Huawei delays launch of foldable Mate X following Galaxy Fold failure

Huawei has delayed the launch of its highly anticipated foldable phone, the Mate X, from June to September.

The Chinese tech giant told CNBC and The Wall Street Journal that it was doing extensive testing to make sure the device was ready for consumers, and that the company was taking a “cautious” approach following the failed launch of Samsung’s own foldable device, the Galaxy Fold. The Fold debuted in April but shipment of the phone has been indefinitely delayed after devices reviewed by multiple outlets broke in a matter of days.

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

The bigger problem for Huawei, though, is not necessarily the reliability of relatively untested foldable technology — it’s the ongoing effects of the US trade ban.

Since Huawei was placed on the so-called Entity List, American firms have been unable to sell or license any technology to the firm. This has created all sorts of trouble for Huawei, most notably its inability to license the full version of Google’s Android operating system.

Whether or not the Mate X — if and when it ships in September — will come with Android is unclear. CNBC says that the Mate X will ship with Android because the phone was “launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List,” but the WSJ says that this issue is still being discussed. The Verge has reached out to Huawei for clarification.

Alternatively, the phone might ship with Huawei’s own mobile OS, which it’s been developing for years. A spokesperson for the firm told 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 in the next six-to-nine months.”

The Mate X was originally unveiled in February and was praised by some as the most promising of the new crop of foldable devices. It 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).


Blames Samsung??


It really is Samsung’s fault though. If they had developed better tech for the Chinese to steal, Huawei would have better screen tech.

LoL!! Oh my goodness I almost bust out laughing here at work with how you typed out your comment.

So you think the problem with Galaxy Fold is not it’s design but the underlying screen technology? I guess that means Galaxy Fold is dead for good then.

And if Mate X last longer than Galaxy Fold, which as it sits is 1 day in user’s hands, it follows from your argument that this will prove Huawei has better display tech than Samsung

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

No, they’re not saying that. They’re making a joke.


Alternatively, the phone might ship with Huawei’s own mobile OS, which it’s been developing for years.

Even if the ban on Huawei lifts, I’m guessing they will continue to push their efforts for HongMeng adoption. Once bitten, twice shy, as they say. Other Chinese phone makers could also join and make a consortium. It would make complete sense for them to want to develop a fail-safe, given the treatment meted out to Huawei.

Did you know that Huawei budget phones already run HongMeng (Red Dream) OS on entry and budget levels.

All it is a forked version of Android just like FireOS from Amazon. Huawei can still use android AOSP they cannot use google services.

So I don’t understand all of the people in a comments making a big deal about it. Huawei technically did not make their new OS from the ground up. It’s heavily skinned and forked Android AOSP that’s why they claim all android apps can run on it.

It’s not a separate OS. Huawei folding phone is vapor ware. Their OS is going to be iOS clone anyway as their western Android ROMs look like iOS clones. Full of bloat.

Pretty much everything you said is wrong
- HongMeng does not mean red dream, pretty easy to check in a translator
- It’s not in their entry level phones, again pretty easily disproven if you just look them up
- The OS has an entirely new run-time environment with a new compiler and runs applications 30% faster than ART

The only thing you got right is it is backwards compatible with Android apps.

Honestly if you’re going to make things up, at least pick things that can’t be easily proven to be false.

Not making anything up.

Sources – regarding the name and devices already shipped:

Here is Huawei using sailfish instead of their own OS:

7 year development window:

You might be right that’s is not a fork of Android but if you look at Chinese market Huawei phones which I researched about all generally run forked Android with App Gallery.

Your source might be China daily which is state ran paper. GSM Arena is heavily Huawei biased but at least they don’t spew nonsense

It won’t fail if they never release it. It’s a PR vaporware anyway.

Who would have thought that 2 of the largest manufacturers in the world would both promote vaporware in 2019?

Apple was guilty of actual vaporware – whatever the charging pad was called. Samsung actually sent review units of the Fold.

The difference is that these were supposed to be major industry-defining products, Apple’s was an accessory. I guess once Apple ships a foldable phone it’ll be when others will start using that design as a reference it and then say Apple copied them and all will be back to normal

Did you have an internal debate with yourself about whether or not you could let a comment stand that was critical of two companies that weren’t Apple, or did you just rush right in when the injustice was posted?

I’m more curious if his internal debate was to refer to the AirPower by name, or if he should refer to it as "whatever the charging pad was called."

What were the stakes, risks, and rewards? We may never know…

I don’t see the injustice. All companies are guilty of vapor ware. However, Apple is better at shipping industry defining products and design that gets copied by others.

The reason Huawei in particular failed is because they could not find the right reference to copy.

No internal debate, just thinking through the issue.

I don’t think Samsung’s effort qualifies, since it was close to shipping. I think if they don’t resolve it it’ll be more of a failed product.

Kind of early to call it vaporware.

Samsung tech that Huawei stole wasn’t ready for primetime, so it’s Samsung’s fault.

So is everyone going to give them shit like they did Samsung?

The only tribals for Huawei are Chinese nationalists and Russian trolls. When you give shit to Sammy it’ll trigger all of Android-kind. And enough has been in the comments.

Samsung knights will stand up.

Huawei is only protected my commies, Chinese nationals, GSM Arena comment section and the troll community.

Thankfully The Verge comment section is getting smaller and smaller in the amount of Huawei apologists.

You forgot to add Vlad. He is too obsessed with low light photography that it looks like it hurts him seeing Huawei being punished for its crimes.

Probably not, since they didn’t put an obviously unfinished product out.

Seriously, I still don’t understand why Samsung didn’t test the phone out more. Everyone knows you should leave a unit at a bar or in a Lyft and see what happens.

A dig at Samsung? Shots fired

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