Huawei Delays Launch of Foldable Smartphone, Being More 'Cautious' After Samsung's Galaxy Fold Issues

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Huawei today confirmed it is delaying the launch of its Mate X foldable smartphone from June to September for quality assurance purposes.

    Huawei's Mate X

    A spokesperson for Huawei said the Chinese smartphone maker is being more "cautious" after some reviewers experienced embarrassing display issues with Samsung's foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. "We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation," the spokesperson told CNBC.

    Samsung delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold back in April and plans to announce a new release date "in the coming weeks," according to CNET.

    Last month, the Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist over alleged national security concerns, effectively forbidding U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese smartphone and telecom giant, but a Huawei executive said that supply chain issues are not behind the delay.

    Huawei is instead postponing sales of the Mate X in part to improve the quality of the device's folding screen, said Vincent Peng, a senior vice president at Huawei, on the sidelines of a Wall Street Journal tech conference in Hong Kong.

    Adhering to the ban, Google parent company Alphabet previously said it will no longer license Android to Huawei for its smartphones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August. In this event, Peng said Huawei could have its own Hongmeng operating system ready by early next year.

    "Our preference will of course be Google and Android as we have been partners for many years," said Peng, according to Reuters. "But if the circumstances force us to, we can roll out Hongmeng in six to nine months."

    It is unclear if Apple will ever release a folding iPhone, but it has certainly explored the idea in patents. The technology is not cheap, with Huawei's Mate X expected to start at $2,600 in the United States, and clearly is not without its issues either as evidenced by Huawei's and Samsung's struggles.

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  2. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Thought this would eventually happen after what happened with Samsung and it seeming like the Galaxy Fold won't be launching anytime soon.
  3. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    They had better give me double the normal social merit credits for buying this.
  4. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Waiting to bring reliable tech to market > rushing to prove that you're more innovative than Apple.
  5. fireguy286 macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2014
    NY'er in Philly
    That's really RICH coming from Huawei.
  6. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004
    I remember months ago when I was saying these looked like crap and the quality and technology wasn’t there yet and I was getting told I was an Apple “fanboy”. Sure is looking like I and those who shared that view were right.
  7. macguru212 macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2009
    I just can't imagine plastic holding up to continuous bending - fatigue will set in quickly and the screen will break IMO.
    But whatever, I know nothing about the engineering of this.
  8. Rogifan, Jun 14, 2019 at 5:35 AM
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019 at 5:41 AM

    Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So they can resolve the fundamental problems with this tech in a couple of months? Laughable. I stil don’t get who this is for other than bored tech writers at The Verge. Are there that many people who need a tablet that can fold into the size of a phone?
  9. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    this and also indefinite delay of their MateBook line... this is not a good week for Huawei.
  10. pweicks macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2016
    Respect to Huawei for being honest about why it’s being delayed. It would’ve been so easy for them to simply blame it on politics.
  11. robbietop macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2017
    Good Ol' US of A
    Thank God! I was worried these folding phones were going to become a thing.
  12. IIGS User macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2019
    A gimmick, that brings nothing to the table technologically. The engineering is mature enough to support it, the introduction of moving parts to the device invites wear, tear, and defects, and who the HEIL is paying $2600 for a phone that won't be able to run Android as either a phone or a tablet, when you can get a new Android tablet and phone for less than half.

    This is quite possibly the most hairbrained tech idea I ever saw. Why large corporations would pursue bringing it to market is beyond me.

    Kind of reminds me of the electronic shifter Ford used in the Edsel. You can do it, but why?
  13. Bin Cook macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2018
    What reputation?
  14. Jim macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    When you blatantly copy others and then the company you "borrow" from fails, uh yeah, let's delay this thing until Samsung develops something we can copy/steal/borrow.
  15. kaycrystal626 macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2018
    Doesn't matter. Not like it's gonna sell in the US anyway.
  16. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Why would you need to be more cautious after the Galaxy Fold incident? Didn't your company do any QC of their own?
  17. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
  18. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Techno speak for "Our S*** ain't ready for prime time."

    Like the design though, hope I get to see one.
  19. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Said it before about the Galaxy Fold and I’ll say it again.
  20. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
  21. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    I had forgotten about both of these. I think I assumed they were vapor ware even though they had release dates.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    Let Apple fix the folding problem, release it, popularize it, then others can come in with slightly larger screen.
  23. MadDawg2020 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    Saw that Huawei is making this, double the screen size they can use to monitor all your data!
    I’ll take a hard pass on this, even if it is free thank you very much!
  24. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    I wonder if this is a speed bump on the way to the future of foldable phones or if the foldable space has crashed and burned already with these two products.
  25. ipponrg macrumors 65816

    Oct 15, 2008
    You never know. It could become the next Apple Watch. No one in the industry thought people would adopt it despite its early shortcomings. ;)

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