Huawei Mate X not ready for market yet, company says it is perfecting phone for the public
Samsung and Huawei announced the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, respectively, earlier this year and they are yet to hit the market. Issues with the foldable display and hinge design forced Samsung to postpone the release of the Galaxy Fold. Huawei then decided to delay the release of its own Mate X to make sure the device did not face the same issues. While Samsung is now ready to launch the Galaxy Fold in September, it seems Huawei is not ready to commit to a launch date for the Mate X just yet.
Last week, Huawei announced the Mate 20X 5G in China. After the event, He Gang, director of Huawei's consumer business mobile phone line, said in an interview that the company was still "optimising" and "perfecting" the Mate X and that the phone will not go public without meeting quality requirements, as reported by MyDrivers.
"Everyone should be very clear that Huawei's quality requirements are very demanding. If it does not meet the quality requirements, it will not let the products go on the market." He Gang said.
Without talking about whether the Mate X showed similar display issues as the Galaxy Fold, He Gang said that the optimisation process "involves new processes, new design methods, etc., which will bring difficulties, problems and challenges in various usage scenarios." He added that the process turned out to be more challenging than they originally anticipated.
While the company is trying to assure consumers that it wants to deliver the perfect Mate X, it also sounds as though it is nowhere close to providing an exact launch date. As of now, it looks like Samsung will pip Huawei in the race to launch a foldable smartphone with the Galaxy Fold confirmed to release in September.
Huawei was also expected to release the Mate X in September, but He Gang said that the company is not concerned about beating Samsung. "We have invested heavily in Mate X. As for when Samsung is listed, it is not a key point for us to consider. The key point we consider is to hope that consumers can get this product when they get it. We want to ensure high-quality products and good consumer experience."