Huawei delays foldable Mate X after Samsung troubles

Huawei has delayed the launch of its much-anticipated foldable smartphone until September, with the firm saying the device needs to undergo extra tests to ensure it is up to standard.

The Mate X was unveiled in February, with initial plans for a June launch around the world. However, the Chinese firm stated the problems experienced by the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold have led it to slow down its plans.

Samsung’s device was pulled indefinitely just days before it was due to go on sale after several reviewers who had been given early access reported problems with the screen. The Korean manufacturer has not yet offered any indication as to when it will be available.

A spokesperson for Huawei told CNBC the issues faced by Samsung have caused it to be more “cautious” in its approach to the Mate X, adding: “We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation.”

However, the teething troubles faced by Samsung may not be the only reason for Huawei to delay its own plans, as it has been suggested the firm’s current trade ban could also be having an impact on the decision.

Last month, the US placed Huawei on its restricted Entity List, which prohibits American firms from doing business with the company.

This has already led to Google blocking future Huawei devices from access to key Android services, while chipmakers Qualcomm and IBM have also cut off supplies of vital components.

Huawei insists the Mate X will not be affected by the move, with the spokesperson telling CNBC the device will still run Android, as it was launched before Huawei was placed on the Entity List.

However, the Wall Street Journal has suggested this is still being discussed, so Huawei may have to move to its own operating system for the Mate X and other new devices in the coming months.

The Huawei firm has said it could be ready to ship devices with its own software in six to nine months, though it has said this is “plan B” and the firm would prefer to continue working with Google.

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