Huawei CEO takes shots at Samsung Galaxy Fold

Huawei CEO takes shots at Samsung Galaxy Fold
There were only two major foldable phones shown off at MWC this week -- the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold -- so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that there would be a bit of competition between the companies. What might be a surprise is that Huawei was the first to fire shots in the coming foldable phone battle.

In a recent interview, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's mobile business, talked about the process that led to the Huawei Mate X. Yu said Huawei tried a number of different designs for its first foldable phone and even had three different prototypes in development at one time. And, Yu said Huawei tried out a design similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy Fold but decided that having screens on both the back and the front of the device made the phone too heavy. Ultimately, Huawei killed off that design idea and Yu went as far in the interview as calling that type of design "not good" and even "bad." 

Given what we saw, Huawei's design did seem to make more sense from an ergonomics standpoint, but it's still up in the air as to how the display being on the outside of the phone will stand up to regular use. The major issue with foldable screens is that it can't be covered with glass, it has to be covered with plastic, and plastic is soft enough to be scratched by quite a lot of things that would be in a pocket or bag with your smartphone. 

Of course, all folding phones, as cool as they seem, are still just beta products right now. There's a long way to go with this form factor. 

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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22 Comments

1. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Huawei is just jealous of Samsung's tech since theirs will only allow them to bend, and not fold the display. First, what some people don't realize is how cumbersome the Mate X is. The smallest size its display can get is 6.38" - basically as big as the Mate 20 Pro's, then add the area of the grip and the blank screen above it and you have a gargantuan "smartphone". Second, you have a display on the side with plastic substrate exposing it to damage in day-to-day use. And third, since the display is OLED it's also more prone to burn-in since some part of the display is turned off in phone mode. Compared to the Mate X, the Galaxy Fold looks way more premium, well-thought-of and polished.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To be fair, the Galaxy Fold doesn’t really fold. If you look at the photos the Galaxy Fold does not fold completely flat against itself. It’s hinge looks a lot like the Surface Book when it’s closed. I’m not arguing that the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have a better overall appeal, but it also presents challenges in that because it doesn’t fold completely flat it also is going to be thicker in part on one side.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

https://www.businessinsider.com/review-samsung-galaxy-fold-vs-huawei-mate-x-2019-2 If you look at the picture at the top of this article you can see what I mean by it not closing completely or folding.

5. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What I'm saying is the Fold is capable of much smaller bending radius. Of course we can't expect plastic substrate to fold like paper without any permanent crease. My point is Huawei is criticizing the Fold for the design they are not yet capable of executing. Give Huawei a few years and their foldable will have the same design as the Fold.

18. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

It does not fold extremely flat but it do folds, lmao

22. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Dr. Phil... Its called Samsung Fold... not Samsung Fold Flat!

9. devxv

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 19, 2017

True, the screen wrinkles were clearly visible in almost all reviews

10. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Reviewers from other sites took pictures that show wrinkles in the Samsung Fold as well.

23. EzZONE

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 14, 2018

But it can hide and less visible than Mate X's display

26. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Not really it wrinkles just the same, the only difference is that Samsung didn't allow anyone to get near the Fold, Huawei let the press have full hands on so they got to examine the X a lot closer.

4. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Huawei needs to shut their mouths, sit still for a minute and maybe they will learn something!

12. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Learn what? How to do heavy chrome brick with huge unsymmetrical notch ,gap and dike?

13. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

You already have the Fold and you have that experience. Tell us more about your Fold. What else you don't like about your device.

19. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

The she-Male cant because he/she didn't sell enough azz to afford one.

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

He is telling the truth and pretty much everyone likes huawei solution over sams**k. Jealous samfans already tried to troll mate x but it just exposes their hypocrisy. LOL.

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

no-one said the solution sucked. they prefer samsungs soluction since the flexible oled is plastic therefore it is better protected when its folded inwards. if huawei has a solution for scratch resistant screens, then it will be much better. its feels more like a concept than reality.

21. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Fold ain’t even released yet and you already cryin’ . Awwwwwwww .......

14. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Silence is better than bulls**t, let your product speak for itself.

15. colin30

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

seriously? it looks like cheap plastic unfinished product...we will see who will be the last winner..and reactions of all of tech site that cheering for huawei mate x...!!

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

samsung can just post of a picture of the huawei with scratches all over and write "this is why a phone should fold inwards"

24. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Okay, Samsung design take a literal approach of folding... Basically this is the first thing we could imagine in designing yet strong points is the ability to preserved the plastic screen from scratches. Huawei with mate X design is a creative manner and convey a form factor of a phone to a tablet that no general designer could imagine but took a concern of exposing the screen the external that could damage the screen and durability of the hinges. I still love both for giving us innovative ideas.

27. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Many years back, Samsung said they didnt want to produce an inward folding phone because outward folding phone with screens on the outside is far more practical since the screens cam be used when the phone is folded. However they said they cant figure out how to make a screen that can fold outwards reliably. I wonder why Samsung ended up deciding to even release an inward folding phone. It's not very useful at all so why not wait until they get it right?

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