Huawei is delaying the launch of his highly anticipated foldable smartphones Mate X. The mobile will be launching now in September, previously it was in June.
The Chinese tech giant gave a statement to CNBC and The Wall Street Journal that the company is doing the extensive testing to ensure that the device was ready for consumers, and the company was taking a cautious approach due to the failed launch of Samsung’s own foldable device, the Galaxy Fold. The Samsung Galaxy Fold device debuted in April but shipment of the phone has been delayed to an undefined period after the devices reviewed by multiple outlets were broken in a matter of days.
According to the statement given by the spokesperson of the Huawei to CNBC says, “We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation,”
The bigger problem for Huawei is not necessarily the reliability of relatively untested foldable technology but it has to majorly deal with the ongoing effects of the US trade ban.
Huawei has been placed on the Entity List. Due to this, American firms have been unable to sell or license any technology to the firm. These new laws are creating a problem for Huawei. Most importantly its inability to license the full version of Google’s Android operating system that was used in the Huawei smartphones.
Now it is unclear that either the mate X will be shipped with the Android in September or not. According to the CNBC, the Mate X will be shipped with Android because the phone was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List,” but the WSJ says that the issue is still being discussed. Keeping all this in view, the Verge has reached out to Huawei for clarification.
Contrarily, the smartphones may ship Huawei’s own mobile OS which they are developing for years. A spokesperson gave a statement to the CNBC that it would prefer to go with Google’s software but added: “If we are forced to do it by ourselves, we are ready. We can do it in the next six-to-nine months.”
For your information, The Mate X was originally unveiled in February and was praised by some as the most promising of the new crop of foldable devices. The device is having a single display of 8-inch OLED panel that will fold in two. The device will be coming with 8GB of RAM, three cameras, 5G support, and it will cost roughly €2,299 ($2,600).