The Mate X August release may beat Galaxy Fold to the punch

The Mate X August release may beat Galaxy Fold to the punch
Samsung is gearing up for the final release date of the Galaxy Fold, after the few preview specimens it sent out to tech reviewers and assorted "influencers" were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts. Korean media reported recently that it has actually managed to solve the two glaring problems that emerged during the real-life operation of the Fold - the top layer looking like a screen protector, and the peeling on the crease edges..

During the announcement of Huawei's newest phones in the Nova 5 series, on the other hand, the mobile department chief disclosed some news around the foldable Mate X release, too. It seems that the phone hasn't been delayed to test it further for the mishaps that happened with the Galaxy Fold preview units, but rather because it awaits 5G testing and "certification" which we'd wager to guess means a wait to see what happens with Huawei's Google Services ban.

Well, today's report out of China is that the TAH-AN00 codename (denoting the Mate X), has obtained a network access license from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industries, and the phone's last release hurdle has been overcome. 

This jibes in with the report that the White House administration will be relaxing the bans it imposed on Huawei suppliers before the mid-August deadline, so we might very well see Huawei launch the world's first mass-produced foldable phone before Samsung.

Related phones

Mate X
  • Display 8.0" 2200 x 2480 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh
Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Wait...so they DIDN'T do extensive testing of this thing to preclude real-world issues experienced by Samsung? Oh boy.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Where does it say that in the article?

4. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

That was the excuse for the 3-month delay, reported weeks ago. So if it wasn't that....

5. Vyshak75

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

M sure it was that. But if they admit it, that means there might be flaws in the device. Hence...

7. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nope. Huawei will sell these and just pluck out whoever complain to their products. The consumers will be their company testers. That's huawei quality control for you.

6. FLOGROWN

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

SS and Huawei are in a fierce battle for the NEXT FLOP

8. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't mind if samsung fold is a flop, I did not spend money with the R&D anyway. What I don't like are half-baked expensive defective products then I cannot get a full refund.

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