Huawei's CEO believes the Galaxy Fold's design isn't "good"

Huawei's CEO believes the Galaxy Fold's design isn't
The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X represent two very different takes on the foldable smartphone concept. But the CEO of Huawei’s mobile business, Richard Yu, believes the design of its offering is superior.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, the CEO admitted that the original Huawei Mate X prototype offered a design not too dissimilar to that of the Galaxy Fold. Eventually, however, this design was scrapped because it was “not good” – Richard Yu believes having a dual-screen setup “makes the phone too heavy.”

At one point, Huawei had three foldable projects under development simultaneously. One of these was “even better” than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But for unspecified reasons, the CEO decided to cancel the option because “it was bad.”

Ultimately, the company decided to go with the form factor that it announced last weekend. This boasts a large 8-inch display that can be folded back on itself to become a main 6.6-inch display and a 6.38-inch rear panel.

Aside from the larger display areas, the advantage to this design is that the smartphone is just 11mm thick when folded, which is much thinner than the rumored Galaxy Fold dimensions. Nevertheless, it does come with one big drawback.

When the Samsung Galaxy Fold is closed, the plastic-covered foldable display is protected from potential scratches. The Huawei Mate X, however, leaves the panel exposed at all times. This means that, in the long-run, it might not be as durable as Samsung's premium offering.

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38 Comments

2. DizzysEat

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 05, 2018

In other news, Samsung believes Mate X's design is bad.

36. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

why u lying to yourself?

3. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

larger and thinner display...say no more.

4. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Who knows. If Galaxy Fold has better sales, Huawai will make a similar design with Fold next time. If Mate X has better sales, Samsung will make a similar with Mate X design. So nobody knows wich implementation is better and for sure not the Huawai CEO.

5. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So they worked on three different prototypes in less than 5 days? That's astonishing.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Don't mind them. Yet, they can't seem to come out with a defined date of release.

6. surethom

Posts: 1713; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

He would say that, but as a consumer, the screen is way more protected folding inwards, so once the front screen is bigger than 4.6" samsung has the better design.

11. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

For me, as a consumer, protecting the screen is an smaller issue than having to use a 4.6 with huge bezels. Not a nice user experiance at all in my opinion.

14. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Infolding your phone over hundred times a day doesn't sound that good. I completely understand why huawei chose their design.

21. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Samsung says their galaxy fold can fold upto 200,000x before any degradation VS Huawei's garbage 100,000 folds. With knowing these facts the galaxy fold is 2x superior.

24. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I didn't mean the durability, i mean who want to do that. But you would propably unfold huawei lot less so..

42. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung fold has a display on the outside...no need to open and close it a hundred times a day.

44. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Yeah, a small weird display with huge bezels. That is my issue with it. Huaweis phone will feel like a modern smartphone when folded while Samsungs version will not.

46. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The big phone will easy get damaged being just in your pocket, that will not happen with Samsung, you have to go out of your way to damage it, do young think Samsung looked at both, they did say that some time back and went with the ver they got now due to damage problems, I.e. Samsung been there and done that, this was all Said last year

50. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

And huawei tried similar design like Samsungs and choose not to go that road. If you look at what the press who attended the event think, pretty much everyone liked the Mate X design better (anandtech.com has a roundup)

7. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They're only saying that because their technology can only allow them to bend their display and not fold it. Huawei's nothing short of insecure. Compared to the Mate X, the Galaxy Fold simply looks much more polished and consumer-ready.

16. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Agree and the Mate x is not worth $600 dollars more.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

" But the CEO of Huawei’s mobile business, Richard Yu, believes the design of its offering is superior" Well of course he does, lmao Sorry Huawei, Samsung did it right with more screen protection.

13. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Samsung made old people's phone like those Nokia communicators, Huawei made trendy and cool device.

23. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

A trendy looking paper weight. Let's face facts Huawei's design is crap, and I'm sorry for the sucker who's willing to shell out $2600 for that garbage.

25. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Reality, most people like that more than the huge heavy brick. Huawei won every fold vs Mate X poll i have seen except in this site because this is full of Samsung fans and Samsung wins every single poll.

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 1522; Member since: May 17, 2017

You’re starting to sound like a bitter anti-Samsung troll, sir. Kinda like those bitter fandroids you talk about...

15. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"At one point, Huawei had three foldable projects under development simultaneously. One of these was “even better” than the Samsung Galaxy Fold" So if one was better than Galaxy Fold and he never went with it does that mean he went with a version worse than Galaxy Fold? You heard it here 1st folks Huawei CEO admits Mate X is leagues behind the Galaxy Fold.

17. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

better than Galaxy Fold, but still worse than Mate X design...google translate could be tricky sometimes.

27. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Then surely it should have been 2 designs better than Galaxy Fold not one.

30. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

that is rather easy task to accomplish.

18. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Huawei will probably copy it. Hypocrites

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I think once under-display cameras become a thing, the Galaxy Fold design would be the winner. The notch on the Fold is a compromise for the inward folding design. If you can remove the notch and replace it with an under-display camera, I think I would buy the Fold (also throw in S-Pen as well).

47. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

In an not see how the spen will work

29. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Honestly, Mate x makes the Sammie look like 2 phones super glued together at the last minute, simply from a design perspective.

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