Huawei has postponed the launch of its exceedingly 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 ensure the device was prepared for buyers, and that the company was taking a “cautious” approach following the fizzled dispatch of Samsung’s own foldable gadget, the Galaxy Fold. The Fold appeared in April yet shipment of the phone has been uncertainly 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 more concerning issue for Huawei, however, isn’t really the unwavering quality of moderately untested foldable innovation — it’s the continuous impacts of the US trade ban.
Since Huawei was put on the alleged Entity List, American firms have been unfit to offer or permit any innovation to the firm. This has made a wide range of inconvenience for Huawei, most remarkably its powerlessness to permit the full form of Google’s Android operating system.
Regardless of whether the Mate X — if and when it dispatches in September — will accompany 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 initially divulged in February and was applauded by some as the most encouraging of the new yield of foldable gadgets. 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).