The Huawei Mate X is no longer expected to beat the Galaxy Fold to market


Almost six months after the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X were first showcased in the flesh, the race is still on for which of the two tech giants can actually deliver a functional foldable device in the hands of customers by the end of the year.

Radically different in their implementations of a groundbreaking new design, the flexible phones ran into similar difficulties when the two companies attempted to ramp up production. A series of seemingly endless delays ensued, and while Samsung appears fairly confident it will be able to kick off sales next month, potential early adopters of the Mate X may need to continue waiting until November.

It's unclear exactly what caused this latest setback, but according to fresh information obtained by TechRadar at a recent Shenzhen press event, there's "no possibility of a September launch date anymore." The release schedule of the innovative out-folding handset was already revised from an initial June target, so it's certainly disappointing to hear about yet another postponement.

Of course, it's also not surprising that such a challenging design requires so much refinement work and preparation, especially as it appears that Huawei has changed the original Mate X prototype in a number of important ways, adding a fourth camera on the back and trimming the weight at the risk of reducing battery life as well. 

Believe it or not, the company is already looking ahead to a potential Mate X sequel that could be even more imaginative and futuristic, as well as harder to mass-manufacture. Huawei is considering making the rear cover out of glass rather than steel and, yes, turning said glass surfaces into "usable, touchable displays." That takes the idea of an "all-screen" smartphone to a whole new level, but before getting too excited, you should keep in mind this is merely a concept that may or may not pan out in the near future.

In the meantime, Huawei is reportedly pushing hard for a commercial Mate X release no later than November so as not to miss the holiday season entirely, at least in markets where the foldable device is expected to come, which obviously don't include the US. 

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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

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5 Comments

1. jiangqiushi

Posts: 7; Member since: May 28, 2019

Even IF samsung launch it in Sept, that's a big IF, the image of failed first batch of the Fold would never disappear from consumers' mind. So there is no more bragging power on who does it first (actually the small Chinese player launched the first foldable phone last year). So I guess Huawei will just being patient while perfecting the X before putting it in the market. Huawei has other bigger things to worry about.

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Yeah like the screen folding outwards and not inwards. Make the hinge stronger and do whatever but the screen is the most delicate part and that's where Huawei issues will lie.

4. MsPooks

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

That's why the Mate X keeps being delayed. There's no amount of lipstick for the pig that is the vulnerable screen. Basically, Huawei was going to release a phone at least six MONTHS too early in its development, had it not been for the Fold fiasco. Thing is, as the Fold was never actually released, the public at large is clueless as to what happened. And once they see the Fold in person....❤

5. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Thing is, as the Fold was never actually released, the public at large is clueless as to what happened. And once they see the Fold in person....❤" Here in the UK it was plastered all over the tv, internet, newspapers etc. The public in the UK is VERY aware of what happened with the Fold.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Foldable phones are more proofs of concept at the moment. I would wait till 2021.

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