy Fold, discovered at the last moment, Huawei looked as visionary and competent manufacturer who was not in a hurry to schedule the release of his Mate X for June.

"If we are running such a media event this month, we should be doing something by now", said a Samsung official.

Ben Wood from CCS Insight stated: "the Mate X was always going to come later than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, but the Korean phone-maker's problems have certainly given Huawei more breathing space".

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold could have been the smartphone of the year, as it was the first smartphone from Samsung with an actual foldable display.

One of the main reason that caused the display issue on the Galaxy Fold is the fact that it comes with a soft protective film (screen protector) that protects the display, where a typical smartphone comes with hard tempered glass. Samsung and some of the carriers selling the Galaxy Fold have had to cancel pre-orders for the device until it is fixed.

Even though Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS, the company might be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative.

Huawei Mate X gets 11mm thin body and the device is 5G-enabled.

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.