Huawei delayed Mate X foldable launch to September, a little more than it was set to be launched, as it does extra tests following the debacle Samsung went through with its rival device.
A spokesperson for the Chinese technology giant told CNBC on Friday that the company is trying to launch the Huawei Mate X globally, focusing on markets that are rolling out next-generation mobile networks known as 5G. The Mate X, which starts at around 2,299 euros or roughly $2,600, is a 5G-capable device.
Mate X’s first look was released in February but is yet to go on sale. The Chinese tech giant aimed at launching it sometime in mid-2019 and in April, they said that they would launch it in June. But recently, the spokesperson said that the phone is set to launch in September. The delay is because the company is testing the mobile carriers around the world and developers to make sure their apps work when the device is fully unfolded.
Huawei’s spokesperson also said that they’re being extra careful after the news of Samsung’s foldable phone, Galaxy Fold, began to break. Samsung had to cancel all the pre-orders that customers had made.
“We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation,” the spokesperson said.
The launch will prove in favor of Huawei after the launch of its laptop had to be put to stop due to its existence on the US blacklist. The “Entity List” bans American companies from selling software and technology to the Chinese tech company.
Experts made a statement saying that this move would hurt Huawei’s smartphone ambitions. On Tuesday, Shao Yang, a top executive of Huawei, said that it took long before the company realized that they are not at the top of the smartphone business, they are on second place, the first being South Korea’s Samsung.
Huawei’s spokesperson also added that even after the blacklisting they are confident enough that the launch will be a successful one. He also said that Mate X will run on Google’s Android operating system as it was set to launch before the Entity List.
The Chinese firm has been making contingency plans, including creating its own operating system that could replace Android if it is cut off from using the software. Huawei’s consumer business CEO Richard Yu told CNBC recently that the operating system could be rolled out in China this year, but it was “plan B,” and the company would prefer to use Google. This was reiterated by Huawei’s spokesperson on Friday.
“We don’t want to go for our own systems; we still very much like the co-operation with Google in the past few years. If we are forced to do it by ourselves, we are ready. We can do in the next six-to-nine months,” the spokesperson said.