What you need to know
- Huawei has delayed the launch of the Mate X until September.
- The company plans to perform "extra tests" to ensure the design is up to par.
- The decision seems to stem from all the issues Samsung is having with the Galaxy Fold.
Huawei is not taking any chances with its next great smartphone. The company has delayed the launch of its upcoming foldable phone, the Mate X, until September.
According to CNBC, Huawei will administer "extra tests" to ensure the durability of the Mate X is as good as it can be. That should come as no surprise given the issues plaguing the Samsung Galaxy Fold, another up and coming foldable phone.
Right before the release of the Galaxy Fold back in April, reviewers started experiencing issues with the phone. Multiple review units broke because debris got under the folding mechanism. Samsung suspended the release of the phone at the time and two months later, it's still not any closer to releasing it.
With that as the backdrop, Huawei finds it more prudent to ensure the Mate X is running on all cylinders or risk a similar set back. Here's Huawei had to say on the matter
We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation.
Huawei, if you remember, has also been in trouble with the U.S. government as it was placed on the Entity List, which means it can't buy or use parts or technology from U.S. companies, including Android. But given the Mate X was announced well before this development, Huawei has confirmed the device will come with Android out of the box. As for future updates, that's still a murky subject.
Whenever the Mate X does launch, it'll retail for $2,600 (or €2,299).
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