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Huawei is delaying its folding phone

The last two months have not been kind to fans of folding phones.

In April

Samsung delayed the launch of its Galaxy Fold, and almost two months later there is still no official release date.

Now, Huawei is doing the same with its Mate X. The company told CNBC that the phone will be launched in September, instead of June, as originally planned.


Huawei partially blamed Samsung and its folding phone debacle. A spokesman for Huawei told CNBC that the company decided to be "Cautious" with respect to the Mate X, after the Samsung Galaxy Fold began to fall into the hands of the reviewers in just a few days of use.

"We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation," the spokesman told CNBC.

It is an explanation that makes sense

But it is still unusual for a company to delay the launch of its product solely because the product of its competition has design flaws.

Especially since the two devices have a very different design; the Mate X folds out, while the Galaxy Fold has an additional screen and folds inward.

We contacted Huawei for further clarification, but so far we have only been able to confirm that the September delay is real.

The Mate X

It is a promising folding phone with an 8-inch folding screen, a fairly thin form factor (11 mm) and 5G.

The rest of the specifications are top-notch and include Huawei's Kirin 980 chip, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery.

Whatever the problems

Huawei with the Mate X, it is likely that the company has delayed its launch, at least in part due to the commercial ban recently imposed in the US. UU. , Which prohibits you from buying parts of US companies. UU.

Without special approval from the government. Earlier this week, Huawei delayed the launch of an upcoming MateBook laptop, possibly indefinitely, due to the ban.