Huawei Postponements Launch of Folding Smartphone
Huawei has postponed the launch of the Mate X folding handset until September, having originally planned to launch it this summer.
The firm said it required to performance extra tests following screen difficulties reported by early reviewers of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
Both firms had uncovered the devices in February but Huawei said it now wanted to be “careful”.
Samsung presently has no issue date for the Fold.
Huawei informed to the BBC that the Mate X is expected to launch in September 2019.
“We don’t want to launch a product to abolish our status,” it told CNBC.
“The Mate X was continuously going to come later than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, but the Korean phone-maker’s problems have certainly given Huawei more breathing space,” said Ben Wood from CCS Insight.
“There is little doubt that Huawei will have learned lessons from Samsung’s difficulties and – given the extra examination the Mate X will get as a result – Huawei is well advised to confirm it has every possibility covered.”
Huawei has also clashed a new laptop launch this week because of its current position on a US trade blacklist.
It is suspect of having committed bank scam to evade Iran sanctions, and barrier of justice, among other violations.
The firm rejects any misconduct.